Yuvraj Singh announces retirement from international cricket

The 37-year-old, who made his debut for India in 2000, will continue to be available for franchise-based leagues.

Yuvraj Singh brought down the curtains on his illustrious career on Monday.   -  Vijay Lokapally

Yuvraj Singh, who played a key role in India's 2011 World Cup win, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday, after serving Indian cricket for 19 long years.

The 37-year-old, however, will be available for overseas franchise-based leagues.

One of India's finest all-rounders, Yuvraj featured in 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India. He donned the India colours for the last time in 2017 as an indifferent form and injury issues forced him out of national reckoning.

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Even though he continued playing in the domestic circuit for Punjab and also featured in the Indian Premier League in the last two years, he was a shadow of his former self.

"I can't put it in words, I will try. After 25 years, and in 22 yards and 17 years of international cricket. I have decided to move on," he said at a plush hotel in Mumbai.

" Cricket has given me everything and it was a love hate relationship in retrospect. I can't express in words how that feeling is. I have failed more times than I succeeded, but I gave my gave my blood and sweat when it came to playing for country. I have failed more times than I succeeded, but I gave my blood and sweat when it came to playing for my country. My life has been a roller coaster ride. Next focus is to help cancer patients at youwecan," he added. 

After the domestic season got over, he had informed his team-mates in Punjab that this was his last stint for the state team. However, he played for Mumbai Indians in four IPL fixtures this year, scoring 98 runs.

Indian cricket fans will always remember Yuvraj's heroics in the World Cup in 2011 where he scored 362 runs, scalped 15 wickets and was adjudged the Player of the tournament.

A few months after that World Cup, Yuvraj was diagnosed with lung cancer, but he overcame the odds and returned to mainstream cricket within a year.

Yuvraj, the Player of the Tournament in India’s World Cup win in 2011, has offers from Global T20 Canada and Euro T20 Slam in Ireland.   -  afp

Son of former India cricketer, Yograj Singh, Yuvraj was part of India's U-19 team which won the World Cup in 2000.

In the same year, he broke into the senior national team and made his debut for India in the ICC Knock-out Trophy in Kenya in 2000.

He played a knock of 84 against Australia which had Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie in its ranks. That gritty innings defined Yuvraj's class.

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In his long and illustrious career, Yuvraj also enjoyed the feat of hitting England's Stuart Broad for six sixes during a World T20 fixture in South Africa in 2007.

The swashbuckling all-rounder lived life on the fast lanes and that defined Yuvraj Singh the cricketer — classy, elegant and flamboyant!

Yuvraj Singh - Batting statistics

 

Format

MInnNORunsHSAvgBFSR100s50s4s6s

Test

(2003–12)

40626190016933.9327758.031126022
 

ODI

(2000–17)

30427840870115036.5992487.71452908155
 

T20I

(2007–17

58519117777*28.0863136.4087774