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10-Jun-2019 10:56:00 GMT
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Yuvraj Singh retires from international cricket

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Mumbai: After garnering several accolades over the years, Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international cricket Monday. India’s 2011 World Cup hero last donned the Indian colours in 2017 during a T20I match against England, which India won by 75 runs.

One of India’s finest limited-overs cricketers, Singh also featured in the last edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after being bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 1 crore. However, out of the 16 matches in the tournament-winning campaign of the team, the left-handed batsman only appeared in four games and scored 98 runs, including one half-century.

The veteran cricketer has amassed over 11,000 international runs in the 304 ODIs, 40 Tests, and 58 T20Is that he has played. He averaged 33.92 in Test matches, 36.55 in ODIs and 28.05 in T20Is. He also took a total of 148 wickets in all three formats of the game.

The left-handed batsman was a crucial part of the Indian unit which won the 2007 T20I World Cup, and had been reported to be seriously contemplating retirement from international cricket to pursue a career in ICC approved foreign Twenty20 leagues.

Singh had been the main force behind India s second World Cup triumph in 2011, for which he received the player of the tournament award. The left-handed batsman scored 362 runs in eight innings, which included four fifties and one century. In the bowling department, Singh took 15 wickets in nine matches and was India s second highest wicket-taker after Zaheer Khan.

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