Afghanistan superstar Rashid Khan has wished Yuvraj Singh after the latter announced retirement from international cricket and Indian Premier League (IPL). Yuvraj brought down curtains on his glorious career on Monday to end his almost two-decade long association with the Indian team. Yuvraj will go down in history as one of the biggest match-winners to have played for India.
While stats and numbers are definitely pleasing to the eyes, it would not be wrong to say that they do not do justice to Yuvraj’s career. Yuvraj was never about big numbers and stats. The southpaw will always be remembered for rising to the big occasion whenever India needed him. Whether it was his 84-run knock against the formidable Aussies in just his second ODI or his heroics in the NatWest series World T20 and the 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj rarely disappointed on big occasions.
In the 2007 World T20, he hit Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over during India’s Super 8 match against England. Yuvraj didn’t stop there as he demolished an Australian attack in the semi-final by scoring 70 off just 30 balls. India had gone on to beat Pakistan to lift the trophy.
Four years later, he played a huge role in ending India’s 28-year-long wait for the biggest prize in world cricket – the Cricket World Cup. He scored 362 runs, including a century against the West Indies in Chennai, and picked up 15 wickets to bag the Man of the Tournament award. Yuvraj ended his career with an outstanding ODI record of 8701 runs — 22nd in the overall list, and seventh among Indians — at an average of 36.55 and 111 wickets.
Tributes have been pouring in for the legendary batsman ever since he announced his decision and Rashid Khan has also joined the bandwagon. Rashid, who played with Yuvraj in the IPL, hailed Yuvraj, writing: