One of world cricket's iconic players and a stalwart of Team India Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from International Cricket on Monday. As he made this major announcement, he spoke on a range of subjects at a press conference in Mumbai.
A reporter asked who is the player in which he sees his image, Yuvraj Singh said: "Not my image, I believe that he has the potential to be much bigger than me. He has proved in an early age in his career that he can. Rishabh Pant scored two test hundreds away - one in Australia and the other in England. So that boy has great potential. He can become one of the most attacking and match-winning left-handers. Looking forward to seeing him in the next few years," said Yuvraj Singh.
Yuvi on Monday brought curtains down on his 19-year illustrious career where he was a part of India's two World title triumphs (ICC World T20 in 2007 and ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011). He was also adjudged 'Player of the Tournament' in the 2011 World Cup.
In the press conference when asked if he requested the BCCI for a retirement match, he said: "Neither anyone told me nor did I say to anyone that I want the last match, if I was good, if I had potential, then I would have gone on the ground. They said that if you cannot pass the Yo-Yo test then you can play a retirement match, but I did not want this because I don't want to play this type of cricket saying that I want a match. So I replied that if I cannot pass the Yo-Yo test than I will go home. But I passed the yo-yo test and rest is all my call."
Yuvi was recently seen in action in the IPL where he was a part of the victorious Mumbai Indians squad. Barring his half-century in the first game, he could not make much of an impact as he was benched after four games.
Yuvraj's stellar all-around 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.