India’s hero of 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh, on Monday bid farewell to his international career. Addressing a press conference, the 37-year-old cricketer also hinted that he would have preferred to receive a farewell match from the BCCI but could not care if the Indian board decided not to give him one. A tweet by his former India teammate Rohit Sharma has finally got his pain out in the open.
Rohit, who’s currently a part of the India’s World Cup squad in England, tweeted saying that Yuvraj deserved a better send-off by the board. He wrote, “You don’t know what you got till its gone. Love you brotherman You deserved a better send off.”
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) June 10, 2019
Pat came Yuvraj’s response as he wrote, “You know how I feel inside ! Love u brothaman you go be a legend.”
You know how I feel inside ! Love u brothaman you go be a legend ❤️
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 10, 2019
On Monday, Yuvraj had revealed that the BCCI had agreed to give him a farewell match only if he failed the ‘Yo-Yo’ fitness test. The star player said that he went on to pass the test and decided not to ask for a farewell match. Yuvraj said that if he was good enough, then he would have retired from the ground adding that he did not believe in begging for a game.
Yuvraj played 40 Tests, scoring 1900 runs with an average of 33.92 (3 hundreds and 11 half centuries). His highest Test score of 169 came against Pakistan in 2007 at Bengaluru.
One of the best memories of Yuvraj, known as Yuvi to his friends and fans, was his six sixes in an over off England’s Stuart Broad in the T20 World Cup in 2007 at Kingsmead, Durban. India went on to win the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in South Africa under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.
He was also the hero of the 2011 World Cup, played in India, where he scored 362 runs, scalped 15 wickets, was adjudged man-of-the-match on four occasions before being declared the Player of the Tournament. India went on to win this edition of the World Cup too.
Soon after the World Cup, it emerged that he had played all throughout the tournament while battling cancer. He went abroad for treatment and returned home after having defeated the disease.