One of India's finest all-rounder, Yuvraj Singh announced his international retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday, 10 June. However, he will be available for overseas franchise-based leagues. The 37-year-old who played a key role in India's 2011 World Cup win, has served Indian cricket for 19 long years. Yuvraj featured in 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India.
He trained under his dad from a very age under strict restrictions. At a tender age of 13 he made into the Punjab Under-16 squad and later got into Punjab Under-19. He made his first class debut in the year 1997.
His first breakthrough performance came against Sri Lanka Under-19 with a brisk 89 off 55 balls.
He was a part of the India Under-19 team which was victorious at the 2000 U-19 World Cup. Yuvraj Singh was adjudged the Man of the Tournament for his brilliant all-round effort.
His valiant performance made him earn his international cap in the year 2000.
After being dropped due to lack of runs in 2001 and 2002, Yuvraj made his place in the team with two quick fires against Zimbabwe to seal series on the same year.
Going into the NatWest series of 2002, he scored a 19 ball 40 in a rain washed game. He along with Mohammed Kaif stabilized the innings chase of final where India scored 146 at the loss of 5 wickets. The duo added 121 runs for the wicket which ensured the finals win. He scored 69 (63) before getting caught to Paul Collingwood. This final still remains the best ODI chase till date.
He scored his maiden ODI century against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2003 after three years of debut. He was signed up Yorkshire club in the year 2003 and became only the second Indian player after Sachin to play county cricket then.
He made his test debut later in the same year (2003) against New Zealand.
Yuvraj Singh was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor. It was evident during the World Cup of 2011 which included blood vomitings.
Recovering from chemotherapy done in USA, he couldn't be the same lightning and athletic fielder he was. With few very good knocks post surgery, he still couldn't find place in the team due to fitness issues.