Mumbai: Former India middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh called time on his decorated career on Monday with immediate effect.
The left-handed batsman played the last of his 304 one-day internationals two years ago. He was a key player in India’s World Twenty20 triumph in 2007 and was player of the tournament at the ODI World Cup in 2011.
“After 25 years in and around the 22 yards and almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on. This game taught me how to fight, how to fall, to dust off, to get up again and move forward,” the all-rounder, accompanied by his wife and mother, said at a press conference in Mumbai.
The man who starred in India's 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup victories, @YUVSTRONG12 announces his retirement from International cricket.
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 10, 2019
“To be a part of history that was made after 28 years, what more could I ask for,” Singh said, in a reference to the 2011 World Cup victory. I think it’s the perfect day to move on,” he said.
Yuvraj amassed over 11,000 international runs in the 304 ODIs, 40 Tests, and 58 T20Is, taking a total of 148 wickets in all three formats of the game.
“This has been a wonderful journey and see you on the other side. If I had got to play in the last IPL, which we won, that would have been an ideal send-off, but that was not to be,” Singh said.
Yuvraj made an emotional return to the game in 2012 after a lengthy lay-off because of a rare form of lung cancer. He revealed he had decided a year ago that he would be playing his last edition of the IPL this year.