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The day I retired I was free: Yuvraj opens up on his retirement decision


Yuvraj Singh’s journey in Cricket was a tale of two halves. In first, he was India’s blue eyed boy of 2000’s that won India Two World Cups in a span of four years. Yuvraj was one of many players, who debuted under Sourav Ganguly and went on to win World Cups under MS Dhoni.

Yuvraj was instrumental in India’s both world cup wins in 2007 and 2011. In both tournaments, Yuvraj also set and broke a number of records to get himself in the league of GOAT players. He even won Man of the tournament award in 2011 World. But soon after, he was diagnosed with the Cancer that threatened to end his career.

It started the second half of his career. Though, the lion spirit, in him, kept him in the reckoning, he was regularly in and out of team owing to various reasons. The irregular form and technical flaws also played their part but, surely, it was not the best way for a legend to retire.

Recently in an interaction, Yuvraj opened up on the reasons that made him take the decision of retirement. “When you are at a fast pace in life, you don’t realise a lot of things. Suddenly you are like, what has happened here? I am sitting here at home for 2-3 months, obviously for different reasons,” Yuvraj said.

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“I got to a stage when cricket was not helping me mentally. I always wanted to play cricket but it was not helping me stay in a good state of mind. I was dragging myself and thinking ‘when do I have to retire, should I retire, should I not retire, should I play for another season’,” added Yuvraj Singh while talking to Gaurav Kapur on the Oaktree Sports channel.

The 38-year also talked about how dearly he misses being on the field, the affection he gets from fans and the feeling of moving on. “I miss the game sometimes, but I do not miss it very often because I have played it for so many years.

I get so many messages for fans, so much love that I feel really blessed. More than anything the respect the game has given you, and if you are happy with that respect you have earned for the last 20 years, you think it’s the right time to move on,” said Yuvraj.

 “So, I think the day I retired I was free, it was a very emotional moment, I can’t put that in words but certainly, I felt free after that, mentally very happy. I hadn’t slept for many years and I tried to sleep really well,” he concluded.



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