Sports

Retirement decision was Yuvi's own, says his mother Shabnam Singh

ANI | June 10, 2019 04:22 PM
Shabnam Singh (L) and Hazel Keech (R)

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], June 10 (ANI): The decision of Yuvraj Singh to retire from all forms of cricket was his own, said Shabnam Singh, cricketer's mother, here on Monday.

"It was his decision to retire. Well, he has had a good career. He has won all the major tournaments, a very good accomplishment for him. He has done India proud. A mother can only stand in the back and appreciate his son," Shabnam Singh told ANI.

Yuvraj's wife Hazel Keech said that she did not understand cricket before meeting Yuvi and said the cricketer has her support for his retirement decision.

"As a wife, it is not my place to tell him what to do. He has my full support on the retirement decision. I did not watch cricket before meeting Yuvi. When Yuvi's cricketing kit arrived in 2014, I saw him crying," said Keech.

"I didn't understand the emotion at that point. I guess only cricketers can understand how it is to get picked for the national team," added Keech.

In reply to a question, Keech said: "I do not like the term survivor. Yes, you can overcome any illness and disease. People find it difficult to get rid of the taboo of surviving very hard. Yuvi does not have it in his mind that he is a survivor. He has his YWC fashion brand which generates money for his charity. He is really dedicated to his charity."

The Chandigarh-born Yuvraj captured the imagination of world cricket with his gravity-defying fielding abilities and effortless power-hitting.

"Only if I could articulate what cricket has done for me, to me! But let me tell you this, cricket has given me everything I have. It is the reason why I sit here today," said Yuvraj, whose on-field exploits defined India's last two World Cup triumphs.

A career that spanned over 304 ODIs, 58 T20Is and 40 Tests, Yuvraj imprinted his place in the echelons of cricket as a player who could pretty much win matches for his side either through his electric fielding, deceiving bowling or fierce batting.

Big events brought out the best in him -- be it his international cricket entry at 2000 ICC Champions Trophy, the mind-numbing batting exhibition at the inaugural 2007 World Twenty20 or the all-round performance at 2011 World Cup.

Yuvi is renowned for hitting six sixes in an over of Stuart Broad in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 and he was awarded the Player of the Tournament in India's 2011 50-over World Cup triumph.

"Thank you, this has been a lovely journey. See you on the other side," said Singh, adding that he would continue devoting his time to assisting cancer patients through his 'YouWeCan' Foundation. (ANI)

Have something to say? Post your comment
Must Read
Punjab Governor greets people on Parkash Utsav of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Punjab Governor greets people on Parkash Utsav of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Awareness meeting Organized By D.C Tarn Taran on Stubble Burn
Awareness meeting Organized By D.C Tarn Taran on Stubble Burn
District Level Programs begins to celebrate Guru Nanak Dev Ji Parkash Purb
District Level Programs begins to celebrate Guru Nanak Dev Ji Parkash Purb
4 major issues drowned Education sector of Punjab: Dr. Anshu Kataria
4 major issues drowned Education sector of Punjab: Dr. Anshu Kataria
People welcome 'Cavalcade of Universal Oneness' with open arms
People welcome 'Cavalcade of Universal Oneness' with open arms
Motorcyclist dies on collision with truck
Motorcyclist dies on collision with truck
Students of Aryans Institute of Nursing visits Old age home & Handicapped Institute
Students of Aryans Institute of Nursing visits Old age home & Handicapped Institute
Cheema appeals PM Modi for construction of NH connecting Sultanpur Lodhi with Ludhiana-Amritsar
Cheema appeals PM Modi for construction of NH connecting Sultanpur Lodhi with Ludhiana-Amritsar
Installation of new Solar Power Plant at GMCH Sec.32 to reduce electricity bill by approximately Rs.36 lakhs annually
Installation of new Solar Power Plant at GMCH Sec.32 to reduce electricity bill by approximately Rs.36 lakhs annually
Punjab government to dedicate all the events of November 9 to Babe Nanaki
Punjab government to dedicate all the events of November 9 to Babe Nanaki
Chandigarh Air quality going down after Dussehra & Diwali reported by CPCC (Chandigarh Pollution Control Board)
Chandigarh Air quality going down after Dussehra & Diwali reported by CPCC (Chandigarh Pollution Control Board)
CT Schools mark 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak
CT Schools mark 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak