India’s swashbuckling all-rounder Yuvraj Singh announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket on Monday (June 10). In nearly two decades at the highest level, since his ODI debut against Kenya in 2000, Yuvraj featured in 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is, while also playing a pivotal role in India’s two big triumphs – the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup.
In a press conference in Mumbai, the 37-year-old made the announcement, saying: “It’s was great rollercoaster ride and beautiful story but it has to come to an end. It was the right time to go.”
Yuvraj was a product on the U-19 set up, impressing with 203 runs in the World Cup in 2000 and making his way to the senior side in less than a year. Though he turned heads with an 80-ball 84 in just his second ODI – against Australia, it wasn’t until the run chase in the NatWest series final at the Lord’s that made him a household name. A 63-ball 69 after a top-order collapse in chase of 327 made him an overnight hero, and in less than a year since, he represented the senior side in the World Cup.
Yuvraj earned his Test debut in 2003, but it turned out to be a format that he couldn’t quite get a hold of – as evidenced by the meagre 40 Test caps he received. In ODIs, however, he walks off as one of the finest batsman to have played for India. The middle-order batsman finished with 5048 runs at an average of 38, that included 14 hundreds and 52 fifties.
Yuvraj proved to be an asset in the shortest format as well, finishing with a career strike rate of 136.38 in the 58 T20I he played for India. He also famously pulled off the feat of smashing six sixes in a single over – against Stuart Broad in the 2007 World T20 – which is yet to be matched in the format in international cricket. Intriguingly though, by his lofty standards, his IPL numbers – 2750 runs at an average of 24.77 in 132 matches – are a tad underwhelming. Yet, he has twice been the top draw in the tournament – fetching bids of INR 14 crore and 16 crore in two successive auctions.
Yuvraj’s finest hour came in the 2011 50-over World Cup, where he orchestrated India’s knockout punch on three-time champions Australia in the quarterfinal. Yuvraj amassed 362 runs in that tournament – hitting four fifties and a century – while also coming into his own as more than just a part-time bowler – picking 15 wickets, the second-best tally for an Indian in that edition of the World Cup. In ODIs overall, he finished with 111 wickets.
A battle with cancer kept him out of the game for a while, and though he returned for a second wind, he wasn’t the same player as before. He still fought on and kept his spot in the side until 2013, but then faced an uncertain future.
After a four-year lay-off between 2013 and 2017, Yuvraj made another comeback – this time in the home series against England in 2017 in Virat Kohli’s first as full-time captain. He was roped in with the intention of adding stability and experience to the troubled No. 4 spot that Manish Pandey couldn’t make his own at that point.
There was also a suggestion that MS Dhoni would take the batting position at two-drop and Yuvraj at 5 would be a link to the lower-order comprising then-inexperienced duo of Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya. He smashed his career-best ODI score – 150 – in the Cuttack ODI in that series and strode into the squad for the Champions Trophy in the same year. But he couldn’t carry that form into the multi-team event.
Yuvraj got picked for the away tour of West Indies right after the Champions Trophy in 2017, where he ended up playing his last ODI for India. Since then, he has made occasional domestic appearances for Punjab and has been a squad player in the last two seasons of the IPL.
Eight civilians injured in Pulwama grenade blast
Srinagar, June 18 : Eight civilians were injured after suspected militants lobbed a grenade towards police station Pulwama in south Kashmir on Tuesday.
A police officer told GNS that the suspected militants hurled a grenade towards police station Pulwama which exploded on the roadside.
In the explosion, eight pedestrians were injured and were immediately evacuated to a nearby hospital for treatment. Among the injured, four seriously wounded were referred to Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment.
Following the blast, the government forces launched a hunt to nab the attackers.
Two dead, 8 others injured as boat capsizes in River Lidder
Srinagar, June 18 : An employee of the tourism department and a participant of championship named after brave heart, Rouf Ahmad Dar were killed and eight others were injured after a boat capsized in a river Lidder at Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday evening.
Reports reaching GNS said that the boat carrying the employee namely Rinku Raja and the female participant namely Sanjna from Jammu along with eight others, capsized in fast-flowing Lidder near Pahalgam.
Soon after the incident, a joint team of SDRF, police and local volunteers managed to rescue all of them and have been shifted to a nearby hospital where doctors declared Rinku and Sanjna as brought dead.
BMO Sallar Dr Shakeel Ahmad confirmed to GNS that both the persons were brought dead while eight others are injured. While five have been admitted one seriously injured person was referred to Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment.
Talking to GNS, Commissioner Secretary Tourism, Rigzin Samphel said that boat capsized in river Lidder and injured were shifted to hospital. He said that a three-day championship in honour of brave heart Rouf Ahmad Dar has been organized by the department and it started yesterday.
He said that after the conclusion of today’s rafting, the employee and the participant left for rafting during which the incident took place.
On May 31, last month, Rouf Dar saved five tourists, two of them foreigners, after their boat capsized in fast flowing river Lidder near Mawoora area of Pahalgam.
Unfortunately, Dar lost his life in an act of bravery which is being hailed by people and the administration
‘The Real Kashmir’ film gets shortlisted in PR Lions at Cannes Lions 2019
Indian agencies received 23 shortlists on day two of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Dentsu Webchutney received the majority of them with 10 shortlists.
Creative Data Lions
Mindshare got both of India’s shortlists in this category for ‘The Infection Alert System’ for Lifebuoy. Creative effectiveness
Creative Strategy Lions
Lowe Lintas’ ‘#HelpAChildReach5’ for Lifebuoy made the cut in this category.
Publicis Singapore’s ‘Touch of care India’ for P&G also received two shortlists in this category.
Dentsu Webchutney’s ‘Voice of Hunger’ for Swiggy earned four shortlists in the ‘Direct’ category. Leo Burnett ‘#StopMithani’ for HDFC Bank is also in the running for a metal.
Grey India’s ‘Breast Buffer’ for ALTBalaji and Mindshare’s ‘The Infection alert system’ earned two shortlists each. Dentsu Webchutney’s ‘Hagglebot’ for Flipkart also earned a shortlist.
Six Indian entries made the cut in this category. Cheil has two of them – ‘Bixby Voice Forever’ (Samsung) and ‘The Real Kashmir’ (Adidas).
Dentsu Webchutney has a nomination in this category too. This shortlist comes for ‘URI: The Surgical Strike’. Leo Burnett (#StopMithani – HDFC Bank), Lowe Lintas (Stories from the station – Google) and Ogilvy (The Shower – HUL) are also in the running.
Social and Influencer Lions
Dentsu Webchutney’s ‘Voice of Hunger’ for Swiggy has four shortlists in this category too.