Yuvraj Singh Reveals Why He Decided To Retire From International Cricket

Yuvraj Singh Reveals Why He Decided To Retire From International Cricket

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India’s former talisman batsman Yuvraj Singh had decided to call it a day on 10 June 2019. The retirement bell was ringing for a long time in Yuvraj Singh’s mind and he finally decided to hang his boots almost one year ago. The southpaw had played his last ODI match against the West Indies in 2017 and it was almost two years that he was not getting chances in the national colors.

In fact, Yuvraj had recently mentioned that there was a lack of communication with the national selectors and he should have received more chances. However, it was frustrating for Yuvraj as he was not in contention to make a comeback into the senior side. Consequently, Yuvraj was thinking when he should decide to retire.

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Yuvraj Singh, Image Credit: Getty Images.

Yuvraj Singh was a champion player

It is well known that it is not easy for a player to suddenly bid adieu to the game, which he has played for more than 15 years at the top level. Yuvraj had savored great success in his illustrious career and he is well known for his performances in the big matches.

“When you are at a fast pace in life, you don’t realize a lot of things. Suddenly you are like, what has happened here? I am sitting here at home for 2-3 months, obviously for different reasons,” he said.

“I got to a stage when cricket was not helping me mentally. I always wanted to play cricket but it was not helping me stay in a good state of mind. I was dragging myself and thinking ‘when do I have to retire, should I retire, should I not retire, should I play for another season’,” added Yuvraj Singh.

On the other hand, Yuvraj revealed that he gets a lot of messages from his well-wishers. Yuvraj is satisfied that he had a great career for the national team and he was able to serve the Indian cricket with great success.

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Yuvraj Singh. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“I miss the game sometimes, but I do not miss it very often because I have played it for so many years. I get so many messages for fans, so much love that I feel really blessed. More than anything the respect the game has given you, and if you are happy with that respect you have earned for the last 20 years, you think it’s the right time to move on,” said Yuvraj Singh.

Yuvraj Singh scored 8701 runs in 304 ODI matches at an average of 36.56 and also scalped 111 wickets. The southpaw was India’s 2011 World Cup hero as he has scored 362 runs in the tournament and took 15 wickets. Thus, he was awarded the Player of the tournament.
The Punjab player even made a comeback into the national team after battling cancer.

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