One of India's greatest match-winners, Yuvraj Singh, has finally said goodbye to his international cricket career. Let's just say, it's the end of an era.
He is surely one of the most influential cricketers that India has ever seen. He fought all the battles that came along with the pressure of this game and today, he decided to hang his gloves on his illustrious career.June 10, 2019
He has had his own set of struggles throughout his life and his career, but has always kept his spirits high.
He announced his retirement from international cricket in a press conference in Mumbai today where he finally said goodbye to his 19-year-long career. Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India.View this post on Instagram
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When he was making a comeback post his recovery from cancer, it wasn't easy for him as he had to prove that the cricketer in him had not faded away.
Finally, he is letting go of the pressure and baggage that came along with the game. It has been a roller-coaster ride for him.
MensXP got in touch with Yuvraj Singh's wife Hazel Keech to get clarity about his plans post-retirement.View this post on Instagram
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When we asked about Yuvraj and Hazel's plans post his retirement, she told us, “He plans to work more on his charity and his fashion brand. The whole idea for the fashion brand was to create revenue for the charity. I have also been involved in charity. It's like a family-run thing with his mother and close friends being a part of it. We don't like to publicize that much. We also plan to create a platform for providing counselling to people who are going through cancer and their families. We are trying to set up at the moment. Now that he is retiring, I will be having a bit of time for myself, so I will pursue my acting career.”
Time and again, reports have been surfacing online that the two are expecting their first child together. We asked her if they are planning to start a family now, considering Yuvraj is off the pressure of international cricket. On this, she told us, “Whenever a baby comes along, we will happily welcome the new addition.”View this post on Instagram
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For Yuvraj, things haven't really been easy and his battle with cancer changed his vision completely.
Yuvraj was diagnosed with a condition called extragonadal seminoma and this news came as nothing but a shock for all the cricket fans. But, he defeated cancer to make a comeback to the Indian squad.
In his tough times, his mother Shabnam Singh has been his greatest strength. We asked Hazel about Shabnam's reaction to his decision of retiring from international cricket.
“Last few years have been very difficult for Yuvraj and she has always been around. It is more difficult for her than him. He is kind of finally feeling relieved from the stress and pressure and expectation,” said Hazel.View this post on Instagram
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Hazel is in a happy place because as his wife, she is relieved that Yuvraj can let go of all the baggage and pressure and begin a second innings.
“Everything he does, I am there to support him. I want him to be happy. I have been very clear with it if he isn't happy with something, he shouldn't. I want him to start enjoying his life. I think he is finally letting go of the baggage that he carried. He is in a good state now and I am thrilled about it,” Hazel said on an ending note.