On Monday, Yuvraj Singh who was the player-of-the-tournament in India’s triumphant 2011 World Cup campaign has announced his retirement from the game. Yuvraj will be remembered as one of the most skilful white-ball cricketers who featured in 23 domestic seasons. Yuvraj hopes to continue plying his trade in franchise overseas leagues for the next few years who is the architect of India’s two ICC titles over the last decade.
Yuvraj said that he want to play T20 cricket. He can manage to play some kind of fun cricket and it’s too stressful for him to just think about his international career. He revealed that last year he declined the “farewell game” offer, instead of making himself available for selection.
He also gave a word of advice for youngsters saying that a lot of younger guys are getting a lot of money in IPL. Sometimes they are getting money a bit too easily, without really appreciating it. He said they don’t listen when you talk to them. They will learn themselves as it’s a learning process. 20 years ago, even he did not listen. So it is very important that they have to focus on cricket and on playing for India.
He had accomplished the achievements like during the 2011 50-over World Cup, where he became the first all-rounder to score 300-plus runs and to take 15 wickets in a single edition of the tournament. It was like a dream for him for receiving four MoM awards and Man-Of-The-Tournament for the 362 runs and 15 wickets that was followed by getting diagnosed with cancer.
He explained that he got immense support from his family and friends who stood by him, like pillars of his strength and courage during this phase of his life.
He rated Sourav Ganguly and Mahendra Singh Dhoni as his favourite captains. He said Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, as well as Australian pace great Glenn McGrath, were the toughest bowlers whom he faced in his career.