Yuvraj Singh, who played a key role in India’s 2011 World Cup win, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket earlier his year. He has been one of the greatest servants of Indian cricket. Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to retire jersey no 12, Yuvraj used to wear in his playing days.
Yuvraj featured in 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India. He donned the India colours for the last time in 2017 as an indifferent form and injury issues forced him out of the national reckoning. He will go down as one of the greatest, who fought with cancer to help India win the World Cup after 28 long years.
Indian cricket fans will always remember Yuvraj’s heroics in the World Cup in 2011 where he scored 362 runs, scalped 15 wickets to received the Player of the tournament. A few months after that World Cup, Yuvraj was diagnosed with lung cancer, but he overcame the odds and returned to mainstream cricket within a year.
Gautam Gambhir in his column for TOI wrote that the month of September holds special emotions for him. Notably, India won the 2007 ICC World T20 in September under the leadership of MS Dhoni. Gambhir urged BCCI to retire the jersey no 12 to pay a fitting tribute to Yuvraj Singh for his contribution.
“The month of September, meanwhile, has special emotions for me. It was in this month in 2007 that we won the ICC T20 World Cup. The incredible Yuvraj Singh was in his elements. Just for the performance in that tournament and in the 2011 World Cup, I’d urge BCCI to retire the number 12 jersey that he wore. It will be a fitting tribute to a once-in-a-lifetime cricketer.
Overall, our win typified how ‘keeping-it-simple’ works. Perhaps playing the inaugural T20 World Cup worked for us,” Gambhir wrote.