Yuvraj Singh announces retirement from international cricket

India's 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh has said that he is retiring from all forms of cricket, drawing curtains on his 19-year illustrious career.

The 37-year-old all-rounder made the announcement after an emotional video featuring his family was played, during a press conference in Mumbai on Monday.

Besides being named the Man of the Series during India's victorious campaign at the 2011 WC, Yuvraj was also part of the India's winning campaign at the 2007 World T20.

The left-handed batsman from Punjab has however, been out of favour for a while as far as the national squad was concerned - last making an appearance in the shorter formats nearly two years back.

Yuvraj is looking to pursue a freelance career in ICC-approved foreign Twenty20 leagues and has been in talks with BCCI about the same.

Since making his international debut in 2000, Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20 Internationals.

He scored 11, 778 runs across formats, and picked a total of 148 international wickets.

He had a dream run at the 2011 World Cup as he amassed 362 runs including one century and four fifties. He also picked 15 wickets, won four Man-of-the-Match awards and was also awarded the Player of the Tournament.

In the process, he became the first all-rounder to score 300-plus runs and take 15 wickets in a single edition of the showpiece event.

 

In 2012, he was conferred with the Arjuna Award and two years later, he was awarded the Padma Shri.

(Agencies)