With the announcement of his retirement from cricket, Yuvraj Singh has not only surprised his fraternity and fans world over, but it can be seen as the end of a phase of cricket which combined talent, guts and a match winning quality.
Once at the crease with his bat, cricket lovers look ahead to a power-packed yet classy player who had remained a nightmare for great bowlers like Glenn McGraw or Bret Lee. Yuvraj Singh belonged to a family where cricket was there. His father Yograj Singh was a first class cricketer and Yuvraj grew under his guidance as a prodigy to become a player who entertained his fans in his unique style and class.
He made his debut in the Indian team in 2000 to play the knock-out trophy in Kenya where he scored a brilliant 84 runs upsetting the statistics of most fiery bowlers in world cricket.
His role in the ICC and his remarkable contribution in winning the 2007 World T-20 when he hit six sixes off six balls from Stuart Broad was superb. That was among many such feats in world cricket. Yuvraj’s knock against Australia while he made an astounding 70 runs out of just 30 balls is till remembered.
Battling his health problem of cancer Yuvraj made a great bounce back to cricket telling the world that, he not only bludgeons enemies in the cricket field but he could resist a killer ailment with his guts of iron and play for his country.
Yuvraj was not only an entertaining cricketer but his career graph must go a long way to inspire youngsters that cricket is not about records but a sports that must stay above personal odds in life.