Veteran all-rounder Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from International Cricket on Monday. The 2011 'Player of the Tournament' winner thereby, brought curtains down on his almost two-decade career. After Yuvi had made this announcement official, the cricketing fraternity came forward to wish the pioneer of India's second World Cup triumph good luck for his future endeavours. Among them was his frenemy Kevin Pietersen.
The former English skipper Kevin Pietersen also came to wish Yuvi a happy retirement life with a positive message. The cricketer-turned-commentator took to Twitter and wrote 'Happy retirement, Pie Chucker. A quite remarkable career with plenty of highs and some pretty brutal lows. You showed resilience, courage & pure brilliance throughout your time wearing blue!'
KP's pie-chucker statement dates back to 2008 when the South-African born English batsman had given this term to Yuvraj Singh during England's tour of India that year. Pietersen had labelled Yuvi as a 'Pie-Chucker' referring to his bowling. After knowing about the incident, Yuvraj also did not remain silent as he hit back at KP by calling him useless. Keeping their off-the-field remarks aside, Yuvraj had got the better of Pietersen twice in that series. In fact, Yuvraj's left-arm spin has managed to bamboozle the then English captain five times when the two had faced-off against each other.
Pietersen's pie-chucker statement made the netizens nostalgic. Here are a few comments.
Speaking about England, Yuvraj had played two memorable knocks against the three-time World Cup finalists. One was his 69 in the Natwest Series tri-series final in 2002 where he Mohammad Kaif took India to a famous win chasing a mammoth target of 326. He had scored 69 in that game.
His another memorable knock against England was during the inaugural edition of ICC World T20 2007 where he hit Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over. Yuvi scored an explosive 16-ball 58 which powered India to a gigantic score of 218/4 in their 20 overs. The Men In Blue ended up winning that contest by 18 runs.