Indian National Cricket Team’s 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh decided to bid farewell to cricket on June 10 (Monday) after an 18-year long fighting career. In his farewell speech, Yuvraj seemed emotional and thanked one and all associated with his career; however, it was Gary Kirsten and Sourav Ganguly, who stood out in his speech.
Yuvraj bids farewell to cricket
Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh held a press conference on Monday at Mumbai to announce the news of his retirement. However, it was not a shock, and many saw this as coming. More than his antics inside the field, Yuvraj will be well-known for fighting severe health issues like cancer and returning to the cricket field.
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One of the most successful white-ball cricketers of all time, Yuvraj Singh scored 8,701 runs in ODIs and including a total of 52 fifties. He has also represented India in Test cricket, earning 40 caps. The all-rounder who was instrumental in helping India win the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup, revealed Sourav Ganguly and Gary Kirsten as his favourite skipper and coach respectively.
“I started my career under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy and got an opportunity to play with my idol, the great Sachin Tendulkar, and other legends like Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Javagal Srinath,” he said.
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“My close friends who I grew up with playing for India, who also went on to becoming great match winners for the country such as Zak (Zaheer Khan), Gauti (Gautam Gambhir), Veeru (Virender Sehwag), Ashu (Ashish Nehra), & Bhajju (Harbhajan Singh). This is the same batch that created history and went on to win the World Cup under the great captaincy of MS Dhoni and exceptional coaching of Gary Kirsten, probably the best international coach I played under,” Yuvraj added.
Yuvraj Singh particularly credited Sourav Ganguly for helping him in the initial years of his career and for believing in him when he was a youngster in the Indian team. In conclusion, the fighter Yuvraj also hailed MS Dhoni calling him out for having a calm and composed cricketing brain.
“MS Dhoni had a very good mind behind the stumps and how the game was going,” Yuvraj concluded.