Yuvraj Singh retires: Ace batsman says he 'always knew' IPL 2019 would be his last appearance in league

Bidding adieu to not just his international but IPL career as well, Yuvraj Singh Monday revealed that his decision to not continue playing in India's mega-rich league was something he has been contemplating since last year.

Press Trust of India, Jun 10, 2019 19:20:04 IST

Mumbai: Bidding adieu to not just his international but IPL career as well, Yuvraj Singh Monday revealed that his decision to not continue playing in India's mega-rich league was something he has been contemplating since last year.

Yuvraj, who was a part of the Mumbai Indians during this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), said he always knew this would be his last hurrah.

Yuvraj Singh represented Mumbai Indians in four matches in IPL 2019. Sportzpics

Yuvraj Singh represented Mumbai Indians in four matches in IPL 2019. Sportzpics

"Last year only I had thought that this year's IPL will be my last," Yuvraj said addressing the media in Mumbai.

"I am not available for IPL. I have retired from BCCI, international cricket. I am looking forward to play outside India (in T20 leagues)."

Yuvraj has played for as many as five IPL teams since its inaugural edition in 2008. He had captained Kings XI Punjab and Pune Warriors and also represented Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians.

The left-handed batsman, who played just four matches for Mumbai Indians and scored 98 runs at an average of 24.50, including a half-century this year, felt it would have been better had he got more opportunities to play and bow out on a high.

"I was confused with my career and how I would end it. I would have been satisfied if I could have played more games in IPL 2019, would have been happy to leave the sport with that. But you don't get everything in life. I had decided last year that this IPL would be my last and I'll give it my best shot," Yuvraj, who has overall scored 2,750 runs in 132 IPL matches at a strike rate of 129.71, confessed.

However, the 37-year-old now wants to continue playing in other domestic T20 cricket leagues around the world if he gets the approval from the BCCI.

"I want to play T20 cricket. At this age I can manage to play some kind of fun cricket. I want to go and enjoy my life. It's been too stressful just thinking about my international career, performing and big tournaments like the IPL," said Yuvraj.

"Now I would like to enjoy myself. With BCCI's permission I would like to go and play. Just have fun for this year and maybe next year, whatever is left in me. It's been a very long and hard journey and I think I deserve that," he added.

Updated Date: Jun 10, 2019 19:20:04 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
India 3 2 0 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 4 1 2 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 3
Pakistan 4 1 2 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254