Yuvraj Singh’s role in India’s World T20 and World Cup triumphs were extremely significant © Getty
Yuvraj Singh has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket bringing curtains to his 18-year old international career during which he appeared in 304 ODIs, 58 T20Is and 40 Tests. His last international appearance came in an ODI in the Caribbean in July 2017, while he played his last Test nearly seven years ago in December 2012. The pinnacle of his career came in the World Cup in 2011 where he was awarded Man of the Series for his all-round skills.
Yuvraj career through numbers
8609 Runs scored by Yuvraj Singh in ODIs for India – the seventh most for India in ODI cricket. He featured in 304 ODIs, scored 14 centuries and 52 half-centuries along with taking 111 wickets including a career best of 5/31. He also appeared in thee ODIs for the composite Asia XI in 2007 scoring 92 runs.
1523 Runs scored by Yuvraj against England – the most he made against an opponent in ODI cricket. He averages 50.76 against them and four of his 14 ODI hundreds have come against them, including his career best of 150 in Cuttack in January 2017.
9 Yuvraj is one of the nine players with the double of 8000 runs and 100 wickets in ODI cricket. He scored 8701 runs at an average of 36.55 and a strike rate of 87.67 while his 111 wickets came at 38.68 apiece.
8000+ runs and 100+ wickets in ODIs
|Player||Mat||Runs||Bat Avg||Wkts||Bowl Avg||Avg Diff|
|Aravinda de Silva||308||9284||34.90||106||39.40||-4.50|
7 Yuvraj is one of the seven players with the double of 500 runs and 20 wickets in World Cups. In the 23 matches he appeared across three editions, Yuvraj scored 738 runs at 52.71 and picked 20 wickets at 23.10 and the difference in average of 29.61 is the highest among the seven. Alongside Kapil Dev, Yuvraj is one of the two players to hit a century and capture a five-fer in World Cups.
2 Players scoring 300-plus runs and taking 15 or more wickets in an ODI series – Greg Chappell (686 runs & 22 wickets) in Benson and Hedges World Series Cup in 1980/81 and Yuvraj Singh (363 runs & 15 wickets) in the 2011 ICC World Cup.
5492 Runs scored by Yuvraj in the six-year period between 2004 and 2009 – the prime of his career. He was the third highest run-getter in ODIs in this period behind Ricky Ponting (5729), Kumar Sangakkara (5708). He won 15 Man of the Match awards in this period which was only behind Andrew Symonds’s 17 while his 112 maximums was unparalleled.
27 Man of the Match awards won by Yuvraj in ODI cricket – joint 13th most among all players and fourth most for India after Sachin Tendulkar (62), Virat Kohli (32) and Sourav Ganguly (31). His seven Man of the Match awards in T20Is is the third most for India after Kohli (10) and Rohit Sharma (8).
7 Man of the series awards won by Yuvraj – fifth most in ODI cricket along side Ricky Ponting. The ones who won more often are Tendulkar (14), Sanath Jayasuriya (11), Chris Gayle (8) and Shaun Pollock (8). He is one of the five players to win the prestigious Man of the Series award in the World Cup and second Indian to do so after Tendulkar.
6 Yuvraj is one of the six players to hit six sixes in an over in professional cricket and the second player to do so in international cricket after Herschelle Gibbs. His efforts came in the World T20 encounter against Stuart Broad of England in Durban in 2007.
Hitting six sixes in an over
|Garry Sobers||First-class||Malcolm Nash||Nottinghamshire||Glamorgan||Swansea||1968|
|Ravi Shastri||First-class||Tilak Raj||Mumbai||Baroda||Mumbai WS||1985|
|Herschelle Gibbs||ODI||Dan van Bunge||South Africa||Netherlands||St Kitts||2007|
|Yuvraj Singh||T20I||Stuart Broad||India||England||Durban||2007|
|Ross Whiteley||T20||Karl Carver||Worcestershire||Yorkshire||Leeds||2017|
|Hazratullah Zazai||T20||Abdullah Mazari||Kabul Zwanan||Balkh Legends||Sharjah||2018|
12 Balls taken by Yuvraj to score fifty against England in the above-mentioned match – the fastest in the history of international cricket across formats and joint fastest in all T20 cricket.
Fastest 50s in international cricket
Yuvraj smashed a 12-ball 50 against England in the ICC World T20. ©Cricbuzz
304 ODIs by Yuvraj is the second most number of ODIs by a player who has never captained in a match. The only player to appear in more ODIs without leading a side is Muttiah Muralitharan who appeared in 350 ODIs for Sri Lanka.