After dedicating almost 17 years to the world of cricket, former India all-rounder, Yuvraj Singh took retirement from his career on June 10 on a rather emotional note. However, while delivering his farewell speech he did not forget to thank all those who had played a significant role in shaping his career and one such person standing out was former Indian Team Captain, Sourav Ganguly.
Picking Sourav Ganguly as his favourite captain, Yuvraj Singh expressed his gratitude towards the man who gave him his first break in cricket, Yuvraj Singh made his international debut under him in 2000 and rose to stardom in the Indian cricket team with 'Dada' at the helm.
"I started my career under Sourav Ganguly's captaincy and got an opportunity to play with my idol, the great Sachin Tendulkar, and other legends like Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Javagal Srinath
With watery eyes and a heavy heart, he turned his back on a sport which had become his life for the past 25 years. From hating cricket under his father’s routine to loving it, it was quite a journey for the southpaw batsman. Backing the batsman who had bravely fought Cancer among other things, Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter to say,
The man whose extraordinary courage and talent made him win the 2011 World Cup said that Yuvraj said he enjoyed the most playing under Ganguly. The fact that Ganguly fought for his players, made the Indian team a strong unit.
“Sourav Ganguly was very authoritative when it came to fighting for his players. He wanted certain players that he should back to build a team. Players like myself, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag. He built us guys together” he said.
While praising Sourav for his undaunted captaincy, he also did not forget to pay his tribute to MS Dhoni under whose tutelage he proved himself the man of the series during the 2011 world cup,
"MS Dhoni was very composed under pressure. He had a very good mind behind the stumps and how the game was going. These two were very special captains," Yuvraj Singh said.
Yuvraj Singh played 304 ODIs, 40 Tests, 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 the most success. His one-day runs tally places him 22nd in the overall list and seventh among Indians. The 37-year-old last played for India in June 2017.