India's greatest white ball cricketer, Yuvraj Singh has decided to retire from all forms of cricket meaning that the match against Chennai Super Kings on 3rd April 2019 was his last appearance on the cricket field. Imran Tahir was the man who picked his wicket that night at the Wankhede Stadium as the warrior Yuvraj did not get a chance to play after that fixture.
Co-incidentally, Yuvraj Singh's last cricket match took place at the same venue where the biggest moment of his cricket career transpired, the 2011 Cricket World Cup triumph. Singh had won the man of the tournament award that year only to never return to the World Cup.
Though Yuvraj Singh played his final IPL match in 2019, his last international match came in the year 2017. In this article, we will have a look at Yuvraj Singh's last game in every format -
Test - India vs England, Kolkata, 16-20 October 2012
Known to be a prolific player in the limited overs format, Yuvraj Singh was not so successful in Test cricket. Singh made his Test debut in October 2003 against New Zealand. From 2003 to 2012, the Punjabi player represented India in 40 Test matches before he was dropped from the squad.
In the 40 Test matches he played, the all-rounder scored 1,900 runs at an average of 33.22. His knock of 169 against Pakistan at Bengaluru was the highlight of his career. With his left-arm spin, Singh scalped 9 wickets in Test matches.
Yuvraj scored 32 and 11 in his final Test match versus England. The Englishmen defeated India by 7 wickets thanks to their skipper Sir Alastair Cook's splendid knock of 190 runs in the first innings.
T20I - India vs England, Bengaluru, 1st February 2017
Yuvraj Singh's last T20I appearance for India came on 1st February 2017. England decided to field first in the series decider at Bengaluru. Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni hit fantastic half-centuries to lay the platform for the finishers. Yuvraj Singh capitalized on the start and smashed 27 runs off just 10 balls to take India's total past 200.
In reply, Eoin Morgan's men folded for just 127 as Yuzvendra Chahal took a 6-wicket haul in the 2nd innings. India won the match by 75 runs and sealed the 3-match series 2-1.
Yuvraj Singh was never considered for the Indian T20I team after that series despite the fact that he played a flamboyant knock of 27 runs at a strike rate of 270. The all-rounder played 58 T20Is in his T20I career which spanned nearly a decade.
From helping India to win the first ever T20 World Cup to retiring without a farewell match in T20s, Yuvraj Singh has come a long way. A point to note here is that Rishabh Pant made his international debut in the final T20I of Yuvraj Singh's career!
ODI - West Indies vs India, North Sound, 30th June 2017
Perhaps, the saddest thing about Yuvraj Singh's career is that his career culminated in the West Indies and not at Mohali. Nevertheless, Yuvraj emerged as a match-winner for India in the ODI format which was one of the key reasons why he played 304 ODIs for India. He scored 8,701 runs and took 111 wickets in his exemplary ODI career.
Talking about his last international appearance for India, Yuvi scored 39 runs off 55 balls in that match after coming out to bat at no.4. India put 251/4 on the board for the hosts, the West Indies in 50 overs and the home team was skittled out for 158 in 38.1 overs as the Men in Blue won the match by 93 runs.
Nobody knew that this would be the final international match of Yuvraj Singh's career but in the end, it turned out to be.