Yuvraj Singh’s retirement announcement was a hard pill to swallow for a lot of Indian cricketers and lovers alike. Whilst Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit kept buzzing with tribute pictures and videos of the much-celebrated cricketer, a section of social media thought the southpaw didn’t get a fitting farewell from the game that he played for 19 years.
India’s current vice-captain Rohit Sharma was among the firsts to put his thoughts out for 37-year-old cricketer, who in a cryptic tweet on Monday night, have written that Yuvraj “deserved a better send off.”
To which Yuvraj promptly replied by saying, “You understand how I feel inside! Love, u brothaman you go be a legend.”
Whilst announcing his retirement in a press conference on Monday, Yuvraj asserted that a farewell game was available to him in 2017 even if he had failed the Yo-Yo test. The cricketer did manage to clear the test but was never called back to the team.
“I didn’t tell anyone in BCCI that I want a farewell game,” Yuvraj declared. “If I had the potential, I would have left from the ground. I didn’t need a match. I was informed that if I failed a Yo-Yo test then I can play a retirement match. I told them I don’t require the game, if I don’t pass the Yo-Yo test, I’ll go home quietly. I passed the Yo-Yo Test and rest is not my call.”
His revelation came as a shock to many, particularly Indian cricket fans on Twitter. Seconding Rohit Sharma’s ideas, they were quick to trend #YuviDeservesProperFarewell on the microblogging site. Some users went as far as tagging the authorized handles of ICC and BCCI on Twitter and requested the cricket bodies to arrange for a special farewell match as a tribute to Yuvraj’s involvement to Team India.