Mohanlal on Yuvraj Singh's retirement from cricket: Thanks for the magical performances

File image of Yuvraj Singh

File image of Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh in his retirement showreel said, "cricket has always been with him ever since he started to walk. It was the right time to go".

"It's been a love-hate relationship. As a mother, I am proud of what he has achieved for himself and for the country", said Shabnam Singh while talking to Chandigarh Newsline from Mumbai.

'I have no doubt that Yuvraj is a hero not just in the cricketing world but outside of it too. In retrospect, I don't think I hated this game because the love I have for it today which will remain constant until the end of life.

After the World Cup, he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy in Boston and Indianapolis.

He suffered a new blow when India reached the World T20 final against Sri Lanka in 2014 and he was later dropped from the one-day side after playing poorly.

'This is the ground where I experienced the best high of my career and there is no better place to end it.

Again Singh did not give up. In what seemed a game that was there for England to win - after India's famed top-order flopped - Yuvraj combined with Mohammad Kaif to take the visitors home as visuals of a shirtless Sourav Ganguly waving the jersey from the Lord's balcony became part of folklore.

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Singh posted a career-best ODI score of 150 in the series and was included in India's squad for Champions Trophy the same year but his form dipped again.

A massive 304 ODIs was where Yuvi really blossomed, scoring 8701 runs at an average of 36.55 with 14 centuries and 42 fifties.

Singh´s stats in Test cricket were less flattering. The adrenaline rush for playing for India, singing the national anthem before each game, touching the Indian flag, stopping every run for the team or scoring every run for the team was a completely different high.

"My life has been like a roller coaster ride".

And mother Shabnam Singh sounded proud of her cricketer son's achievements."It has been a rollercoaster ride for Yuvraj Singh in his global cricket career; it had to end some day".

That would be his last foray in the IPL, he confirmed, but he would seek release from the Indian board to play in other, lower profile, T20 leagues.

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