Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Yuvraj Singh's retirement came as a surprise to his fans. Ditto former India cricketer Reetinder Singh Sodhi. Hailing from the same state of Punjab, Sodhi and Yuvraj played a lot of cricket together since their childhood.
"He was optimistic about his comeback to the Indian team. He was fighting for it. I met him in the Maldives before this year's IPL but he didn't mention anything about retirement. Maybe, he thought this is the right time," Sodhi, 38, told mid-day yesterday.The pundits hail Yuvraj's performance in the 2011 World Cup and the 2007 World T20 and rightly so, but it shouldn't be forgotten that Yuvraj also played a leading role in India's 2000 U-19 World Cup triumph in Sri Lanka where the southpaw was man of the series.
Sodhi, who was vice-captain of that U-19 team, said: "I remember we had a poor run-rate when we batted first against Australia in the semi-final [202-2 in 42.5 overs]. Yuvi was supposed to bat next at No. 4 and before going out he told me: 'Tu fikar mat kar, main chhaddanga nahi unhe [you don't worry. I won't spare them]'. He started playing aggressively from the word go.