Former India Cricket team’s all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on Monday bid goodbye to the international cricket on an emotional note and expressed his thanks for the people who have been associated with his 19-year amazing career. Two people who were mentioned especially in the goodbye speech were – Sourav Ganguly and Gary Kirsten. Yuvraj said Sourav Ganguly is his favorite captain as he made his debut under his captaincy in 2000 and became a superstar for Team India with Dada at the top of him. Yuvraj also thanked former India coach Gary Kirsten, because of whose guidance he won the World Cup in 2011 and was made ‘man of the tournament.’
“I started my career under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy and got an opportunity to play with my idol, the great Sachin Tendulkar, and other legends like Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, and Javagal Srinath. My close friends who I grew up with playing for India, who also went on to become great match winners for the country such as Zak (Zaheer Khan), Gauti (Gautam Gambhir), Veeru (Virender Sehwag), Ashu (Ashish Nehra), & Bhajju (Harbhajan Singh).”
“This is the same batch that created history and went on to win the World Cup under the great captaincy of MS Dhoni and exceptional coaching of Gary Kirsten, probably the best international coach I played under,” Yuvraj Singh said during the speech.
Yuvraj Singh specially credited Sourav Ganguly as he helped him a lot in the initial years of his career and always believed in him when he was a mere youngster in the Indian team. “Sourav Ganguly was very authoritative when it came to fighting for his players. He wanted certain players that he should back to build a team. Players like myself, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, and Virender Sehwag. He built us guys together.
“MS Dhoni was very composed under pressure. He had a very good mind behind the stumps and how the game was going. These two were very special captains,” Yuvraj Singh said.
The amazing cricketer and even amazing sportsperson retire with 8701 runs from 304 ODIs at 36.55 with 14 hundred and 52 fifties. He played 40 Tests in which he scored 1900 runs at 33.92 with three centuries while in 58 T20Is he amassed 1177 runs at 28.02 with 8 half-centuries. This is Yuvraj Singh for you!