Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement for international cricket bidding farewell to a 19-year journey that saw him lift the ICC Cricket World Cup at home in 2011 and the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. The 37-year-old had called a media interaction at a plush South Mumbai hotel Monday, triggering retirement speculations. "It's time to say good bye and walk away. It was a beautiful story, but it has come to an end," says #YuvrajSingh in a short film played at the Mumbai event. Yuvraj Singh Retires From International Cricket, Twitterati Bids Farewell to India’s 2011 Cricket World Cup Hero.

The left-handed all-rounder, who debuted for the Indian national cricket team as a 19-year-old in 2000 against Kenya, was instrumental to India’s both World Cup victories in the 21st century. He was also declared the man of the tournament for his incredible performance in the 2011 edition of the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup. Yuvraj Singh Career Stats and Records as Star Cricketer Announces Retirement From International Cricket.

"After 25 years in cricket I've decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything I have. Thank you for being a part of this journey”

“I made some great friends and some not so great friends in cricket over the years. I have never stopped believing in myself...always believe in yourself"

"This game taught me how to fight, how to fall, to dust off, to get up again and move forward. It has been a lovely journey...see you on the other side"

A senior BCCI official had recently told PTI that Yuvraj is thinking of calling it quits from international and first-class cricket. "He would like to speak to the BCCI and get more clarity on plying his trade in tournaments like GT20 (Canada), Euro T20 Slam in Ireland and Holland as he has offers," a BCCI source privy to the development had said.

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