Cricket legend Yuvraj Singh on Monday confirmed that he would no longer be a part of the Indian Premier League as a player.
Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international cricket in a press conference in Mumbai and also confirmed that IPL 2019 was his last as a player.
Yuvraj got emotional during the press conference and stated that he would have liked more opportunities to play in IPL 2019 and bow out on a high but that did not happen as he played only 4 matches for Mumbai Indians, his final IPL franchise, scoring 98 runs at an average of 24.50 including a half-century. Mumbai Indians won their fourth IPL title this season after beating Chennai Super Kings in the final last month.
The 37-year-old Yuvraj Singh last represented India in June 2017 and retires with 8701 runs from 304 ODIs at 36.55 with 14 hundreds and 52 fifties.
Yuvraj played 40 Tests in which he scored 1900 runs at 33.92 with three centuries while in 58 T20Is he amassed 1177 runs at 28.02 with 8 half-centuries.
“My career started in 2000 and it has been 19 years. I was confused with my career and how I would end it. I would have been satisfied if I could have played more games in IPL 2019 would have been happy to leave the sport with that. But you don’t get everything in life. I had decided last year that this IPL would be my last and I’ll give it my best shot,” Yuvraj Singh said in the press conference.
Yuvraj last played for India in an ODI vs West Indies on June 30, 2017
Winning the player of the tournament awards in the 2007 World T20 and 50-over 2011 World Cup remain the greatest achievements in the career of Yuvraj Singh.
Yuvraj said he would like to play other domestic T20 tournaments if BCCI gives him the approval.
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.