At the press conference to announce the end of his 19-year old career, Yuvraj said he was offered a farewell game if he failed the Yo-Yo test in December 2017.
"While winning the title for India in the 2011 World Cup remains to be his highest point in his career, it was followed by a tough and life-changing phase for him and me." recalls Yuvraj's mother, Shabnam Singh.
That said, he does want to try his luck in T20 - and perhaps even T10 - leagues beyond India's shores. As a mother, you are always concerned about your child's health and the first month in the United States of America was also the toughest for me. I told them I don't need the game, if I don't pass the Yo-Yo test, I'll go home quietly. I would also like to thank National team coaches, various IPL team owners and staff, ground staff and anyone and everyone who helped me focus on my cricket by taking care of other things around it.
He played a key role in India's World T20 triumph in 2007 and was player-of-the-tournament - scoring four fifties and a century - when India won the 50-over World Cup in 2011.
"My life has been like a roller coaster ride".
After the World Cup, he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy in Boston and Indianapolis. All this happened so quickly, and that too when I was [at] the peak of my career. In the words of Sachin Tendulkar, he was a player who mattered when it mattered most.
He suffered a new blow when India reached the World T20 final against Sri Lanka in 2014 and he was later dropped from the one-day side after playing poorly. And I was written off by everyone to an extent that made me feel at times that it was all over. He said this shattered him and he needed some time to recover from the jolt and rediscover why he played cricket. You made memories on the field and off which we as Indian fans shall always cherish.
"When Yuvraj made his debut for India in Kenya, I was scared and anxious".
"I scored 11 off 21 balls". Meanwhile, the Indian cricketing great will continue to play domestically in the national leagues.
Trust me I never stopped believing in myself, no matter what the world said.
He scored 1,900 runs in the longest format of the game with three hundreds and 11 half-centuries.