When the time comes, I will be the first one to hang up my boots: Yuvraj Singh

When the time comes, I will be the first one to hang up my boots: Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj also said that Rishabh Pant, who scored unbeaten 78 off 27 balls, shall be groomed well.

Updated: March 25, 2019 10:44 AM IST | Edited By: CricketCountry Staff

While his first half-century in the Indian T20 League since 2017 did not help his team, Mumbai, cross the finish line against Delhi on Sunday, Yuvraj Singh set the record straight, saying, he is not thinking about the retirement yet. (ALSO READ: Scintillating Rishabh Pant hands Delhi 37-run win over Mumbai)

The left-hander, who had played a pivotal role in India s 2007 ICC World T20 and 2011 ICC World Cup triumphs, has not been enjoying a good run of form in recent times.

However, playing for Rohit Sharma-led franchise, he scored 53 runs off 35 balls in the team s opening game of this season.

Yuvraj, who last played for India in June 2017 when the team toured West Indies, made it clear that till the time he enjoys the game, he will continue playing. (ALSO READ: Opening weekend recap: Pant and Russell sizzle, Bangalore fizzle)

"When the time comes, I will be the first one to hang up my boots. I spoke to Sachin (Tendulkar) as well and he has gone through such a time at 38-39. Talking to him makes things easier for me, said Yuvraj during the post-match press conference.

In the last two years, I have been up and down. I started playing cricket because I enjoyed the game and then I was not playing for Indian. It was U-14, U-16, so till the time I enjoy, I will play, he added. (ALSO READ: Bumrah has 'recovered well' after hurting shoulder, says MI team management)

Mumbai, who had clinched the title thrice - 2013, 2015 and 2017, lost their opening game of the season by 37 runs after failing to surpass Delhi's 213-run total. Yuvraj said that losing early wickets in the chase did not help Mumbai.

"Losing Rohit (Sharma) early (was one of the reasons). (Quinton) de kock was doing well but we lost his wicket. (Kieron) Pollard came and quickly lost his wicket. We really couldn't get partnerships going. Had we got 20-30 (run) partnerships, we could have got more close to the game. The wicket was more of 180-190 run wicket, 213 was quite a match-winning score and Delhi has got really good bowling," said Yuvraj. (ALSO READ: I am glad to bat anywhere the team wants me to: Pant)

While Yuvraj scored a fifty, it was another left-hander from the opposition camp, Rishabh Pant, who stole the show with his unbeaten 78 off 27 balls. The 21-year-old took the Mumbai bowling attack apart, hitting 7 sixes and as many fours to power Delhi to a 213-run total.

Lauding Pant, Yuvraj said that the left-hander must be groomed for the future.

"I can't say about selection but Rishabh was outstanding today. He had an outstanding season last year. He is playing well in Test matches as well. To score (two hundreds in Tests) overseas at such an age shows his character. It is important we groom him well and hope he is the next big thing for us," concluded Yuvraj.