The End Of Yuvi Era

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The End Of Yuvi Era
The End Of Yuvi Era

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Yuvraj Singh the all-rounder has announced his retirement conducting a press conference today. He was born on 12th December 1981 and son of former cricketer Yograj Singh. He has 8,701 runs and 111 wickets in ODIs, 1,177 runs and 28 wickets in T20Is. He along with Kaif has raised India fielding standards.

At preconference he said “It’s was a great rollercoaster ride and beautiful story, but it has to come to an end. It was the right time to go.”

He started his professional cricketing career at age of 13 where he played for Punjab under-16 team in November 1995-96, after that he was promoted to an under-19 team in 1996-97 where he scored 137 not out against Himachal Pradesh. He then was promoted to first-class cricket in late 1997 and he came into limelight when he scored 358 by himself against Bihar, were all out for 357. Then he represented India for the first time in an under19 team against Sri Lanka in 1999 where he scored 89 runs from 55 balls.

In the year 2000, he was selected for under-19 world cup squad under the captaincy of Kaif where he was the player of the tournament and India was the winner of the under-19 world cup. His performance for consistent through the tournament where he scored 68 off 62 and 4/36 against New Zealand in the group stages and quick 58 off 25 balls against Australia in semi-finals. By which he was the first intake for National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.

Selection into Indian Squad

After the consistent performance in the Under-19 world cup, he was selected to the national team for ICC Knockout Cup in the year 2000. He first got chance in pre-quarterfinals where he bowled four over for 16 runs and he did not get to bat. In a quarterfinal where he played against Australia and scored 84 (80) of mighty bowling line up Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie and he was the player of the match in which India won with 20 Runs. In Sem-finals he scored 41 and picked 1/15 against South Africa. India lost the final to New Zealand where he scored 14 Runs.

After this tournament, he was picked into Indian Squad for Two series where is performance was not good and he was dropped for the national team. In 2002 again he was picked for home series where India was trailing the series with 1-2 and he as picked for last two matches and in the 4th ODI, he scored 80 off just 60 balls and was not out he was the man of the match. In the final ODI, he scored 75 runs from 52 balls and shared the partnership od 157-run fifth wicket. By which India win the series with 3-2.

Rise and Fall of Yuvi

Winning the West Indies Tour with 2-1 where he scored 1 and 10. He was selected to NatWest triangular series with England and Sri Lanka. In the first match, he was the man of the match with all-round performance 3/39 and 64 not out as India successfully chased down a total of 271. Next match against Sri Lanka He scored the 31 and shared a partnership of 60 runs with Kaif for the 6th wicket by which India won two matches in a row. Finals are played in the Lords between India and England. England got 352/5 in 50 overs and India was struggling to at 146/5 at the end of 24 overs, when Kaif joined Yuvraj at the crease. They made 121 runs and Yuvraj was out at 69(63 balls) at 42 over. India won the game with 2 wickets and with 3 balls. This win was India’s greatest victories in ODI cricket.

Yuvraj struggled in first 5 matches in 7 matched of ODI and made the top score in 7th ODI. Yuvraj secured a place in Indian squad in 2003 ICC world cup. Yuvraj scored maiden ODI century for which he became second India to represent the country.

He disappointed ODI with 142 runs in 5 matches but won the test series. Yuvraj won the man of the match award in 2005 even though South Africa won the match. Yuvraj was picked for both ODI and test matches in 2006. Yuvraj got ligament injury in his left feet. Despite concern to his fitness, he was selected to the 2007 world cup and India won the match by 7wickets.

Yuvraj was vice-captain of the Indian squad in ICC world twenty20.In India’s super 8 matches, he has hit six sixes in one over off Andrew Flintoff. Yuvraj at 2011 ICC world cup made 362 runs, including one century and 4 fifties, won four Man-of-the-Match awards and was also awarded the Player of the Tournament. He became the first all-rounder to score 300 plus runs and taken 15 wickets in a single world cup.

His contribution to Indian cricket is enormous and will be the world cup hero for Indian cricket fans.

All the Indian and other cricketing fans and former Indian cricketers convey their best wishes to this player through Twitter through #YuvrajSingh, This is a trending hashtag on Twitter. Even ICC main Twitter account has changed their cover picture to one of Yuvraj’s world cup snap.

Here are few tweets

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