IPL 2019: Yuvraj Singh talks about retirement and how Sachin Tendulkar’s advice calmed him
After the match, Yuvraj Singh was seen discussing retirement in the post-match conference with the reporters.
Updated - Mar 25, 2019 2:09 pm
India’s 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh has not quite had the success in the Indian Premier League that is associated with one of the all-time great limited overs batsmen produced by the nation. He has drifted from franchise to franchise in the league and is playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2019.
The Mumbai based franchise bid for him at the last moment after Yuvraj had gone unsold in the first round. Yuvraj, who previously was the most expensive player in auctions two times, was bought for his base price. However, the southpaw turned the clock back in Mumbai’s IPL 2019 opener against Delhi Capitals, as he carved out a brilliant fifty in a heartbreaking loss for the side.
Advice from Sachin Tendulkar made it easier for him to decide on retirement
After the match, Yuvraj Singh was seen discussing retirement in the post-match conference with the reporters. Singh was last seen in India colors in 2017 against Windies and since then has not been part of the Indian team thanks to him going out of form and owing to poor fitness.
Yuvraj Singh is sharing the dressing room with Sachin Tendulkar in the Mumbai Indians’ dressing room. Tendulkar is the mentor of the MI team and has played with Yuvraj Singh for more than a decade for the Indian team. He revealed that Sachin Tendulkar’s advice had a big role in calming him down and made things easier for him.
“When the time comes, I will be the first one to hang up my boots. I spoke to Sachin (Tendulkar) as well and he has gone through such a time at 38-39. Talking to him makes things easier for me. In the last two years, I have been up and down. I started playing cricket because I enjoyed the game and then I was not playing for Indian. It was U-14, U-16, so till the time I enjoy, I will play,” Yuvraj was quoted by Times of India.
"I'll play till the time I enjoy playing cricket." – @YUVSTRONG12 reveals having consulted former teammate and @mipaltan mentor @sachin_rt on playing as long as the spirit & desire remains! #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/Y7KtUZnA1c
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 25, 2019
“I took my time there. The wickets were falling and I thought if I take chance early, we (don’t) want to end getting close to the game, so I just took my time. I am happy with the way I was hitting the ball,” Yuvraj added.