Rohit Sharma to Yuvraj Singh: Love you brotherman, you deserved a better send-off

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As all-rounder Yuvraj Singh called time on his interntaional career without getting to play a farewell match, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma said the southpaw deserved a better send off for his 17 years of stellar service to the nation.

Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India. He put together 1900 runs in the longest format, and 8701 in the one-dayers, the format in which he enjoyed most success. His one-day runs tally places him 22nd in the overall list, and seventh among Indians.

He is among the Indian greats who did not get a farewell game after contemporaries Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Gautam Gambhir.

Rohit Sharma took to Twitter to express that Yuvraj Singh deserved a fitting farewell.

“You don’t know what you got till its gone. Love you brotherman. You deserved a better send off,” the Indian opener wrote.

After Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement in Mumbai, he revealed that he was promised a farewell game by the BCCI provided he failed the ‘Yo Yo’ fitness test. However, he passed it and the swansong never happened.

“I was told… If you cannot pass the Yo-Yo test, then you could play a retirement match. I said I do not want a retirement match and if I do not pass the Yo-Yo test, I would go home. I passed the Yo-Yo test and the rest is not my call,” Yuvraj Singh said.

“In life now, I will have a lot of time to discuss these things and I will have a lot to say. I am not saying anything right now because India is playing the World Cup and I don’t want any controversies around the players. I want the players to be in the best space to go into the last four.

“I am sure my time will come to speak and I don’t want to be in that space where I have retired at the World Cup time… I have retired because I want to move on with my life and I am sure my time will come to talk about these things,” Yuvraj said.

Yuvraj Singh made his India debut back in 2000 in the ICC Knockout Trophy in Kenya and made an immediate impact when he hit an 80-ball 84 against Australia. He followed that up with a crisp 41 against South Africa as India reached the final.

In the years to come, Yuvraj Singh would go on to become one of the world’s most influential cricketers in the shorter formats. He played a gem of a knock against Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup and was the backbone of India’s sensational triumph in the ICC World T20 in 2007 in South Africa.Yuvraj Singh’s crowning glory came in 2011 when he scored 362 runs and took 15 wickets to help India win the World Cup.

(With inputs from PTI)

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