Veteran Indian cricketer and hero of the nation’s 2011 World Cup trophy quest, Yuvraj Singh brought down the curtains on his illustrious career on June 10th, 2019.
An all-rounder who bats left-handed in the middle order and bowls slow left-arm orthodox, Yuvraj is the son of former Indian fast bowler and Punjabi actor Yograj Singh. In 2012, Yuvraj was conferred with the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award by the Government of India. In 2014, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour.
Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20 Internationals for India from 2003 to 2017. He last featured in IPL 2019 where he had almost gone unsold before Mumbai Indians grabbed him at his base price. The cricketer has amassed over 11,000 international runs.
“After 25 years in and around the 22 yards and almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on. This game taught me how to fight, how to fall, to dust off, to get up again and move forward,” he said at a press conference in Mumbai on June 10th, 2019, The Indian Express reported.
He thanked family, friends, teammates, coaching staff and others who he had interacted with during his playing career. Yuvraj shared that he would also be focussing on his work with cancer patients.
Yuvraj had been the main force behind India’s second World Cup triumph in 2011, for which he received the player of the tournament award.