Yuvraj Singh, India's middle-over batting linchpin in two World Cup triumphs, retired from Cricket with immediate effect. The all-rounder accompanied by his wife and mother told the reporters at a press conference held at a city hotel close to Wankhede Stadium where India lifted their last fifty overs World Cup title in 2011.
"I have decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything and that's why I am standing here," he said after being reduced to tears by a video of the highlights of his career.
Speaking about his future plans after hanging up the boots, the 37-year-old said, "I am going to focus on the next part of my life, and that is to help cancer patients through my foundation YouWeCan, where we spread awareness about cancer and help the underprivileged by conducting screening camps, funding their treatments and providing education to the underprivileged cancer kids. (sic)
"We have also started our own merchandising company to help generate funds for the cause. I really want to make a difference in society by setting examples through my inspiring story", he added.
Yuvraj Singh's 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 calling him " A hero, a Fighter and an Inspirational Legend".