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Touching sky and then falling down at light speed: Yuvraj Singh on cancer battle after World Cup triumph

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Published on: Jun 12, 2019

India's 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international cricket

India's 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international cricket as well as the IPL on Monday.

“After 25 years, in and around 22 yards, and after almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything and is the reason why I stand here today,” Yuvraj said after having called a press conference in a posh Mumbai hotel.
“I was extremely lucky to play 400 games for India. I could have never imagined it when I first started playing cricket,” he added.
In a career spanning 17 years, Yuvraj featured in 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20s. While Yuvraj managed only 1900 runs in Test cricket, he was most successful in the ODI format with 8,701 runs, the seventh most by an Indian batsman.
A decent left-arm spinner, Yuvraj also claimed 111 ODI wickets at an average of 36.55. While Yuvraj may have retired from international cricket and IPL, he now wants to focus on playing other T20 leagues.
Looking back at his career, Yuvraj reminisced, “It was a love-hate relationship with this game. I can’t explain what it really means to me. This game taught me how to fight, how to fall, to dust myself off and get up again and move forward,” he said.
“I have failed more times than I have succeeded, but I never gave up, and will never give up, till my last breath, and that’s what cricket has taught me. I gave my blood and sweat to the game once I got on to it, especially when it came to representing my country,” he added.
Yuvraj termed the 2011 World Cup triumph, his six sixes i the 2007 World T20 and his first Test hundred against Pakistan at Lahore as the finest moments of his career. However, he also reflected on the tough times that followed owing to his tough battle with cancer.
“Winning the 2011 World Cup, being man of the series, four MoM awards was all like a dream, which was followed with a harsh reality of getting diagnosed with cancer,” recalled Yuvraj.
“All this happened so quickly and that too when I was at the peak of my career. It was like touching the sky and then falling down at light speed and hitting the ground hard. All this happened so quickly,” he said.
“I can’t possibly explain the support of my family and friends who stood by me, like my pillars of strength and courage,” Yuvraj further went on to say.
--By A Cricket Correspondent
India's 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international cricket as well as the IPL on Monday.
“After 25 years, in and around 22 yards, and after almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything and is the reason why I stand here today,” Yuvraj said after having called a press conference in a posh Mumbai hotel.
“I was extremely lucky to play 400 games for India. I could have never imagined it when I first started playing cricket,” he added.
In a career spanning 17 years, Yuvraj featured in 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20s. While Yuvraj managed only 1900 runs in Test cricket, he was most successful in the ODI format with 8,701 runs, the seventh most by an Indian batsman.
A decent left-arm spinner, Yuvraj also claimed 111 ODI wickets at an average of 36.55. While Yuvraj may have retired from international cricket and IPL, he now wants to focus on playing other T20 leagues.
Looking back at his career, Yuvraj reminisced, “It was a love-hate relationship with this game. I can’t explain what it really means to me. This game taught me how to fight, how to fall, to dust myself off and get up again and move forward,” he said.
“I have failed more times than I have succeeded, but I never gave up, and will never give up, till my last breath, and that’s what cricket has taught me. I gave my blood and sweat to the game once I got on to it, especially when it came to representing my country,” he added.
Yuvraj termed the 2011 World Cup triumph, his six sixes i the 2007 World T20 and his first Test hundred against Pakistan at Lahore as the finest moments of his career. However, he also reflected on the tough times that followed owing to his tough battle with cancer.
“Winning the 2011 World Cup, being man of the series, four MoM awards was all like a dream, which was followed with a harsh reality of getting diagnosed with cancer,” recalled Yuvraj.
“All this happened so quickly and that too when I was at the peak of my career. It was like touching the sky and then falling down at light speed and hitting the ground hard. All this happened so quickly,” he said.
“I can’t possibly explain the support of my family and friends who stood by me, like my pillars of strength and courage,” Yuvraj further went on to say.
--By A Cricket Correspondent

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