Yuvraj Singh Bids Adieu to International Cricket
By CricShots - Jun 10, 2019 2:29 pm
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On Monday, the veteran Indian all-rounder, Yuvraj Singh has decided to call it a day on his international career, which lasted for around 19 years during which he played more than 400 matches. Ever since his debut, Singh made a mark for himself and his flamboyance lastest till his last international match in June 2017, after which he was sidelined.

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj became a role model for his fans when he fought off cancer to come back into international cricket. He was also a star of the Indian Premier League (IPL), representing several franchises and scoring plethora of run during his heydays. While announcing his retirement in Mumbai in a press briefing he said, “I have decided to move on.”

Yuvraj made his ODI debut in October 2000 in the ICC knockout tournament in Nairobi and his Test debut came at his home turf of Mohali against New Zealand in October 2003 and then he went on to become a part of the Indian T20I squad in the ICC World T20 in 2007, against Scotland at Durban in September 2007.

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Singh played as many as 40 Tests, scoring 1900 runs with an average of 33.92 (3 centuries and 11 fifties). His highest Test score of 169 came against Pakistan in 2007 at Bengaluru. He played as many as 304 ODIs was where Yuvi really delivered, scoring 8701 runs at an average of 36.55 with 14 centuries and 42 fifties. His highest score was 150 against England at Cuttack in 2017.

Yuvraj Singh announcing his retirement

One of the most memorable knocks of Yuvraj came when he smashed Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over in the T20 World Cup in 2007 at Kingsmead, Durban. He was a T20I superstar as well, playing 58 such matches to score 1177 runs with a superb strike rate of 136.38, with a top score of 77* against Australia at Rajkot in 2013.

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Yuvraj’s utility as a left-arm spinner has always been crucial and for that, Kevin Pietersen had termed him as ‘pie-chucker’. With 111 ODI wickets and a best of 5/31, Yuvi could well hold his own. He was the man of the tournament in India’s triumphant ICC World Cup 2011 campaign for his all-round performance as he picked 15 wickets in that tournament and scored 362 runs. He also chipped in with 28 T20I wickets and nine Test wickets.

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