Yuvraj Singh brought the curtains down on a decorated career on Monday as he announced his retirement from International Cricket. The all-rounder, accompanied by his wife and mother, announced his decision at a city hotel close to the Wankhede Stadium where India lifted the World Cup in 2011.
He was one of the biggest match-winners the country has ever produced, he ended a career which spanned 19 years after he made his debut in the ICC KnockOut Trophy in Kenya and impressed in his the very first match he got to bat against Australia, scoring a match-winning 84 against the likes of Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie.
My career started in 2000 and it has been 19 years. I was confused with my career and how I would end it. I would have been satisfied if I could have played more games in IPL 2019 would have been happy to leave the sport with that. But you don’t get everything in life. I had decided last year that this IPL would be my last and I’ll give it my best shot. I have decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything and that's why I am standing here," he said after being reduced to tears by a video of the highlights of his career.
Speaking about his future plans after hanging up the boots, the 37-year-old cricketer said:
"I am going to focus on the next part of my life, and that is to help Cancer patients through my foundation YouWeCan, where we spread awareness about cancer and help the underprivileged by conducting screening camps, funding their treatments and providing education to the underprivileged cancer kids. We have also started our own merchandising company to help generate funds for the cause. I really want to make a difference in society by setting examples through my inspiring story."
Yuvraj Singh's stellar all-round performances helped India win the World Cup after a long wait of 28 years. He finished as the 'Player of the Tournament' with 362 runs and 15 scalps in that showpiece event. The veteran all-rounder had stitched a match-winning 74-run stand with Suresh Raina against the mighty Australians in the quarterfinal after India had suffered a top-order collapse. His unbeaten 57 not only helped India reach the semis but also ended Australia's 12-year reign as the World Champions.
People couldn't hold back and poured in their messages on Twitter calling him " A hero, a Fighter and an Inspirational Legend".