India's hero at the 2011 World Cup, the Chandigarh-born — Yuvraj Singh — announced his retirement on Monday after spending 25 years in and around the 22 yards with almost 17 years of international experience. Yuvraj had captured the imagination of world cricket with his gravity-defying fielding abilities and effortless power-hitting.
A career that spanned over 304 ODIs, 58 T20Is and 40 Tests, Yuvraj imprinted his place in the echelons of cricket as a player who could pretty much win matches for his side either through his electric fielding, deceiving bowling or fierce batting.
"Thank you this has been a lovely journey. See you on the other side," Yuvraj said, adding that he would continue devoting his time to assisting cancer patients through his 'YouWeCan' foundation.
Cricketers, celebrities and renowned personalities took to their social media handles and thanked Yuvraj Singh for his contribution to the game. But, Rapper and singer Badshah's wish for the cricketer was special in its own way. Using 'The Jungle Book' connection, Badshah wrote a long and heart touching note on his Instagram.
He said: "his man in the picture will always be a legend to me. Yuvi paaji is probably one of the reasons for where I am in life right now. The young kid from Chandigarh who excelled in his profession and became world class. He gave hope to a lot of kids from Chandigarh. One of them was me. Through his game, he made a statement that it does not matter which city you're from, what matters is where you want to go, where you want to reach and what you want to be. A typical Chandigarh guy who loves his cars and his food became an inspiration for millions of kids. He taught me not to give a f**k about people who put you down and how you should let your work do the talking. And his work screamed. His work roared, straight into the face of the opponents. Not a flinch. Sweeping and pulling 360 degrees. Sher Khan on the field and bagheera off the field."
He also added: "He taught me how to bounce back. He taught everyone how to bounce back. And that too with swag. Took cancer by its horns and defeated it without a frown. Crushed whatever doubts anyone had about him or his form and fitness post-cancer. Again, no words, just some magnificent batting on field. Let his bat do the talking. And once the destruction was done, he’d go back to the normal life of a typical Chandigarh guy - food, friends and family. No media gungho, no glorifying PR stories. Just a simple guy who loved to play for his country. I feel blessed and lucky to be able to see you play live paaji. Im a little emotional as i write this. I will miss you. India will miss you. There would never be anyone else worthy of jersey no. 12."
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(With inputs from ANI)