Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh on Monday holding a press conference in Mumbai, announced his retirement from all forms of International cricket as well as Indian Premier League (IPL). While declaring his retirement he got emotional and said that he had taken the call on retiring a year before the cash-rich league commenced. Yuvraj has played over 400 matches for India in 19 years of his international career.
The 37-year-old cricketer revealed in the press conference “Mujhe bola gaya tha agar aapse ‘Yo Yo’ test pass nahi hota toh aap retirement match khel sakte ho (I was told that if you are not able to pass the ‘Yo-Yo’ test, I would get a farewell game).”
“I did not tell anyone in BCCI that I have to play the last match. Agar main accha tha, potential tha toh main ground pe se chale jaata. (If I was good enough, I would have retired from the ground). Aur mujhe is tarha ki cricket khelna pasand nahi hai, ki mujhe ek match chahiye (I don’t like to ask for a game, I have never played the game with that mindset),” he said.
He further claimed “Toh maine us time bola ki mujhe retirement match nahi chahiye, ‘Yo-Yo’ test pass nahi hoga toh main chup chhap ghar chale jayunga… ‘Yo-Yo’ test pass kiya and then rest is not my call”.
Yuvraj stated that he wanted to end his career on a high but he just got four matches in the whole IPL 2019 for Mumbai Indians. “I am not available for IPL. I have retired from BCCI and international cricket. I am looking forward to play outside India (in T20 leagues),” he said.
His teammate and good friend Rohit Sharma , posted a heartfelt message tweeting,
Among the well-wishers was former teammate Rohit Sharma, who is currently with the Indian team participating in World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. On the day of Yuvraj “You don’t know what you got till its gone. Love you brotherman You deserved a better send off”.
“You know how I feel inside! Love u brothaman you go be a legend,” Yuvraj Singh said in his reply to Rohit Sharma’s tweet. Singh’s retirement has left his cricket fans teary-eyed.