Yuvraj Singh Deserved a Better Send Off: Rohit Sharma

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At a press conference broadcast on his Facebook page in Mumbai, the scene of India's win over Sri Lanka in the World Cup final eight years ago, Yuvraj said: 'This it for me.

Yuvraj Singh has called time on his global - as well as IPL - career, finishing up after 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is in which he established himself as the best Indian allrounder of his generation - an explosive batsman, useful slow left-arm bowler and dynamic fielder.

"You don't know what you got till its gone. I wish you the best in the next inning of your life".

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Manu Sawhney said in a statement: 'Yuvraj had an outstanding international career. I would also like to thank all my sports staff who made it possible for my body to last this long specially Nitin Patel & Ashish Kaushik. The diagnosis was confirmed in February 2012, and he stayed out of the game till December that year, when he made a comeback following treatment.

"As I go back in time today, my life has been like a roller-coaster ride", Yuvraj said.

After the World Cup, he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy in Boston and Indianapolis. In the words of Sachin Tendulkar, he was a player who mattered when it mattered most.

'This is the ground where I experienced the best high of my career and there is no better place to end it. And I was written off by everyone to an extent that made me feel at times that it was all over.

Then I took a bit of time off and that's when I realised why I play cricket - its because I love the game. He put those memories behind and made a comeback to the cricket field. "Love u brothaman you go be a legend", Yuvraj wrote in his reply to Rohit's tweet. I never stopped believing in myself, no matter what the world said. At the 2014 IPL auctions, Royal Challengers Bangalore bought Yuvraj for an all-time high price of Rs 14 crore and in 2015, the Delhi Daredevils bought him for Rs 16 crore making him the most expensive player ever to be sold in the cash-rich league. 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.



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