Mumbai, June 10: Wife Hazel Keech had a special message for hubby Yuvraj Singh minutes after the Champion announced retirement from international cricket. She was among the hundreds of celebrities who took to social media to thank Yuvi for his contribution to Indian cricket and entertaining them with his flamboyant style of cricket.
"And, with that, its the end of an era. Be proud of yourself husband, now onto the next chapter.... love you @YUVSTRONG12," tweeted HazelYuvraj had married Hazel in 2016.
"Trust me I never stopped believing in myself, no matter what the world said. Believe in yourself because if you put your heart & soul in to it you can achieve the impossible," Yuvraj told a packed media gathering after calling time on his illustrious career in which he played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is.
Arguably, one of the greatest players to have donned the blue in white-ball cricket, Yuvraj was diagnosed with mediastinal seminoma, a germ-cell tumour located between his two lungs just after he helped M.S. Dhoni-led India clinch their second World Cup on home soil.
Yuvraj, now 37, hit four half-centuries and a century, while also picking up 15 wickets -- including a five-for against Ireland -- on his way to the Man of the Tournament award to star for the Men in Blue in the showpiece event in 2011.
"As I go back in time today, my life has been like a roller coaster ride. Winning the 2011 World Cup, being man of the series, four Man of the Match awards was all like a dream, which was followed by a harsh reality -- getting diagnosed of cancer. It was like touching the sky and then falling down at lightning speed and hitting the ground hard. As all this happened so quickly and that too when I was at the peak of my career.
The cancer diagnosis was confirmed in February 2012, after which Yuvraj stayed away from the game till December that year, when he made a comeback following treatment.
"This brings me to my next focus in life, which is to help cancer patients through my foundation YouWeCan. At YouWeCan we spread awareness about cancer and help the underprivileged by conducting screening camps, funding their treatments and sponsoring education to underprivileged cancer survived kids. We have also started our own merchandising arm YWC for the foundation to help generate funds for the cause. I really want to make a difference to the society by setting example through my inspiring story," Yuvraj said.
News24 Bureau/ IANS