Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi recently heaped praises on retired Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh, saying that the stylish left-hander inspired many with his fighting ability.
Arguably, one of the greatest Indian batsmen to have donned the blue jersey, Yuvraj was diagnosed with mediastinal seminoma, a germ-cell tumour located between his two lungs just after he helped MS Dhoni-led India clinch the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
Yuvraj ended his international career with an outstanding ODI record of 8701 runs – 22nd in the overall list, and seventh among Indians – at an average of 36.55 and 111 wickets.
In the longest format of the game, the 37-year-old Yuvi was not so effective, scoring three centuries and 11 half-centuries and aggregating 1900 runs, and in T20Is – where he headlined India’s 2007 title-winning effort with a blast of six sixes in Stuart Broad’s over – he ended up with 1177 runs and 28 wickets.
“Congratulations on a fantastic career Yuvraj Singh. You were an amazing batsman and a brilliant fielder with big match temperament. Your fighting ability is very inspiring, we spent great time together. All the very best in your life ahead,” wrote Afridi in his retirement message to the Punjab lad.
Congratulations on a fantastic career @YUVSTRONG12 You were an amazing batsman and a brilliant fielder with big match temperament. Your fighting ability is very inspiring, we spent great time together. All the very best in your life ahead. https://t.co/2wLMtHJGT4
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 10, 2019
Yuvraj still remembers the 40-ball century Afridi scored in Kanpur
Yuvraj responded to Afridi’s tweet calling him “Mr Boom Boom” which former Pakistan skipper is known as for his big-hitting ability. He also took a dig in memories recalling a 40-ball 100 that Afridi smashed against India in Kanpur during Pakistan’s tour of India in 2005.
It was the fifth ODI of a six-match series and Inzamam-ul-Haq’s side won that match by five wickets with almost eight overs to spare, thanks to Afridi’s 46-ball 102.
“Thank You Mr Boom Boom ! Can never forget your 40 ball 100 in Kanpur. We played in some great games and big tournaments those were some memories,” wrote Yuvi in reply to Afridi’s Twitter post.
Thank You Mr Boom Boom ! Can never forget your 40 ball 100 in Kanpur. We played in some great games and big tournaments those were some memories 🙏 https://t.co/AZQQ59FD2K
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 12, 2019