There certainly comes a time in the game of cricket when even great players have to accept the writing on the wall. There is no concept of going on forever in a sport. Yuvraj Singh has been remarkable player for India and produced memorable performances for his country for last 15 years.
Yuvraj Singh on his international debut created immediate impact with a blistering innings against Australia at Nairobi in ICC Knockout Tournament in 2000. He would go on to cement his place and remain a permanent fixture for years to come in the Indian side. Singh was always an aggressive player who would never get fazed by any opposition or situation. He was fluent against all type of bowling in all conditions.
The South paw struggles of late clearly shows that he has passed his best and surely will may never Yuvraj in Indian colors again on the international stage. The left-hander did show glimpses of brilliance against Pakistan in the first game of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 played at Edgbaston but failed to produce the sort of consistency required from him at this stage of his career.
India failed to retain the ICC Champions Trophy as they comprehensively beaten by arch-rivals Pakistan in the finals played at Kia Oval. Yuvraj Singh came under the hammer for his inconsistent performances and failing to live up to the expectations of selectors and fans during his return to the side.
It is a reality that no player can go on forever as Father Time catches up with everyone. Even the greatest of the players have fallen into this trap of illusion that they can play as long as they are fit.
Yuvraj Singh is certainly past his prime and will always be remembered his swagger and persona he carried while playing for India. His monumental effort with bat and ball helped India win the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 at home. He battled illness and was diagnosed with cancer but was passionate to see India lift a World Cup at home.
The left-hander is arguably one of the best one-day cricketers has produced in the game. He has left an indelible mark in the history of Indian cricket with exemplary performances coming in at big games for India. His contributions with the ball also can never be counted out as he chipped with important spells to turn the game in favor of India.
Cricket fans must celebrate Yuvraj Singh for what he has given to the game. He has been an inspiration for many around the world as a cricketer who fought cancer and still made his way onto the cricket field that shows that there is certainly more to him than just style and charisma.
Take a Bow Yuvi.