Cricket taught me everything, says Yuvraj announcing retirement

Bessie Dean
June 11, 2019

"I was not going to let that disease defeat me", he said. I gave my blood and sweat to the game once I got on to it, especially when it came to representing my country.

"I was confused with my career and how I would end it".

The attacking left-hander listed the the 2011 World Cup triumph, being man of the match in the event's final, getting six sixes in an over against England in the same tournament and his first Test hundred, against Pakistan in Lahore in 2004, as the three most special moments of his career.

That would be his last foray in the IPL, he confirmed, but he would seek release from the Indian board to play in other, lower profile, T20 leagues.

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"Hopefully I can just enjoy myself".

He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011 but returned after treatment. "I had decided a year ago that this IPL would be my last and I'll give it my best shot", Yuvraj, who has overall scored 2,750 runs in 132 IPL matches at a strike rate of 129.71, confessed. Overnight, the 20-year old had turned into an Indian cricketing sensation and not to mention, a teenage heart-throb. And ultimately, he walks off on his terms, having made some "good" but also "not-so-good" friends. Then at the 2014 World T20 final against Sri Lanka, when I laboured to 11 off 21 balls.

Yuvraj too replied saying "You know how I feel inside!" And I was written off by everyone to an extent that made me feel at times that it was all over. "He is a retired player now and his contribution to Indian cricket is huge and should be valued always", said another BCCI official. So I went back to basics and scored heavily in domestic cricket.

His last appearance for India came in an ODI against West Indies in 2017. I recorded my highest one-day score of 150 in 127 balls when everybody said it was impossible. The Chandigarh born left-hander scored a total of 11,778 worldwide runs and picked up 148 wickets. But he continued to be a huge favorite for teams in the Indian Premier League.

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