Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
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Yuvraj Singh's wife pens emotional note on his heartbreaking plans of retirement

Yuvraj Singh's wife pens emotional note on his heartbreaking plans of retirement

And mother Shabnam Singh sounded proud of her cricketer son's achievements."It has been a rollercoaster ride for Yuvraj Singh in his worldwide cricket career; it had to end some day". It's been a very long and hard journey, and I deserve that. At this age I can manage to play some kind of fun cricket.

Those of you who watched him play the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup victories will always cherish the memories of his cricketing. "I spoke with wife and mom for two years about wanting to retire and go out". I was told that if I failed a Yo-Yo test then I can play a retirement match. "I have grown up, I don't know about him".

That, however, was followed by a awful low, as Yuvraj was diagnosed with mediastinal seminoma, a germ-cell tumour located between his two lungs.

His last appearance for India came in an ODI against West Indies in 2017. "It was the right time to go".

If that professional high was something that Yuvraj would have found hard to imagine becoming a reality as a young cricketer, surely nothing could have prepared him for the grave personal challenge he would soon confront when he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour located between his lungs. But in that moment, everyone to whom I mattered, stood together for me - my fans, my friends, my family.

Coming back to the highlight of his career, the 37-year-old had a dream run at the 2011 World Cup as he amassed 362 runs including one century and four fifties. It was so shattering that I felt my career was all but over, everyone wrote me off too. And I was written off by everyone to an extent that made me feel at times that it was all over. The Chandigarh cricketer bid his adieu to global cricket with an aggregate of 11,778 runs - 8701 runs in 304 ODIs, 1,900 runs in 40 Test matches and 1,177 runs in 58 T20s apart from 111 wickets in ODIs. Believe in yourself because if you put your heart & soul into it you can achieve the impossible.

It was not easy for Yuvraj to cement his place in the Indian team post the cancer recovery and even though he posted his highest ODI score of 150 in January 2017 after one of his many comebacks, the writing was on the wall as far as worldwide cricket was concerned.

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