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New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) After 25 years in and around the 22 yards and almost 17 years of international cricket, swashbuckling batsman Yuvraj Singh on Monday announced his retirement from the game and the cricket fraternity took to Twitter to post their tributes to the man who almost single-handedly won India the 2011 World Cup.

Starting off in 2000 in the ICC KnockOut Trophy, he last played a Test for India in 2012 and last featured in a limited-over series in 2017.

The 37-year-old had a dream run in the 2011 World Cup, amassing 362 runs, including one century and four fifties. He also picked up 15 wickets, won four Man-of-the-Match awards besides being named the Player of the Tournament.

In the process, he became the first all-rounder to score 300-plus runs and take 15 wickets in a single edition of the showpiece event.

“Congratulations on a wonderful career playing for the country paji. You gave us so many memories and victories and I wish you the best for life and everything ahead. Absolute champion. @YUVSTRONG12,” India skipper Virat Kohli tweeted.

Yuvraj’s former teammate, Mohammad Kaif, who played a key role in India’s historic victory in the 2002 NatWest Trophy along with Yuvraj, said: “One of the greatest match-winners in the history of the game, a fighter who built an extraordinary career through difficult challenges & came out a winner every time – We all are so proud of you #YuvrajSingh, u can be very proud of what u have you done for our country @YUVSTRONG12.”

Posting a photo of the two holding the World Cup trophy in 2011, Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, “What a fantastic career you have had Yuvi. You have come out as a true champ everytime the team needed you. The fight you put up through all the ups & downs on & off the field is just amazing. Best of luck for your 2nd innings & thanks for all that you have done for Indian Cricket.”

“Players will come and go, but players like @YUVSTRONG12 are very rare to find. Gone through many difficult times but thrashed disease, thrashed bowlers & won hearts. Inspired so many people with his fight & will-power. Wish you the best in life, Yuvi #YuvrajSingh. Best wishes always,” former India opener Virender Sehwag tweeted.

V.V.S. Laxman also remebered Yuvraj’s notable contribution to Indian cricket and tweeted: “It’s been an absolute pleasure playing with Yuvi. You will go down as one of the greatest players in the history of the game. You have been an inspiration to us with your resilience, determination & above all the love & passion you showed towards the game. Good luck @YUVSTRONG12.”

“End of an era! Yuvi pa, ur ability with the bat, the glorious 6s, the impeccable catches & the good times we’ve had, will be missed beyond years. The class & grit u brought to the field will be an inspiration forever. Thank u, @YUVSTRONG12 Have an equally remarkable 2nd innings!,” Suresh Raina tweeted.

England’s Stuart Broad, who was at the receiving end of Yuvraj’s six sixes in the 2007 World T20, also paid tribute to the southpaw. “Enjoy retirement legend,” said Broad and posted a photo of the pair shaking hands after that fateful match on his Instagram account.

Broad’s former teammate Kevin Pietersen reiterated the “pie-chucker” label that he had put on Yuvraj during the peak of the pair’s rivalry in 2008. “Happy retirement, Pie Chucker. A quite remarkable career with plenty highs and some pretty brutal lows. You showed resilience, courage & pure brilliance throughout your time wearing blue! Love ya, @YUVSTRONG12!” Pieteren tweeted.

Jasprit Bumrah, who shared the Mumbai Indians’ dressing room with Yuvraj in this year’s Indian Premier League, tweeted, “You’ve been a constant source of support and inspiration with countless memories and countless hearts won. Congratulations on your glorious career and all the best Yuvi paa! @YUVSTRONG12.”

Harbhajan Singh, who won the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup with Yuvraj, tweeted, “My Warrior Prince – A true fighter on and off the field.. your stories will forever live on.. love always brother @YUVSTRONG12 #sixerking #Brother #Legend.”

Ishant Sharma tweeted, “Yuvi paji! I still remember when I played my 2nd test match against Pakistan in Bangalore and u were there I was quietly sitting in a corner as I was youngster, so you approached me and said – tension na le enjoy the journey of test cricket! All the best for future!! @YUVSTRONG12.”

Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal also extended his best wishes to Yuvraj. “@YUVSTRONG12 one of the best talented player produced by India.it was an absolute pleasure playing VS him and always enjoyed his company off the field.Wish you all the very best brother for future,” he tweeted.

Vinod Kambli shared a 40-run stand with a 19-year-old Yuvraj Singh when the latter scored 84 in his ODI debut against Australia in 2000.

“Your 1st innings in Intl cricket was along side me & to have seen you grow into one of India’s finest ever players was just amazing. Your career is an example for every young kid and I wish everyone looks up to you for inspiration. Best wishes for your life ahead, @YUVSTRONG12,” Kambli tweeted.

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Ranji Trophy: Manoj Tiwary shines with maiden triple ton

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New Delhi, Jan 20 : Manoj Tiwary’s scintillating knock of 303 guided Bengal to post 635/7 against Hyderabad before reducing the visitors to 83/5 in a Round 6 Ranji Trophy tie at the Bengal Cricket Academy Ground here on Monday.

Apart from Tiwary, Shreevats Goswami chipped in with 95 runs before the hosts rode Akash Deep’s 3/46 to put Hyderabad on the back foot.

Meanwhile, after wrapping up Delhi for 163 runs, Vidarbha were 35 for no loss at the end of the day.

On the other side, ace India spinner Ravichnadran Ashwin picked up three wickets as Tamil Nadu came up with a commanding performance to beat Railways by an innings and 64 runs.

Resuming at 236/4, Tamil Nadu suffered an early jolt but managed to finish with a massive 154-run first innings lead. The Railway batsmen were shot out in 36.4 overs as R Sai Kishore (5/16) and Ashwin (3/36) dismantled their batting.

Jlaj Saxena picked up three wickets on the second day as Kerala’s bowlers put up an impressive show to bundle out Rajasthan for 268 in 32 overs on the second day. However Shubham Sharma picked up six wickets for Rajasthan as they too wrapped up their opposition for 82 runs, to win by an innings and 96 runs.

Upendra Yadav slammed an unbeaten 203 as UP declared at 625/8 against Mumbai. Mumbai were then reduced to 2/20 with Shashank Attarde (9) and Jay Bista (3) dismissed by Ankit Rajpoot.

Resuming at 295/8, Sheldon Jackson with Jaydev Unadkat took Saurashtra to 344. Jackson added 43 runs from his end before being the last man to be dismissed.

Madhya Pradesh batters then struggled and lost wickets at regular intervals before Yash Dubey (50 not out) and Venkatesh Iyer (50 not out) repaired the damage to help their side reach 183/5 at the close of play.

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Bengaluru ODI: Smith ton takes Australia to 286/9 vs India

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Bengaluru, Steve Smith slammed a magnificent century as Australia put up 286/9 in 50 overs against India in the third and series-deciding final one day international here on Sunday.

Former captain Smith brought up his ninth 100 in 117 balls, third against India and got out on 131 from 132 deliveries as he tried to change gears and was caught at deep midwicket by Shyreyas Iyer off Mohammed Shami who was India’s best bowler.

Smith had hit 14 fours and a six in his innings. Despite restricting Australia to a score below 300 on what is generally a batsman-friendly track in Bengaluru, India had given away as many as 27 extras.

Shami (4/63) came back for his second spell in the end and picked up four wickets to shave off Australia’s tail and rein in on their scoring to not allow them to get to 300. Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah was brilliant too although he went wicketless, giving away just 38 runs in 10 overs.

Besides Smith, fast-rising Marnus Labuschagne notched up his maiden ODI fifty as he scored 54 from 64 balls (5×4).

Smith and Labuschagne shared a 127-run stand for the third wicket which formed the visitors’ bedrock after electing to bat first.

India were dealt a blow early on as senior opener Shikhar Dhawan had to go for an x-ray with a call on whether he will take any further part to be taken once he is assessed.

Dhawan was taken off the field after he hurt his left shoulder in the series-deciding tie after he dived to save an Aaron Finch shot in the cover region before hurting his left shoulder in the fifth over.

India made early inroads as Mohammed Shami found David Warner’s outside edge to wicketkeeper K.L. Rahul who was played ahead of fit-again Rishabh Pant. Warner was gone for just three with his captain Finch (19) following suit soon, albeit in frustrating manner as he was run out due to indecision on Smith’s part while taking a single in the 9th over.

A livid Finch stormed out of the ground with the visitors in a spot of bother at 46/2. But as has been the case so often of late in Test cricket, Smith and Labuschagne joined hands to bring the team on track.

Similar in their playing style, the pair used square of the wicket a lot to score runs and punished the bad ball although Labuschagne was lucky not to get run out after Kuldeep Yadav failed to collect a Yuzvendra Chahal throw from the deep.

Smith got to 53 in 63 balls as he looked as consistent as ever with Labuschagne also notching up his maiden half century in 50-over cricket as he got to 53 in 60 deliveries.

It took a breathtaking catch from Indian captain Virat Kohli to break the stand as Labuschagne looked to accelerate in the 32nd over. The 25-year old played an inside out drive off Ravindra Jadeja which Kohli plucked inches off the grass diving low to his right.

Mitchell Starc was sent to bat at No.5 in a bid to up the ante and score briskly, but the experiment failed as Jadeja had him caught at deep mid-wicket fence by substitute Chahal to complete a two-wicket maiden 32nd over.

Alex Carey (35) and Smith associated for a quickfire 58-run partnership before Kuldeep got a timely breakthrough as Carey holed out to Shreyas Iyer at deep cover.

Bumrah followed it up with a near-perfect 43rd over, just conceding one run off the final delivery as Ashton Turner huffed and puffed at the crease.

Smith brought up his hundred by running a Navdeep Saini delivery down to third man but his celebration said it all as the Aussies fell behind in their run-scoring with Turner struggling to eventually get out caught behind in the same over.

Shami then removed Smith, Pat Cummins (0) and Adam Zampa (1) with toe-crushing yorkers as India ended on a high. Ashton Agar was not out on 11.

Australia made one change to the side, bringing in Josh Hazlewood for Kane Richardson while India named the same team.

Brief scores: Australia 286/9 in 50 overs (Steve Smith 131, Marnus Labuschagne 54; Mohammed Shami 4/63) vs India.

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Tata Steel Chess: Anand draws with Jorden van Foreest

It was the 18th straight draw between him and Fabiano Caruana of the United States in the Classical time control.

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Wijk Aan Zee (The Netherlands), Jan 18 : Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand was on Saturday held to a draw by Dutch Jorden Van Foreest in the sixth round of Tata Steel Masters.

Veteran Anand faced the Four Knights opening in the sixth round as black and unleashed an attack in the centre early by sacrificing two pawns.

Anand tried to make inroads as White’s king was stuck around the centre for a long time and
it was a cautious move by both players especially after white lost back one pawn.

The draw was agreed upon once Anand picked the second pawn.

Anand remained in joint sixth spot after three points from six games.

Anand needs a powerful finish to be in with a chance of finishing on the podium with seven rounds still remaining.

Meanwhile, World champion Magnus Carlsen’s got a sixth draw on the trot as his search for an elusive win continued.

It was the 18th straight draw between him and Fabiano Caruana of the United States in the Classical time control.

Elsewhere, Anish Giri bounced back from his previous round loss to defeat Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus while Daniil Dubov thrashed his Russian compatriot Vladislav Artemiev.

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