India's doughty all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Jun 10. He represented India for nearly two decades making his debut against Kenya back in 2000. Yuvraj played a pivotal role in India's 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup glory.
Yuvraj was a product of India's famous U-19 World Cup squad that went on to win the tournament for the first time in their history. He made his way to the senior side too quickly, and helped India go past Australia in the 2000 ICC Champions Trophy knockout match by scoring 84 runs of 80 balls, which was only his second international game. But it wasn’t until the run chase in the Natwest series final at the Lord's that made him a household name. After that innings his career just went upward, and he didn’t had to look back again.
According to many, Yuvraj is the best limited over cricketer India has ever produced; but fans of Tendulkar or Dhoni or even Kohli may not feel the same.
He is the only cricketer in T20 to hit six sixes in an over, and holds the record of the fastest 50 of just 12 balls in this format. He was adjudged Man of the Tournament in ICC World Cup 2011 where India became champion after 28 years.
On the other hand, the Test career of Yuvraj is something which he couldn’t quite get a hold of. He received a meagre of 40 Test caps for India which will not satisfy him as a cricketer.
Yuvraj featured for 40 Tests, 304 ODI's and 58 T20's for India.
As things was going well for him, suddenly he had to stay away from the game to battle out with the cancer. Although he returned, but he was not the same cricketer as before.
Yuvraj played his last international match for India against Windies in June 2017. Since then he played occasionally for Punjab, and was a squad player in IPL for last two seasons.
Yuvraj might be retiring from cricket but the fans all over the world will surely miss him. A player whose fielding was like an eagle at the point, a player who took back to back five wickets in the World Cup as a fifth bowler, will surely leave his footmark for the years to come.