Fighting back tears, Yuvraj Singh Monday announced retirement from international cricket, ending a "rollercoaster" career during which he became the hero of India's 2011 World Cup triumph and fought a gritty battle with cancer.
Yuvraj last played a Test in 2012 and ODI and T20 in 2017.
In his almost two-decade career, Yuvraj has been one of the biggest stalwarts in Indian cricket. He was a force to reckon with in the last decade when he was in his prime. After all, who can forget those six sixes off Stuart Broad's over during the inaugural edition of the ICC World T20 in 2007 where he had played a significant role in India's famous triumph.
Yuvi'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.
Netizens couldn't hold back and poured in their messages on Twitter -
"After 25 years, I have decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything and is the reason why I stand here today," the 37-year-old Yuvraj said addressing the media here.
"I was extremely lucky to play 400 games for India. I could have never imagined it when I first started playing cricket," he added.
Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India. He put together 1900 runs in the longest format, and 8701 in the one-dayers, the format in which he enjoyed most success.
"It was a love-hate relationship with this game. I can't explain what it really means to me. This game taught me to fight. I have failed more times than I succeeded and I will never give up," he said.
(With inputs from PTI)