A career that started with a sensational knock of 84 against Australia in Nairobi as a fearless teenager comes to an end today as Yuvraj Singh decided to hang his boots.
Watch ICC's tribute video here📹http://v.duta.us/o7vVwAAA
Some of his memorable knocks include his near impossible rescue act alongside Mohammad Kaif in a famous Natwest final at Lords', a vital partnership alongside Sachin Tendulkar to guide India in the 4th innings at Chennai, finished the game off with Rahul Dravid against Pakistan and we haven't even gotten to his centuries yet!!
Yuvi was at the forefront of a new generation of Indian fielders who were acrobatic and agile. He has taken quite a few screamers and effected superb runouts that has turned games on its head. The catch to dismiss Herschelle Gibbs at short fine leg in the Champions Trophy, 2002 is one of many.
Watch his final presser here📹http://v.duta.us/RsJduQAA
Yuvraj Singh stepped up as the senior cricketer and showed his teammates how the game is played in the shortest format with a sensational show with the bat in the inaugral T20I world Cup. Andrew Flintoff irked Yuvi and that saw the southpaw unleash hell on poor Stuart Broad. His 6 sixes saw him sprint to the fastest fifty ever in an international game, a record that still stands today. His best knock in that tournament came against the Aussies when he smashed 84 and helped India to victory. His 119m six off Brett Lee - a touch of arrogance and just pristine timing- will forever be etched in our memory.
Having won the World Cup in the shortest format, he returned in 2011 for the ultimate prize, helping India end a 28 year drought and winning the Player of the Tournament award for his four half-centuries and a century, while also picking up 15 wickets - including a five-for against Ireland!!
Yuvraj was diagnosed with mediastinal seminoma, (a tumour located between the lungs)in February 2012,which forced him out of the game till December that year. That he was able to make a comeback to the sport was an achievement in itself. He was in and out of the team but proved his class one more time in 2017 when he recorded his highest ODI score of 150(127).
Like Yuvi described in his final presser, it has been a rollcoaster of a career, but boy has the ride been fun!!