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Posted at: Jun 11, 2019, 8:10 AM; last updated: Jun 11, 2019, 8:10 AM (IST)

Cricket fraternity fondly recalls Yuvi

New Delhi, June 10

After 25 years in and around the 22 yards and almost 17 years of international cricket, swashbuckling batsman Yuvraj Singh on Monday announced his retirement from the game and the cricket fraternity took to Twitter to post their tributes to the man who almost single-handedly won India the 2011 World Cup.

“Players will come and go, but players like @YUVSTRONG12 are very rare to find. Gone through many difficult times but thrashed disease, thrashed bowlers & won hearts. Inspired so many people with his fight & will-power. Wish you the best in life, Yuvi #YuvrajSingh. Best wishes always,” tweeted former India opener Virender Sehwag.

Yuvraj’s former teammate, Mohammad Kaif, who played a key role in India’s historic victory in the 2002 NatWest Trophy along with Yuvraj, said: “One of the greatest match-winners in the history of the game, a fighter who built an extraordinary career through difficult challenges & came out a winner every time - We all are so proud of you #YuvrajSingh, u can be very proud of what u have you done for our country @YUVSTRONG12.” 

VVS Laxman also remembered Yuvraj’s notable contribution to Indian cricket and tweeted: “It’s been an absolute pleasure playing with Yuvi. You will go down as one of the greatest players in the history of the game. You have been an inspiration to us with your resilience, determination & above all the love & passion you showed towards the game. Good luck @YUVSTRONG12.” 

“End of an era! Yuvi pa, ur ability with the bat, the glorious 6s, the impeccable catches & the good times we’ve had, will be missed beyond years. The class & grit u brought to the field will be an inspiration forever. Thank u, @YUVSTRONG12 Have an equally remarkable 2nd innings!” tweeted Suresh Raina.

Kevin Pietersen reiterated the “pie-chucker” label that he had put on Yuvraj during the peak of the pair’s rivalry in 2008. “Happy retirement, Pie Chucker. A quite remarkable career with plenty highs and some pretty brutal lows. You showed resilience, courage & pure brilliance throughout your time wearing blue! Love ya, @YUVSTRONG12!” 

Jasprit Bumrah, who shared the Mumbai Indians’ dressing room with Yuvraj in this year’s Indian Premier League, tweeted, “You’ve been a constant source of support and inspiration with countless memories and countless hearts won. Congratulations on your glorious career and all the best Yuvi paa! @YUVSTRONG12.” 

Harbhajan Singh, who won the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup with Yuvraj, tweeted, “My Warrior Prince - A true fighter on and off the field. Your stories will forever live on.. love always 

brother @YUVSTRONG12 #sixerking #Brother #Legend.” — IANS

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