Will T20 Domestic Cricket Leagues Be Interested In Yuvraj Singh?
Yuvraj Singh decided to call time on his international cricketing career and made the announcement after India won their World Cup match against Australia. The dashing left hander hasn’t played for India for a number of years. Nonetheless, his accomplishments on the cricket field will not be forgotten.
Yuvraj Singh Will Turn T20 Freelancer
It was highly unlikely that Yuvraj Singh was going to be picked to play for India again. Therefore, his retirement does not come as a major surprise to anyone. What did come as a surprise is the fact that Yuvi has also decided to retire from playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
In his retirement speech, Yuvi made it clear that last year, he made a decision that the 2019 IPL would be his last IPL. However, the Punjabi batsman made it clear that he still wants to play T20 cricket. He said that he would now be a freelancer for T20 leagues that are approved by the BCCI.
Yuvi would like to play in 2019 and 2020 as a freelance T20 specialist. That way, he could have as much fun as possible playing the game he loves before calling curtains for good! Yuvi would no doubt love to play in the Big Bash League in Australia, as well as the T20 leagues in Bangladesh and the West Indies.
The big question is will these T20 leagues be willing to take a chance on Yuvi, pay the fees that he demands and bring him into their squad. Especially given that he hasn’t been playing a lot of competitive cricket in the last few years? We will have to wait and see how his domestic T20 career pans out!
Highlights Of Yuvraj Singh’s International Career
Yuvi played 40 tests for India, but never made the impact that he would have liked. He will best be remembered for his ODI performances and T20 exploits. He finished his career playing 304 ODIs and 58 T20 matches for India. Furthermore, Yuvi not only contributed with the bat, but also with the ball.
His career has spanned 17 years of international cricket. At 37, it therefore seems the right time to call it a day. Most of the top cricketers love to retire while they are still playing. Yuvi, on the other hand, did not get the opportunity to retire in front of a packed stadium in India and walk off with the memories.
However, he received a flood of messages on social media from fans around the world. He also received messages from current and former cricket players who he played with and against. They all congratulated Yuvi on a great career and wished him well in his second innings.
Yuvi admitted in his retirement speech that he wanted to play the 2019 IPL, take his team into the finals and then announce his retirement from international cricket. That way, he would have a great send-off on the cricket field. Nevertheless, it wasn’t to be and Yuvi knows enough about life and challenges to take it in his stride.
Champion On and Off The Field
In 2012, Yuvraj Singh had to fight a serious condition called ‘mediastinal seminoma’. He subsequently had to battle a germ cell tumor found between his lungs. He took a break from cricket and fought it like a champion. After overcoming the illness, he made his return to the Indian team a year later. He would later campaign heavily through his ‘YouWeCan’ foundation to combat cancer and inspire people around the world to not give up but fight!
The highlights of his 17-year international career was winning the 2011 World Cup. Yuvi had a phenomenal series and ended up with four Man of the Match awards. He also secured the Man of the Series award. Yuvi’s other accomplishment that he cherishes is hitting Stuart Broad for 6 sixes during the 2007 T20 World Cup.