Former Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh has stated that he wanted to call it a day after a good IPL season in 2019. The left-hander admitted that he was not eyeing national come back into the team as Ambati Rayudu was doing well at the number four position. The southpaw didn’t have a great season in IPL 2018 but he wanted to turn the tides in the IPL 2019 and bid adieu to the game.
However, Yuvraj could not get going in the IPL 2019 as he managed only 98 runs in four matches for Mumbai Indians at an average of 24.50. The left-hander didn’t get a lot of chances for the Rohit Sharma-led side. After the IPL, Yuvraj Singh decided to hang his boots from all forms of the game when the team was playing in the 2019 World Cup.
Yuvraj Singh didn’t have a great record in the IPL
Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh had an illustrious career and he achieved all the success. The southpaw played his last ODI match against the West Indies in June 2017 and scored 57 runs in the three-match series. Subsequently, he didn’t get any more chances and he was dropped from the side.
In fact, Yuvraj Singh didn’t have a promising record in the IPL as he scored 2750 runs in 132 IPL matches at an average of 24.77. Yuvraj went on to play in the Global T20 Canada league after announcing his retirement from all the forms of the game.
“See I did not have a good 2018 IPL so I thought that this (2019 edition) is my last IPL and I want to finish on a high and say goodbye. I was not really thinking about international cricket you know. Because Ambati Rayudu was playing in the number four spot and was doing well so I thought the team had moved on. So I really wanted to have a good IPL and then end my career. I started well in the IPL but it did not go well and there were young guys who were doing well,” Yuvraj Singh told Sportskeeda in the chat show ‘Free Hit’.
Yuvraj Singh scored 8701 runs in 304 ODI matches at an average of 36.56. The left-hander used to be at his best in the big tournaments as he scored 362 runs and scalped 15 wickets in the 2011 World Cup. Thus, he was awarded the Player of the tournament.
On the other hand, Yuvraj was at his best in the 2007 T20 World Cup and had scored a 30-ball 70 against Australia in the semi-final.