With the ICC World Cup currently under progress, the Indian cricket team has so far stayed true to its reputation as one of the title contenders in England and Wales. The Virat Kohli-led brigade decimated South Africa in their opening game and then hammered Australia to prove their credentials as one of the strongest sides in the tournament.
But, on 10th June, while everyone was still hungover from a clinical 36-run win by Kohli & co, an out of favour Indian cricketer grabbed the limelight following an emotional press conference in Mumbai.
For someone who last featured for India during an ODI series against West Indies in June 2017, Yuvraj Singh didn't really surprise anyone by announcing his retirement from all forms in international cricket. With age catching up with the Indian star, Yuvi's dreams of making a comeback into the national team - a side that's full of fitter and more consistent players - was over long ago.
Thus, it was more of a question of when and not if on Yuvraj's retirement. But, even if he struggled in the recent years, it still shouldn't take anything away from Yuvraj's immense contribution to Indian cricket. That's probably why cricket bigwigs and fans were busy showering praise on India's 2011 World Cup hero when he announced his retirement.
However, amongst all the praise, there was one pertinent question that gained voice on the social media: why isn't there a farewell match for Yuvi? For someone who, despite his medical condition, put his team and country ahead of health and life by playing a key role in India's World Cup winning campaign in 2011, organising a farewell match was the least the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could do.
While no one had any answer to that question, Yuvi, himself, gave an insight on the issue. Yuvraj revealed that he was promised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that he would get a farewell match if he fails to clear the 'Yo-Yo' fitness test but he cleared the test and was not given a chance to retire on the field.
"Mujhe bola gaya tha agar aapse 'Yo-Yo' test pass nahi hota toh aap retirement match khel sakate ho (I was told that if you are not able to pass the 'Yo-Yo' test, I would get a farewell game)," the 37-year-old said at an emotional press conference in Mumbai.
"I did not tell anyone in BCCI that I have to play the last match. Agar main accha tha, potential tha toh main ground pe se chale jaata. (If I was good enough, I would have retired from the ground). Aur mujhe is tarha ki cricket khelna pasand nahi hai, ki mujhe ek match chahiye (I don't like to ask for a game, I have never played the game with that mindset)," he claimed.
"Toh maine us time bola ki mujhe retirement match nahi chahiye, 'Yo-Yo' test pass nahi hoga toh main chup chhap ghar chale jayunga... 'Yo-Yo' test pass kiya and then rest is not my call," he said.
Over the years, the 'Yo-Yo' test has become a key parameter for the cricketers to make the cut for the Indian team. The test involves a player sprinting between two cones that are set 20 metres apart on the sound of a beep. It is used to measure an athlete's endurance.
When asked about his thoughts on the 'Yo-Yo' test, Yuvraj decided against revealing the details for now before claiming that he still has a lot to say. "See I am sure now I'll have a lot of time to discuss these things, I'll have a lot to say. I am not saying right now because India is playing the World Cup. And I don't want any controversies over the players.
"I want the players to be in the best space, to go in the last four, so I am sure my time will come to speak and I don't want be in that space I have retired in the World Cup, I have just retired because I want to move on in my life," Yuvi, 2011 World Cup's 'Man of the Series', signed off on a mysterious note.