Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh has finally explained the reason behind his abrupt retirement from international cricket. The legendary batsman brought down curtains on his illustrious career last year. While Yuvraj Singh was at the fag end of his career, not many were expecting him to retire at that time.
The way things panned out for Yuvraj Singh before his retirement, it looked like he took the decision after being hurt over the World Cup snub. Yuvraj Singh had last played for India in 2017 but ended his career only after failing to make it to the World Cup squad.
Post his retirement, he blamed the selectors a number of times for not treating him well. But the World Cup-winner has now revealed the reason that made him hang up his boots in 2019.
Reason behind retirement:
Yuvraj Singh has revealed he decided to retire after realising the game was not helping him mentally. The former batsman said that he kept thinking about retiring from the game in his final days as international player before retiring in 2019. Yuvraj Singh concluded by saying that he is ‘mentally very happy’ after bringing down curtains on his career.
“When you are at a fast pace in life you don’t realise a lot of things and suddenly you are like what has happened here and I am sitting here at home for 2-3 months, obviously for different reason. I have got to a stage when cricket was not helping me mentally, I always wanted to play cricket but it was not helping me in a good state of mind. I was dragging myself and thinking ‘when do I have to retire, should I retire, should I not retire, should I play for another season’,” Yuvraj Singh said in a conversation with Gaurav Kapur.
“I miss the game sometime but more often I do not miss it because I have played for so many years. I get so many messages for fans, so much love that I feel really blessed. More than anything the respect the game has given you, and if you are happy with that respect you have earned for the last 20 years I think it’s the right time to move on. So, I think the day I retired I was free, it was a very emotional moment, I can’t put that in word but certainly I feel free after that, mentally very happy. I hadn’t slept since many years and I tried to sleep really well,” Yuvraj Singh added.
He ended his career with an outstanding ODI record of 8701 runs at an average of 36.55 and 111 wickets. Yuvraj Singh played an instrumental role when India won the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 World Cup.