Exclusive interview: No post-retirement blues for Yuvraj Singh as former India man relishes 'relaxed' tune

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With nearly 12,000 international runs to his name and a handful of important wickets, Yuvraj Singh has been one of the best limited-overs match-winners to don the India jersey.

The stylish left-hander had made some massive contributions for India over the course of a 17-year international career which began all the way back in 2000. It is not a stretch to say that Yuvraj has been the protagonist of some of India’s biggest victories, with the Chandigarh-born all-rounder starring in the team’s run towards the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup titles.

After formally announcing his retirement from international cricket last year, Yuvraj has undertaken stints in franchise cricket with his most recent appearance coming in the Abu Dhabi T10 League in the UAE.

While he is now far away from the hustle and bustle of international cricket and the IPL, the former India man is relishing his post-retirement life.

“I am just taking some time off and enjoying it,” he told Sport360 on the sidelines of the Expo 2020 Dubai cricket final.

“I played in a couple of leagues outside India recently, especially in Canada (Global T20 Canada). I still keep the same training regime as before to try and keep myself fit.

“I have been playing a lot of tennis actually. So yeah, I am enjoying my time off, spending more time with family and friends. I am also doing some more engagement on the corporate side.

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“I am looking to play in two or three more tournaments this year. Depends on how it goes, but nothing too hectic, would like to relax. But yeah, let us see how that pans out.”

Yuvraj’s remarkable story includes his valiant fight to beat off cancer successfully in 2012 before making a full return to India duties. The former India all-rounder is now aiming to combat cancer and create awareness about the affliction through his foundation Youwecan which was established in 2012.

“I think my foundation has taken a great shape lately, we have been able to do some great work with that,” Yuvraj revealed.

“We have provided scholarships to 150 kids who have come back from cancer. Their parents would have not have been able to generate the funds otherwise for their education.

“So it is a great way to give back to society. We have started to provide treatment and care for below-poverty line underprivileged kids. So yeah, I think the foundation is in a great place in the moment.

“I have also started 15 cricket academies under the name of Yuvraj Singh Centre of Excellence and I have been working with them too. So I do have enough on my plate these days to focus on.”

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