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Yuvraj Singh scored 84 runs in his maiden innings - against Australia

Yuvraj Singh's name is synonymous with his blinding brilliance against England at Lord's in the 2002 NatWest Trophy final where his 63-ball 69 helped India script a heist to post a come-from-behind win. The entire nation was spellbound by the left-hander's ability to twin timing and power and crack huge sixes. He could also lift his side with athletic fielding and part-time spin bowling.

After paddling through a professional career spanning over two decades, the southpaw announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. We at Cricbuzz take a jog down the memory lane to pick out some of Yuvraj's finest moments from a chest full of impressive performances.

84 versus Australia - Nairobi - 2000

The exciting batsman had made his ODI debut in the ICC Knockout tournament against Kenya in 2000 on the back of a huge reputation of amassing massive scores in domestic cricket. He had cracked a monstrous 358 for Punjab Under 19s in the much-talked-about Cooch Behar trophy final of 1999-00. In the Under-19 World Cup that followed, he had explored all corners of the ground in the semifinal against an Australian attack comprising Mitchell Johnson, Paul Rofe, Shane Watson and Nathan Hauritz.

So when he walked out to take strike in his second ODI versus Australia in Nairobi, a cricket crazy nation waited with bated breath for the promising batsman to deliver. And Yuvraj didn't disappoint as he took on the likes of Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee to compile a game-changing hand. One of the highlights of his knock was the punchy-drive off McGrath to reach his fifty. He followed it up with a glorious cover drive off Gillespie and a sumptuous loft while facing Ian Harvey. To make it an even better day, the southpaw also ran out Michael Bevan as India usurped the World Champions by 20 runs.

69 versus England - Lord's 2002

His moment in the sun arrived in the final of the NatWest Trophy at the home of cricket, Lord's. After England had mounted a sizeable 325 for 5, India were in a spot of bother at 146 for 5. With the Asian nation in dire need of a partnership of substance, Yuvraj and Mohammad Kaif stitched a 121-run stand to engineer India's come-from-behind victory. The highlight of his innings was perhaps the sublime drive off Andrew Flintoff that tailored the gap through covers and thudded into the fence. He also savagely slog-swept Ashley Giles to take India past the 200-run mark. Eventually, India posted a thrilling two-wicket victory, with both Yuvraj and Kaif playing pivotal roles.

Athletic fielding - versus South Africa - ICC Champions Trophy - 2002

In the same year, he showcased his skills with his wonderful piece of fielding in the semifinal versus South Africa in Colombo. With South Africa in pursuit of 262, Yuvraj dived full length to pluck a sharp catch and send the dangerous Graeme Smith back to the hut. The way he nonchalantly threw the ball in the air to celebrate the wicket capsulised his unhurried swagger. He also grabbed another stunner to dismiss Jonty Rhodes with South Africa needing less than 70 runs to turn the game on its head.

Six sixes - Versus England - T20 WC 2007

Yuvraj rose to dizzying heights in the inaugural T20 WC in 2007 by launching the England mainstay Broad for six sixes in the furnace of Durban. In the 18th over of the innings, he had an altercation with the England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff. The middle order batsman took his ire on Broad in the next over to send shock waves through the England camp. The first of the sixes was tonked over midwicket. The second was flicked with panache behind square. The third one was easily lifted over extra cover. The fourth was carved via point.

Paul Collingwood, the then England skipper, tried to calm down the nerves of Broad but that couldn't help matters. Unfortunately for England, Yuvraj crunched two more shots over the stands, including one through midwicket. Broad could only watch all those sixes sail into the stands with his fingers on his lips in sheer bewilderment. Yuvraj and his batting partner, MS Dhoni, celebrated the mark with high fives as the southpaw soaked in a round of applause from the delirious crowd.

Two wickets and fifty - versus Australia - 2011 World Cup

Yuvraj took his game to elevated levels in the 2011 World Cup, ending up with 362 runs and 15 scalps during the course of the tournament. In the crucial quarterfinal game versus Australia in Ahmedabad, he gave a glimpse of his utility to the side with two scalps and a half-century under pressure. When he made room and flayed Brett Lee through covers to script India's famous win, an elated Yuvraj let out a roar and swung his bat wildly in celebration. He also got a warm hug from his partner-in-crime at the other end, Suresh Raina.

Yuvraj didn't exactly make his mark in the longest format of the game, but one of his better performances in the traditional format was his almost run-a-ball 112 against a Pakistan attack comprising Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami and Umar Gul in 2004. He also made an impact in the Indian Premier League, finishing with 2750 runs and 36 scalps. One of the highlights of his IPL career was his 83 off just 38 balls for RCB against RR in 2014. The left-handed batsman swept and lofted his way to ensure his side closed in on the 200-run mark. He would also be remembered for his hat-trick against RCB in the 2009 IPL played in South Africa.

As Yuvraj walks into retirement life, he would go into the folklore of Indian cricket as one of the finest limited overs cricketers. Outside of cricket, he also would inspire generations to come with how he erased the fine lines of being diagnosed with a stage-1 cancerous tumour in his left lung to come out a true winner.

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