Yuvraj in a press conference on Monday announced his retirement and said, "It's was great rollercoaster ride and beautiful story but it has to come to an end. It was the right time to go."
Yuvraj Singh's proud wife and actress Hazel Keech shared an emotional message for the husband and champ cricketer, with a picture from the press conference. She wrote: "And, with that, its the end of an era. Be proud of yourself husband, now onto the next chapter.... love you." [sic]
While Yuvraj thinks he will play himself in his biopic, but when Republic TV asked Hazel about which actor she would pick to play Yuvraj Singh in his biopic, she said, "The guy from Game of Thrones, Jon Snow, Kit Harrington". [sic]
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The Punjabi southpaw, though, tried repeatedly to turn back time before calling it quits.
"After 25 years, in and around 22 yards, and after almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything and is the reason why I stand here today," the 37-year-old said addressing the media in the extravagant interiors of a star hotel that quite resembled his flamboyant batting.
"I was extremely lucky to play 400 games for India. I could have never imagined it when I first started playing cricket," he added.
The explosive batter said he now wants to "enjoy life" and pursue a freelance career in T20 leagues internationally, pending BCCI permission. But he will no longer be seen in the Indian Premier League.
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. His one-day runs tally places him 22nd in the overall list, and seventh among Indians.
A useful left-arm spinner, Yuvraj picked up 111 ODI wickets at an average of 36.55.
"It was a love-hate relationship with this game. I can't explain what it really means to me. This game taught me how to fight, how to fall, to dust myself off and get up again and move forward," he said.