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Yuvraj retires from International Cricket

One of the finest cricketers to have played white-ball cricket, Yuvraj Singh has announced his retirement from international cricket. Overall, Yuvraj Singh played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20 Internationals for India from 2003 to 2017. In 2007, Yuvraj Singh showed his big tournament mentality when he hit Stuart Broad for 6 sixes in Durban during the first ever World T20.

Yuvraj Singh was at his best in the 2011 World Cup. 362 runs, 15 wickets, 4 man-of-the-match awards and the Player of the Tournament – Yuvraj Singh would forever be remembered for his scintillating performance in India’s second World Cup triumph at home.

Two-time World Cup champion and one of India’s greatest-ever limited-overs batsman, Yuvraj Singh has called time on an illustrious 19-year career. The 37-year-old finishes with a total of 402 international caps to his name with his role in One-Day Internationals for India definitely being the standout.

One of the cleanest hitters of the ball the game has seen, Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 Twenty20 Internationals. He started his career back in 2000 as an 18-year-old and showed glimpses of his abilities in just the second ODI when he shredded an Australian bowling attack to pieces in the 2000 Champions Trophy in Kenya.

He soon became a lynchpin of the Indian middle-order often taking his side to memorable wins like in the famous Natwest Trophy final in 2002, which in some ways changed the landscape of Indian cricket. Yuvraj still holds the record for the fastest fifty in a T20, a feat he managed off 12 balls in the 2007 T20 World Cup against England.

This was the same match where he slammed Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over. His 30-ball 70 in the semi-final against Australia was instrumental in helping India reach the final and eventually lift the inaugural World T20 title.

Yuvraj’s biggest and most important contribution though came at the 2011 50-over World Cup when India lifted the title for the first time in 28 years. Despite not being a 100 per cent, the southpaw was India’s cornerstone all through the tournament both with the bat and ball and was named Player of the tournament for his efforts.

He stroked 362 runs in the campaign in nine games at an average of 90.50 which included four fifties and a century. He also returned 15 wickets with the ball at 25.13. But poor fitness and form led to his ouster in early 2013 and he has since been in-and-out of the team.

Despite that he continued to be a hot pick in the IPL raking in millions in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The all-rounder reportedly is now thinking about pursuing a freelance career in foreign T20 leagues and has a few offers up his sleeve.