Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket on Monday after representing the Indian cricket team in 304 ODIs, 40 Tests and 58 T20Is in a career that spanned over 17 years.
After the official announcement, a number of past and present cricketers paid tribute to the flamboyant left-hander and one of them was England fast bowler Stuart Broad who shares a somewhat special connection with Yuvraj.
During the inaugural edition of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in 2007, Yuvraj created history by slamming six sixes in an over off Broad and thanks to that destructive batting, he was able to reach his half century in just 12 balls.That proved to be the match-winning knock in the encounter and India went on to clinch the title.
Now after 12 years of this incident, Broad posted a message for Yuvraj on his retirement. In his post the pacer wrote “Enjoy retirement Legend “
Check out his post here :
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To this post along with Yuvraj Singh, leading IPL franchises such as CSK & RCB also expressed their gratitude to Stuart Broad :
You are the legend bud keep going strong 💪🏼 👍
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 10, 2019
Broadminded gentleman you! 😋
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) June 10, 2019
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) June 10, 2019
Yuvraj Singh, accompanied by his wife and mother, told reporters of his decision at a city hotel close to the Wankhede Stadium where India lifted their last 50-overs World Cup title in 2011.
“After almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on,” he said after being reduced to tears by a video of the highlights of his career.
“Cricket has given me everything and that’s the reason why I am standing here today. It’s been a love-hate relationship with the sport in retrospect.”
Yuvraj, who played the last of his 304 one-day internationals two years ago, was a key cog in India’s World Twenty20 triumph in 2007 and was player-of-the-tournament at the World Cup four years later.
Yuvraj was awarded the Player of the Tournament in India’s 2011 50-over World Cup triumph. Thank you, this has been a lovely journey. See you on the other side, said Singh, adding that he would continue devoting his time to assisting cancer patients through his YouWeCan’ Foundation.