India’s superstar cricketer Yuvraj Singh has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. In a press conference for the retirement announcement, he mentioned that he was promised a farewell match if he failed the ‘Yo-Yo test’, but he passed it.
Yuvraj Singh last played an international game in June 2017. Since then, he was not considered for selection, eyeing his fitness and form issues. Indian cricketers need to pass this test in order to be considered for selection in the national team. Yuvraj passed the test and there was no question of a farewell match as he was considered for selection on fitness grounds.
The 37-year-old said, “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).”
“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).”
“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 added.
He was asked about his views on the Yo-Yo test and whether it should still be kept mandatory for the Indian cricketers to play at the international level. He did not give his opinion and avoided controversy as the Team India members are currently playing the World Cup.
He said, “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 to be in that space I have retired in the World Cup, I have just retired because I want to move on in my life,” he added.