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Yuvraj Singh- one of the greatest matchwinners India ever produced announced his retirement at a press conference held at his home. Yuvraj was instrumental in handing India some of its most memorable victories. Entering the team as a teenager back in 2001, the stylish left-handed batsman along with Mohammad Kaif scripted one of the most heroic comebacks in the Natwest Trophy final at Lords and established himself as a name to reckon with.
However, he attained the peak of his career in the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 ODI World Cup. Yuvraj was adjudged the Man of the Series in the later. In the T20 World Cup Yuvraj played some memorable knocks including the famous 12 ball fifty against England which included six 6s. The fifty to date stands as the fastest half-century ever recorded in International Cricket.
Yuvraj won hearts not just on the field but even off it. Post the World Cup victory in 2011, Yuvraj was diagnosed with cancer. The entire nation prayed for the 'Sixer King' and he fought cancer and made a return to cricket in 2012 T20 World Cup.
Today, Yuvraj has his own charitable organisation called 'YouWe Can' which has treated hundreds of Cancer patients till date and supports them both financially and emotionally.
Having played 40 Tests, 308 ODIs and 58 T20 Internationals in a career spanning almost two decades, Yuvraj scored over 10,000 international runs and picked up 148 International wickets. Yuvraj is credited to bring agility and athleticism to Indian cricket and along with Mohammed Kaif raised standards of Indian fielding drastically.
“After 25 years, I have decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything and is the reason why I stand here today,", said the southpaw addressing the media.
“It was a love-hate relationship with this game. I can’t explain what it really means to me. This game taught me to fight. I have failed more times than I succeeded and I will never give up,” said Yuvraj as his parting words.
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