He scored 1,900 runs in the longest format of the game after making his debut against New Zealand in 2003 with three hundreds - all against Pakistan - and 11 half-centuries.
Announcing his retirement through a 15-minute film after which an emotional Yuvraj read out a statement highlighting his career's ebbs and flows, he said: "It was a great roller coaster ride, a attractive story". He said the 2019 edition would be his last IPL. He has played with the same passion all these years. "Winning the World Cup (in 2011) and being named the man of the series was like a dream", Singh said as his mother and wife - Bollywood actress Hazel Keech - sat among the audience. He said he was now hoping to get the BCCI's blessing to play in overseas T20 leagues.
Yuvraj, who first came into limelight with a knock of 84 runs against Australia in the Champions Trophy in Kenya in 2000, played a vital role in India's title win in 2007 T-20 World Cup in South Africa, where he smashed six sixes off Stuart Broad of England followed by 70 runs against Australia in semi-final.
More than his antics inside the field, Yuvraj will be well-known for fighting severe health issues like cancer and returning to the cricket field.
"I am going to go and enjoy my life, it has been too stressful just thinking about my global career, performing in big tournaments like IPL". You made memories on the field and off which we as Indian fans shall always cherish.
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"You know how I feel inside!"
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"Cricket has given me everything and that's the reason why I am standing here today".
The Mumbai Indians skipper posted a cryptic tweet saying Yuvraj deserved a better send off.
The 37-year-old last played for India in June 2017. The left-handed batsman played in 132 matches in his IPL career and scored 2,750 runs and took 36 wickets. I am not saying right now because India is playing the World Cup. Being player of the tournament in that World Cup was an icing on the cake which Yuvraj describes as the "biggest moment of his career". I prayed during the match and later when he made 84 runs against Australia, he called me and he was very excited.