Yuvraj Singh Retires From International Cricket: 7 Facts About India’s World Cup 2011 Hero

India's enigmatic all-rounder Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, drawing the curtains on his 19-year-long career.

1. Yuvraj Singh was into roller-skating in his childhood days

Yuvraj Singh's on the ground
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India’s enigmatic all-rounder Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, drawing the curtains on his 19-year-long international career on Monday in a press conference in Mumbai. Yuvi, the warrior that led to Indian National Cricket Team’s historic win at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, called time on his illustrious innings thereby marking the end of a legendary era. Here are a few interesting facts about one of the decorated players of the game and his personal life.

Growing up, Yuvraj was interested in roller-skating. So much so that he even won the National U-14 Roller Skating Championship. However, roller-skates soon found a place in the junkyard as his father Yograj Singh asked him to concentrate on cricket. Yuvi was good at tennis too, but sacrificed his passion for both the sports to pursue a career between 22 yards.

2. Yuvraj Singh has also worked as child artist in films

Yuvraj Singh in Pepsi ad
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Not many are aware but Yuvraj has worked in movies too, as a kid. His father too was a part of cinema, after retirement.

3. Yuvraj Singh is the first Indian batsman to score a fifty in T20

Yuvraj Singh with Virendra Sehwag
Yuvraj Singh with Virendra Sehwag

Yuvraj Singh was one of the three Indian cricketers, besides Mohammad Kaif and Virender Sehwag, chosen to play T20 cricket in England in 2003. Yuvi hit 71 against Sehwag’s Leicestershire to become the first Indian to score a fifty in T20 cricket.

4. Yuvraj Singh is the only player to hit six sixes in an over against a front line bowler

Yuvraj Singh's career highs and lows
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Amongst the four players who have smashed six sixes in an over, Yuvraj is the only one to have done it against a frontline bowler. Yuvi managed to hit it off delivers by England’s fast bowler Stuart Broad. He remains undefeated in the feat against a fast bowler!

5. Yuvraj Singh was the Man of the Tournament as India lifted the World Cup after 28 years in 2011

Yuvraj Singh during 2011 ICC World Cup
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Afflicted with cancer and unaware of it, Yuvraj played brilliant innings and became instrumental in India lifting the 50-over World Cup after 28 years at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on April 2, 2011.

Yuvi amassed 362 runs in total at an average of 90.50 with one century and four fifties. Along the way, he also took 15 wickets at 25.13 including a five-wicket haul.

6. One of India's best limited overs batsman, Yuvraj Singh, has a computer game named after him

Yuvraj Singh with Sourav Ganguly
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In the words of Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj was a player who mattered when it mattered most. Hands down, he is one of the best limited-overs batsmen the country ever produced. Did you know he even has a computer game named after him? Brian Lara Cricket, a computer and video game series by Codemasters was very popular in the 2000s. In 2007, the game was launched in India by the name of Yuvraj Singh International Cricket 2007.

7. Hazel Keech would switch off her phone and ignore Yuvraj Singh before they started dating

Yuvraj Singh with wife Hazel Keech
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British beauty Hazel Keech and star cricketer Yuvraj are a match made in heaven! But the actress gave the sportsman a hard time for she wouldn’t turn up for their coffee dates and ignore him by switching off her phone. After years of chasing, she finally gave in and the two met. Aren’t we glad she said yes?

The lovebirds had a fun Goa wedding in 2016.

We will miss you, Yuvi. Have great second innings! What are your thoughts about the legend’s retirement? Tell us in the comments box below.

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