Indian National Cricket Team's 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh chose to bid farewell to cricket on June 10 (Monday) after an 18-year long fighting career.
"After 25 years in and around the 22 yards and nearly 17 years of global cricket on and off, I have chose to move on".
Yuvraj earlier on Monday, announced to retire from worldwide cricket, wrapping up his almost two decade long cricket journey having played 304 ODIs, 58 T20Is and 40 Tests. Yuvraj Singh Deserved a Better Send Off, Says Rohit Sharma.
The 20-year-old though has never played Yuvraj Singh in an worldwide match but played alongside him for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, said: "Your strength & belief on and off the field is truly inspiring". When I saw him in 2003 in the World Cup match at Centurion, he played a very good knock and I always found him as an elegant batsman. "I was deeply impressed by his in-depth knowledge of the game", Akhtar said in his YouTube channel. He was a major integral part to help India win that World Cup and his six 6's against Stuart Broad will always be remembered.More news: Departing Callum Macleod backs Curtis and Amy to win Love Island
"I don't think India has produced a more elegant batsman than Yuvraj Singh".
"I started my career under Sourav Ganguly's captaincy and got an opportunity to play with my idol, the great Sachin Tendulkar, and other legends like Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Javagal Srinath", he said.
Yuvraj, who was adjudged Man of the Tournament in 2011 World Cup, hit four half-centuries and a ton besides picking up 15 wickets, including a five-for against Ireland.
"He will be remembered for his performances at the 2011 World Cup in the years to come".More news: So close you can count its moons
In response, the Indian said Akhtar was the one bowler who terrified him the most in his playing days.
"I wish him best of luck for the future". He is very patriotic and he will always remain the biggest match-winner. "He is a TV product and I know he will do a lot of work on the small screen", he added.
The former Pakistani speedster also advised Yuvraj to have two kids so that he can play with them.More news: Single-use plastics will be banned by 2021, Trudeau announces