Good Sports: YUVRAJ CALLS IT A CAREER
In the midst of the 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup, the player who helped India win the title eight years earlier stepped away from the game. Yuvraj Singh, Player of the Tournament at the 2011 World Cup, announced his retirement from international cricket, as well as the Indian Premier League.
He finished his career with 8,701 runs in 304 one-day internationals and 1,177 runs in 58 Twenty20 Internationals. At the 2011 World Cup, he won four Player of the Match awards, scoring 362 runs at an average of 90.50. Not long after, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and had to undergo treatment for a year before returning to cricket.
“Cricket has given me everything that I have, and it is the reason I am here,” Singh said at an emotional press conference in Mumbai. “This game taught me how to fight, how to fall, how to dust myself off, get up again and move forward. I have failed more times than I succeeded, but never gave up, and will never give up till my last breath. This is what the game has taught me.”
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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