WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Jun 11, 2019, 12.09 PM
Yuvraj Singh announced retirement from international cricket on June 10 but India's star opener Rohit Sharma said that middle-order batsman deserved a better send-off.
"I have decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything and that's why I am standing here," he said after being reduced to tears by a video of the highlights of his career.
Rohit praised Yuvraj Singh's roller-coaster career and wrote, "You don't know what you got till its gone. Love you brotherman. You deserved a better send-off."
Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India.
He put together 1900 runs in the longest format, and 8701 in the one-dayers, the format in which he enjoyed the most success.
His one-day runs tally places him 22nd in the overall list, and seventh among Indians.
He is among the Indian greats who did not get a farewell game after contemporaries Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Gautam Gambhir.
After he announced his retirement in Mumbai on Monday, Yuvraj revealed that he was promised a farewell game by the BCCI provided he failed the 'Yo-Yo' fitness test.
However, he passed it and the swansong never happened.
"Mujhe bola gaya tha agar aapse 'Yo-Yo' test pass nahi hota toh aap retirement match khel sakate ho (I was told that if you are not able to pass the 'Yo-Yo' test, I would get a farewell game)," the 37-year-old said at an emotional press conference to announce his decision to quit international cricket to pursue a freelance T20 career internationally.
"I did not tell anyone in BCCI that I have to play the last match. Agar main accha tha, potential tha toh main ground pe se chale jaata. (If I was good enough, I would have retired from the ground). Aur mujhe is tarha ki cricket khelna pasand nahi hai, ki mujhe ek match chahiye (I don't like to ask for a game, I have never played the game with that mindset)," he said.
"Toh maine us time bola ki mujhe retirement match nahi chahiye, 'Yo-Yo' test pass nahi hoga toh main chup chhap ghar chale jayunga? 'Yo-Yo' test pass kiya and then rest is not my call," Yuvraj said.
The 37-year-old, who announced his retirement here after almost 17 years of international cricket, last played for India in June 2017.
Yuvraj revealed that he was promised a farewell game by the BCCI if he failed the 'Yo-Yo' fitness test, however, he passed it and the swansong never happened