Yuvraj Singh hanged his boots from international cricket on Monday as he announced his retirement in an emotional press conference at Mumbai.
Yuvraj came into India’s One-day International (ODI) team in October 2000 during the ICC knockout tournament in Nairobi. He made his Test debut at his home turf of Mohali against New Zealand in October 2003 and then he went on to become a part of the Indian T20 International squad in the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, against Scotland at Durban.
The 37-year-old Yuvraj played 40 Tests, scoring 1900 runs with an average of 33.92 (3 hundreds and 11 50s). His highest Test score of 169 came against Pakistan in 2007 at Bengaluru.
A massive 304 ODIs was where Yuvi really blossomed, scoring 8701 runs at an average of 36.55 with 14 centuries and 42 fifties.
He is among the Indian greats who didn’t get a farewell game after contemporaries Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Gautam Gambhir.
After getting the news of Yuvraj’s retirement, Team India vice-captain Rohit Sharma posted a heartfelt message for the elegant southpaw, tweeting: “You don’t know what you got till its gone. Love you brotherman You deserved a better send off”.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) June 10, 2019
“You know how I feel inside! Love u brothaman you go be a legend,” Yuvraj wrote in his reply to Rohit’s tweet.
You know how I feel inside ! Love u brothaman you go be a legend ❤️
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 10, 2019
Yuvraj and Rohit have complimented each other on their accomplishments previously on multiple occasions. Yuvraj had once said that it would be a disaster and abomination if Rohit didn’t go on to score 10,000 Test runs.