Kapil Dev Calls For a Farewall Game For Yuvraj Singh
Indian National Cricket Team’s 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh decided to bid farewell to cricket on June 10 (Monday) after an 18-year long fighting career. Yuvraj last played for India in 2017 and didn’t get a game even after passing the yo-yo test. However, India’s World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev feels the champion all-rounder deserved a farewell match.
Yuvraj deserved a farewell game: Kapil
Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh held a press conference on Monday at Mumbai to announce the news of his retirement. However, it was not a shock, and many saw this as coming. More than his antics inside the field, Yuvraj will be well-known for fighting severe health issues like cancer and returning to the cricket field.
Speaking at the press conference to announce his retirement, Yuvraj Singh admitted that BCCI offered him a farewell game when he failed the Yo-Yo test, but Yuvraj had denied them. However, Yuvraj passed the test in December 2017 but didn’t get a call anymore.
“I didn’t tell anyone in BCCI that I want a farewell game,” Yuvraj said. “If I had the potential, I would have left from the ground. I didn’t need a match. I was told that if I failed a Yo-Yo test then I can play a retirement match. Told them I don’t need the game, if I don’t pass the Yo-Yo test, I’ll go home quietly. I passed the Yo-Yo Test and rest is not my call,” Yuvraj said in the press conference.
Kapil Dev during a recent media interaction heaped praise on the retiring Yuvraj Singh. The former cricketer revealed that Yuvraj slot in his all-time playing any day and wished him all the luck for the second innings of his life.
“Yuvraj will be in my all-time eleven whenever I sit down to make my team. I would love to see a player like him get the farewell from the ground than he saying ‘I am retired’,” said Kapil during an event.
“The way he played his cricket. The way he is looked up to, what he has gone through in his life (battling cancer). I wish him even better than what he achieved on the cricket field,” he added.
One of the most successful white-ball cricketers of all time, Yuvraj Singh scored 8,702 runs in ODIs and including a total of 52 fifties. He has also represented India in Test cricket, earning 40 caps.