Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh lauded as an icon of 2007 and 2011 World Cup as he comforted Indian team to win ICC tiles and also titled as Player of the tournament in both the series.
After recovering from cancer, when he brought come back for Indian team in the 2014 T20 World Cup, fans were expecting from Yuvi to show his attacking nature of batting in the game and help his team to win the title.
In an interview, the left-handed batsman disclosed he even guessed that his career was over after the 2014 World Cup final against Sri Lanka as he earmarked for his slow knocks with 11 runs in 21 balls and Sri Lanka defeated India by 6 wickets.
The 38 year old also told that he felt like a villain as he criticized by his fans and media, who had killed someone.
“I always take full responsibility (for that inning). I did not play well. Unfortunately, that was a World Cup final. If it was any other game, scrutiny would not have been much. When I got back home, I felt like I was a villain. I remember getting out from the airport and luckily I had my headphones on…I got attacked by the media and they were literally shouting at me,” Yuvraj said on Sportscreen’s YouTube page.
“Yes there were some stones in my house as well. I felt like a culprit, like somebody has shot somebody and was going to jail. I bounced back from it. I still remember how I felt in that moment,” Yuvraj added.
The left-hander who retired on 10th June in 2019 and played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is in international cricket said that, “I remember Sachin (Tendulkar) tweeting that day and people actually understood. I went home and I remember I had the six sixes’ (2007 T20 World Cup against England) bat. I put my India cap on the six sixes bat and I thought my career was over,”
Yuvraj, who played for number or franchises in Indian Premier League (IPL) also revealed that he wanted to run away from the Kings XI Punjab as he had a White-Hot time at that franchise.
“I never got the opportunity to play for one franchise for like 3-4 years. So guys like Virat (Kohli), (MS) Dhoni, Rohit (Sharma) they have played for one franchise for so many years. You have a base. I could not really settle.
“One place I wanted to run away was Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Every time I wanted a player, they did not give me. It was amazing when I left they had bought the same players. I was just like captain for the sake of it. I loved playing for Punjab but wanted to get away from that franchise.”
“There were stones thrown on my house in Chandigarh. When I came home, I saw my India cap and the bat I hit 6 sixes with and realised my time is done.”