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. And in second, he was just a shadow of himself – unsuccessfully trying to pose the real Yuvi or we can say the Yuvi before Cancer treatment.
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. In meantime, he was also the part of 2015 World Cup and 2017 Champions Trophy teams but the irregular form and technical flaws never allowed him to get a permanent place in team. And eventually, after being looked over from the 2019 World Cup team, he retired from the game in June last year. Surely, it was not the best way for a legend to retire.
Recently in an interaction with News 18, Yuvraj opened up on the reasons that made him take the decision of retirement He also talked about the World Cup snub he faced in 2019 and revealed his talks with captain Virat and former captain MS Dhoni right before the World Cup.
“When I made my comeback, Virat Kohli supported me. Had he not backed me then I wouldn’t have made a comeback. But then it was Dhoni who showed me the correct picture about the 2019 World Cup that selectors are not looking at you,” Yuvraj Singh told News18. “He showed me the real picture. He gave me clarity. He did as much as he could.”
Of late, Yuvraj has been quite vocal about the experiences of his 20-year long career. From being nostalgic about his young age adventures to the drama that folded out in second half of his career, the champion player has managed to be in the news.