Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has recently revealed that he wanted to play the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
There is no doubt that the all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was one of the top cricketers in his generation. Though he faced many ups and downs in a 17-year-long international career, his achievement is huge.
Yuvraj Singh played huge roles for India to win the ICC World T20 2007 and ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. In ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Yuvraj won the Player of the Tournament award for his outstanding all-round performances.
After the CWC 2011 success, Yuvraj had to battle with cancer. Beating that cancer, Yuvraj managed to return to the cricket strongly. Though he played the ICC World T20 2012 and 2014, the all-rounder missed out the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Yuvraj felt disappointed to miss out the CWC 2015 as he was in good form in Ranji Trophy 2014/15. The Punjab star was the second most run-scorer for his team in Ranji Trophy 2014/15 as he scored 671 runs in 12 innings with an average of 55.91. He hit three centuries and two half-centuries in that tournament.
I’m glad that I retired at the right time – Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj also wanted to play in the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. But he was far away to fulfil that dream. Later in June 2019, when India were busy in the CWC 2019, the 37-year-old Yuvraj announced his retirement from international cricket. He is happy to retire at the right time.
Yuvraj recently told India Today, “Yes, I wanted to play the WC 2019. Didn’t feel good when I missed out on the 2015 edition as I was scoring heavily in the Ranji trophy back then. But there were a lot of factors which I can’t put in words. Before the 2019 WC, I was 37 years old and a lot of things didn’t go in my favour. I thought I should be thankful for the amount of cricket I have already played rather than ruing missing out on another WC. I’m glad that I retired at the right time.”
Yuvraj Singh played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is where he scored 1,900 runs, 8,701 runs and 1,177 runs respectively. As a left-arm spinner, he also took nine Test wickets, 111 ODI wickets and 58 T20I wickets.
Yuvraj played his last ODI in June 2017 while his last T20I was in February 2017. However, he played his last Test match in December 2012.