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He deserved a better farewell, says Rohit

He deserved a better farewell, says Rohit
Rohit Sharma

Nottingham, June 10

India opener Rohit Sharma on Monday hailed Yuvraj Singh’s roller-coaster career and said the stylish southpaw deserved a better send-off after 17 years of top-flight cricket.

“You don’t know what you got till it’s gone. Love you brotherman. You deserved a better send off,” the Indian vice-captain tweeted.

Yuvraj is among the Indian greats who did not get a farewell game after contemporaries Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Gautam Gambhir. 

After he announced his retirement in Mumbai on Monday, Yuvraj revealed that he was promised a farewell game by the BCCI provided he failed the ‘Yo Yo’ fitness test. However, he passed it and the swansong never happened.

The 37-year-old last played for India in June 2017.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, under whom Yuvraj enjoyed plenty of success, wrote on the social networking site: “Dear Yuvi .. every good thing comes to an end .. I tell u this was a marvellous thing..u were like my brother very dear.. and now after u finish even dearer.. the entire country will be proud of u . Love u lots..fantastic career.” 

ICC, BCCI hail Yuvi

Mumbai: The ICC and BCCI also congratulated Yuvraj Singh for an outstanding career. “Yuvraj had an outstanding international career. He was one of those players who could raise his game in crunch situations and excelled at ICC events time after time. He has been an inspiration both on and off the field and given so much joy to millions of fans the world over,” International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said in a statement. 

Yuvraj was named in the ICC’s ODI Team of the Year in 2006, 2009 and 2011, while his six sixes in an over won him the ICC T20I Performance of the Year award in 2008.

“I have no doubt that Yuvraj is a hero not just in the cricketing world but outside of it too. On behalf of the ICC, I congratulate Yuvraj for his superb career and wish him all the best for the future.”  

The Indian cricket board (BCCI) wrote on its twitter page: “As @YUVSTRONG12 calls it quits on his glorious career, we rewind the clock and look at his most iconic cricket moments. Thank you for the memories Yuvi #TeamIndia #YuvrajSingh.” 

The 37-year-old was diagnosed with mediastinal seminoma, a germ-cell tumour located between his two lungs immediately after the 2011 World Cup, but made a return to international cricket and also established a cancer foundation. — PTI


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