Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh recently said he always wanted to play ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The star of India's 2011 World Cup triumph never got a chance to play in the World Cup again. He missed the 2015 and 2019 editions. Earlier this year, the left-handed batsman announced his retirement from International cricket.
On Thursday, he talked about the reasons for his retirement and slammed the team management for not communicating properly during the final phase of his career. He also said he was not selected in the Indian team despite passing the mandatory Yo-Yo test and was kept on the sidelines despite his exceptional performance in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, where India lost in the final against Pakistan.
In 2017, Yuvi donned pads for the last time and entered the 22 yards in an ODI match against West Indies in Antigue. In the Champions Trophy, 2017, he notched up 105 runs in four matches played at an average of 35.00 and the strike rate of 99.06. However, he was asked to prove his fitness by taking the Yo-Yo test, after which he was asked to play domestic cricket and not given a place in the Indian team, which led to his decision to retire.
He agreed that the domestic season and Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 for Mumbai Indians didn't go well. "Yes, I wanted to play in the ICC World Cup, 2019. Didn't feel good when I missed the 2015 edition as I was scoring heavily in Ranji trophy back then. But there were many factors which I can't put in words. Before 2019 World Cup, I was 37 years old and a lot of things weren't in my favour. I thought I should be thankful for the amount of cricket I have played rather than ruing missing out on another World Cup. I'm glad that I retired at the right time," Yuvraj Singh was quoted as saying in an interview.