The limited overs great Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday. Thanking the fans for his spectacular journey and support, he uploaded a retirement showreel on Instagram, talking about his love-hate relationship with the sport.
Watch the beautiful clip here:
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Cricket has given me everything I have and is the reason why I stand here today. It was such a love-hate relationship with the sport. In retrospect, I don’t think I hated this game because the love I have for it today which will remain constant until the end of life. I can’t really explain it in words what is that feeling, this game taught me how to fight, how to fall, to dust myself off, to get up again and move forward. I have failed more times than I have succeeded but I never gave up and will never give up till my last breath, and that’s what cricket taught me. I gave my blood and sweat to the game, once I got into it, especially when it came to represent my country. And to my true fans who have always supported me endlessly, I can’t thank you enough specially when the times were tough. I never stopped believing in myself, no matter what the world said. Believe in yourself because if you put your heart & soul into it you can achieve the impossible. The adrenaline rush for playing for India, singing the national anthem before each game, touching the Indian flag, stopping every run for the team or scoring every run for the team was a completely different high. Thank You once again for this lovely journey See you on the other side. #SteppingOut Production Credit @endemolshineind for the entire video click the link in the bio
A career that spanned over 304 ODIs, 58 T20Is and 40 Tests, Yuvraj never failed to showcase his electric fielding, deceiving bowling or fierce batting. Big events brought out the best in him be it his international cricket entry at 2000 ICC Champions Trophy, mind-numbing batting exhibition at inaugural 2007 World T20 or all-round performance at 2011 World Cup.
Everyone bid an adieu to the cricket legend on Twitter. Right from his fellow players, Ravi Shastri, international cricketers to the Union Minister Amit Shah - everyone praised him for his contributions as well as wished him luck for his future endeavors. His love and passion for the sport was recognized by the fact that Gautam Gambhir urged for retiring the No.12 jersey from the Indian team.
Yuvraj now wants to play in overseas leagues, saying at this age he can manage to play some fun cricket and enjoy his life as he has been stressful just thinking about international games and performing in big tournaments like IPL.
With inputs from ANI
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