Fighting back tears, Yuvraj Singh Monday announced retirement from international cricket, ending a "rollercoaster" career during which he became the hero of India's 2011 World Cup triumph and fought a gritty battle with cancer. "After 25 years, I have decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything and is the reason why I stand here today," the 37-year-old Yuvraj said addressing the media here.
"I was extremely lucky to play 400 games for India. I could have never imagined it when I first started playing cricket," he added.
Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India. He put together 1900 runs in the longest format, and 8701 in the one-dayers, the format in which he enjoyed most success.
"It was a love-hate relationship with this game. I can't explain what it really means to me. This game taught me to fight. I have failed more times than I succeeded and I will never give up," he said.
The attacking left-hander listed the the 2011 World Cup triumph, being man of the match in the event's final, getting six sixes in an over against England in the same tournament and his first Test hundred, against Pakistan in Lahore in 2004, as the three most special moments of his career.
The battle with cancer soon after the 2011 World Cup triumph was perhaps the biggest challenge that he encountered.
"I was not going to let that disease defeat me," he said.
However, his cricketing form had been on the wane for a while. Yuvraj last played for India in a T20I against England in 2017. His last Test appearance was back in 2012.
He turned up for Mumbai Indians in this year's IPL but didn't get many chances.
Highs of Yuvraj's career
January 2000: Yuvraj Singh was the star performer for India in the Under-19 World Cup win in Sri Lanka in 2000. He scored 203 runs at an average of 33.83 and also impressed with his left-arm spin.
October 2000: Yuvraj made his international debut for India against Kenya in a One-day International at Nairobi. Yuvraj, playing only his second ODI and his first international innings, scored 84 off 80 balls against Australia in the quarter-final of the ICC Knockout Tournament in a memorable win.
July 2002: Yuvraj made 69 and combined with Mohammad Kaif to give India a thrilling two-wicket win over England while chasing 325 in the NatWest Series final at Lord's.
January 2004: Yuvraj made a then-career high score of 139 off just 122 balls against Australia.
February 2006: Yuvraj emerged as one of India's most valuable and consistent ODI players. In India's 4-1 series win against Pakistan, he scored unbeaten 87 and 79, which helped the team seal the series. He went on to finish the series with another unbeaten knock of 107 off 93 deliveries as India chased down 287 runs.
September 2007: At the inaugural World Twenty20, Yuvraj entered the record books, smashing Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over. He followed it up with a match-winning knock of 70 against Australia in the semi-finals en route India lifting a historic title. He also holds the record of hitting the biggest six -- 119 metres.
December 2007: Although Yuvraj had always struggled to get into India's Test team, he scored a crucial 169 against Pakistan in Bangalore to help the side win a Test series at home.February 19 - April 2, 2011:
It turned out to be a dream World Cup for Yuvraj as well as the Indian team, which lifted the Cup after 28 years. Yuvraj contributed to the team's success with 362 runs in nine matches at a staggering average of 90.50, including a century and four fifties. He won four Man-of-the-Match awards as well as the Player of the Tournament.
Yuvraj became the first all-rounder to score 300-plus runs and take 15 wickets in a single World Cup. He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancerous tumor between his lungs soon after but fought back to recover and make a return to the field by the end of the very next year.
January 2017: Yuvraj scored a brilliant 134 off 122 balls in an ODI against England at Cuttack to help India win the match by 15 runs.