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Broad is quick to pay tribute after India great Yuvraj retires

 

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Yuvraj Singh

By Rory Dollard

India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who once bludgeoned Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over, has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Yuvraj took the Player of the Tournament gong during India's surge to 2011 World Cup glory, following which he was diagnosed with lung cancer but made a comeback after treatment.

His last match for India was two years ago and, following 40 Tests, 304 one-day internationals and 58 Twenty20s, he has decided to officially bow out.

At a press conference broadcast on his Facebook page in Mumbai, the scene of India's win over Sri Lanka in the World Cup final eight years ago, Yuvraj said: "This it for me.

"After 25 years, in and around 22 yards and almost 17 years of international cricket all in all, I have decided to move on.

"Cricket has given me everything I have and is the reason why I stand here. This game taught me how to fight, how to fall, to dust myself off, to get up again, to move forward.

"You have to move forward in life and I think this is right time to go. It was a great rollercoaster ride and a beautiful story but it has to come to an end."

One of Yuvraj's more memorable moments was his savaging of a 21-year-old Broad in the inaugural World T20 in 2007.

Broad was among those to pay tribute, posting a picture of the two on Instagram with the caption: "Enjoy retirement Legend."

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