Bhubaneswar, June 11 (LocalWire): After two decades of amazing cricket, some brutal hitting of the ball, bewildering highs and a few agonising lows, the man with zero haters yesterday decided to hang his boots.
“Enjoy retirement legend,” said Stuart Broad, who was hit for 6-sixes in an over by this champion batsman, 2011 cricket world cup hero and Man of the Tournament, Yuvraj Singh.
“What a fantastic career you have had Yuvi. You have come out as a true champ every time the team needed you.
The fight you put up through all the ups & downs on & off the field is just amazing.
Best of luck for your 2nd innings & thanks for all that you have done for cricket,” tweeted the god of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar.
Yuvraj, whose batting was pure entertainment, had a special attachment with the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack as this was the venue where the southpaw scored his highest one day international (ODI) score of 150 against England in 2017.
It was the second ODI between India and England being played on 19 January 2017 that saw Yuvraj leading the assault on the English bowlers, sending them on leather hunt and helping India pile up a massive total of 381/6 in 50 overs.
No wonder then that Yuvraj was unanimously declared the Player of the Match for his blistering innings of 150 in 127 balls which included 15 fours and one six.
In his post-match conference, Yuvraj called it as one of his best innings.
“The last time I got a hundred was in the 2011 Cricket World Cup and I’m very happy with my innings.
This stadium is very special to me and I would love to come back here,” he said.
The dashing left-hander was not only a legend on the cricket field but he was also a legend off the cricket field.
While the fearless Yuvraj thrashed powerful teams like Australia and England on the cricket field, he horsewhipped life threatening disease like cancer to return back to the game.
During the series in 2017, before leaving for the next ODI in Kolkata, he had visited cancer patients in Cuttack.
Taking out time from his busy schedule, he choose to add smile to the faces of cancer heroes by meeting and contributing to the cancer charity of the hospital.
Children afflicted to cancer and autism were overjoyed seeing their favourite cricketer in front of them.