Explosive India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has given bowlers the world over nightmares in a magnificent career.

There would be more than a few who breathed a sigh of relief when the 37-year-old retired from international cricket on Monday.

Yuvraj has also decided to call time on his participation in the Indian Premier League, stating that he wants to "have some fun" playing without so much pressure on his shoulders.

We look back at some of the highlights of the clean-striking left-hander's career, which he resumed at the highest level after bravely winning a battle with cancer.

 

Maiden Test ton against Pakistan

Yuvraj scored a maiden Test century in only his third appearance in the longest format.

What made his brilliant knock of 112 extra special was that it came against fierce rivals Pakistan in Lahore back in April 2004.

He struck two sixes and 15 fours against an attack that was spearheaded by Shoaib Akhtar and although Pakistan won by nine wickets, Yuvraj had certainly announced himself on the Test stage.

 

Six sixes in an over en route to World T20 triumph

There will be no bowler with worse memories of charging in at Yuvraj than Stuart Broad.

The England paceman was hit for six sixes in an over by the India star at Kingsmead in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa 12 years ago.

Yuvraj brought up a brutal half-century in only 12 balls - a T20 international record that still stands - and India went on to win the title by beating Pakistan.

 

Inspires World Cup triumph on home soil

There was more international glory for India in 2011, thanks in no small part to Yuvraj.

He was named man of the tournament after inspiring a World Cup triumph in a showpiece that was stage in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The Chandigarh native made a hundred against West Indies, four half-centuries and took 15 wickets, picking up four man-of-the-match awards in a tournament India won by beating Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai.

 

Beats cancer to make 'emotional' India return

Yuvraj was diagnosed with cancer in the same year that he lifted the World Cup on home soil.

He completed three rounds of chemotherapy in the United States in 2012 and incredibly made an international comeback later in the year.

Yuvraj raced to a typically brisk 34 in a T20 encounter with New Zealand in September and described his return as "a big emotional moment".

 

Career-best demolition of England silences critics

Yuvraj's place in the India ODI side had been called into question before he silenced his critics with a vintage innings against England in Cuttack in 2017.

He smashed 150 from 127 deliveries, a career-best in the 50-over format, and MS Dhoni also cut loose as India racked up 381-6 and went on to win by 15 runs.

Yuvraj rolled back the years with an exhilarating masterclass, hitting three sixes and 21 fours.

Ottis Gibson has no qualms about being tipped to replace England coach Trevor Bayliss, particularly given his contract with South Africa is to expire later this year.

Bayliss will leave his role with England when his deal comes to an end in September, having been in charge of the Test, ODI and Twenty20 teams for the past four years.

Gibson, who has twice been part of England's set up as a bowling coach, has been mentioned as a potential replacement – rumours he has no problems with.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the Proteas coach said: "My contract is up in September.

"I'm happy to be linked with any job, because after that I might not have a job.

"I enjoyed both my stints with England. I know a lot of the guys in the dressing room.

"The way they are playing at the moment, I was very much involved in that for the first two years and they have gone on [in the] two years since I left."

When Gibson – whose South Africa side face Bayliss' men in Thursday's Cricket World Cup opener at The Oval – was asked if he would enjoy working in England again, he replied: "I've been living in England for over 20 years, so that's the answer."

Peter Fulton will replace Craig McMillan as New Zealand's batting coach after the Cricket World Cup.

Fulton, who played 84 internationals for New Zealand, will take over in July after McMillan announced in February he would be stepping down.

Black Caps head coach Gary Stead was delighted with the appointment of Fulton, a former top-order batsman.

"We're delighted to have Pete come on board after the World Cup and are confident he will be a good fit for our environment," he said in a statement.

"We had a thorough process and utilised our senior players to help assess all the candidates.

"Pete obviously has a good understanding of batting, but he also demonstrated a clear vision for helping our elite batsmen.

"He's shown he has the coaching skills through his work with the New Zealand Under-19s and our winter training squads, while we know from his playing days that he will certainly add to our team culture."

Alex Hales returned to action for Nottinghamshire with a solid knock of 36 against Northamptonshire in the One-Day Cup on Monday.

England opener Hales was cut from his country's Cricket World Cup squad after serving a suspension for what his spokesperson described as an "off-field incident".

Notts said Hales had fallen "way short" of the behaviour expected of him, while England captain Eoin Morgan explained his deselection had come as a result of a "complete breakdown in trust".

But his absence from the England team means the batsman is available for county action and he was expected to face Durham last week before the match was rained off.

Hales instead came back against Northamptonshire and made 36 from 43 - including six boundaries - until he was bowled by Luke Procter, leaving Notts on 74-4 chasing 326.

Eoin Morgan's unbeaten half-century sealed a seven-wicket victory for England after Jofra Archer impressed with the ball on his Twenty20 International debut against Pakistan.

A third-wicket stand of 103 between Babar Azam (65 off 42 balls) and Haris Sohail (50 from 36) enabled Pakistan to post 173-6 in the one-off T20 in Cardiff on Sunday.

All-rounder Archer took 2-29 from his four overs and also ran Azam out two days after making his one-day International bow in the win over Ireland. 

Captain Morgan saw his side home with four balls to spare by hitting Faheem Ashraf for his third six, finishing not out on 57 from just 29 deliveries. 

Joe Root (47) and James Vince (36) also contributed as England warmed up for the ODI series – which starts on Wednesday – against the same opponents with a victory.

Tom Curran made a key impact with bat and ball against Ireland and struck in his first over two days later, Morgan taking a fine one-handed catch to remove Fakhar Zaman.

Archer took a wicket with his fifth ball in T20 international cricket, doing fellow debutant Imam-ul-Haq for pace with a short delivery which the opener gloved through to Ben Foakes.

David Willey avoided what could have been a serious injury when his foot went through the lid of an underground storage space as he ran into bowl as Sohail and Azam set about putting Pakistan on their way to a challenging total.

Azam used his feet superbly to come down the track and dispatch Adil Rashid for six down the ground and welcomed Joe Denly's introduction with back-to-back sixes over midwicket before reaching his half-century off 31 balls. 

Sohail had a 50 of his own from 34 deliveries, striking a six and another five boundaries before holing out off Archer, who ran Azam out with a direct hit two balls later in the 16th over.

England were 48-1 at the end of the opening powerplay with Ben Duckett – another debutant – falling cheaply and Vince looked in great touch before he was adjudged caught behind down the leg side off Imad Wasim.

Root mixed up improvised strokes – including a reverse scoop for four – with textbook drives, but fell three short of a deserved half-century.

Morgan showed great timing and power as he kept England well on course for victory with support from Denly (20no) and lofted Ashraf over his head to win it in the final over.

Sussex opening batsman Phil Salt has been drafted into the England squad for Sunday's Twenty20 against Pakistan in Cardiff after Dawid Malan withdrew through injury.

The uncapped Salt, 22, has been rewarded for his fine form in last year's T20 Blast, when he scored 355 runs during Sussex's run to the final, while he also made his maiden List A century in the One-Day Cup last month.

Salt, who has only played in 35 T20s, joins Sussex team-mates Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan in England's 13-man squad.

Malan will not be available for the one-off T20 against Pakistan having sustained a groin injury in the four-wicket ODI win over Ireland on Friday.

Alex Hales could return to action as soon as Friday with Nottinghamshire following "honest and constructive" meetings after he was axed from the England squad.

The opening batsman was withdrawn from England's preliminary Cricket World Cup selection this week amid reports he had been suspended for 21 days for what his spokesperson described as an "off-field incident".

With the 30-year-old not now in international action, he will be available to play for his county, although Notts made it clear in a statement on Wednesday that they are not happy with the player's behaviour.

Hales could feature this week against Durham while his England colleagues face Ireland in a one-day international.

A Notts statement read: "The recent events in relation to Alex Hales have been difficult for everyone involved with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.

"Alex's off-field actions have, at times, fallen way short of the behaviours the club expects from any of its staff.

"Following his withdrawal from all England squads this week, we have met with Alex to express our concerns and to reiterate that such actions cannot continue.

"The meeting was open, honest and constructive and a way forward was agreed between both parties. Alex has expressed a great deal of regret and contrition for his actions and he has ultimately paid a heavy price.

"He accepts that the position he finds himself in is of his own making. He knows he has a long road back to redeem himself in the eyes of many people, but that now has to be his aim.

"After much deliberation, we believe it's in the best interests of all concerned for him to get back to playing cricket for Nottinghamshire as quickly as possible.

"With his suspension now served, he is available for selection for all white-ball cricket for the remainder of the 2019 season, starting with the fixture against Durham on Friday.

"As Alex's county club, we will work with him, the PCA [Professional Cricketers' Association] and the ECB to look after his welfare and to ensure he receives the support and guidance he needs to work through this experience and to prevent any reoccurrences."

Alex Hales is set to miss the Cricket World Cup after he was axed from all England squads ahead of the international season.

The opening batsman was reportedly suspended for 21 days last week for what his spokesman described as an "off-field incident".

Hales was on Monday withdrawn from England's preliminary World Cup squad, as well as the one-day international against Ireland on Friday and the ODI series and T20 against Pakistan.

Director of England Cricket Ashley Giles made the decision "having considered what is in the best interests of the England team" but insisted it did not signal the end of Hales' international career.

He said: "We have thought long and hard about this decision. We have worked hard to create the right environment around the England team and need to consider what is in the best interests of the team, to ensure they are free from any distractions and able to focus on being successful on the pitch.

"I want to make it clear this is not the end of Alex's career as an England player.

"The ECB [England and Wales Cricket Board] and the PCA [Professional Cricketers' Association] will continue to aid Alex and work alongside his county club Nottinghamshire to give him the support he needs, to help him fulfil his potential as a professional cricketer."

Hales, 30, and Ben Stokes were last year given backdated bans and fined by the ECB for their part in an incident outside a nightclub in September 2017.

Pakistan have brought Yasir Shah into their squad for the upcoming Twenty20 and ODI matches against England after Shadab Khan was ruled out with a virus.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Sunday that leg-spinner Shadab would require rest for at least four weeks, with the one-off T20 versus England to take place in Cardiff on May 5 before five ODIs.

It remains to be seen if Shadab will recover in time for the start of the Cricket World Cup, with Pakistan set to get their campaign under way against West Indies on May 31.

Yasir, a like-for-like replacement for Shadab, was not included in Pakistan's 15-man squad announced earlier this week but the PCB, like all participating countries, has until May 23 to make any necessary changes to that World Cup selection.

Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir, not part of the original party, have been added as additional players.

Virat Kohli has become the first player to be crowned the world's leading cricketer for a third successive year by Wisden.

The cricketing almanack annually recognises the top players across all formats of the game, and once again Kohli has been named as the world's best.

During 2018, India captain Kohli scored five Test hundreds and amassed an impressive 1,322 runs – 299 more than any other player.

Across all three formats Kohli scored 2,735 runs, with 1,202 of them coming in ODIs – the 30-year-old averaging 133.55 in the 50-over format.

Smriti Mandhana claimed the women's leading player award, completing a clean sweep for India, while Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan is the top Twenty20 player for a second year in a row.

Meanwhile, Kohli has also been named as one of Wisden's five cricketers of the year, where he is joined by England quartet Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Tammy Beaumont – who scored a 47-ball T20 hundred against South Africa at Taunton in June.

Former Sri Lanka all-rounder Dilhara Lokuhettige has been charged with another three breaches of the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption code.

Lokuhettige was provisionally suspended last November for charges imposed by the ICC on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board [ECB] relating to the T10 Cricket League played in the United Arab Emirates in 2017.

The 38-year-old - who played nine one-day internationals and two Twenty20s for his country - has also been provisionally banned under the ICC code after he was hit with further charges.

Lokuhettige has been charged with a breach of Article 2.1.1, fixing, contriving or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to any agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any international match.

He has also been charged with directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any participant to breach Code Article 2.1.

Failing to disclose to the Anti-Corruption Unit full details of any approaches or invitations received by him to engage in corrupt conduct under the code is the other charge Lokuhettige faces.

Lokuhettige has two weeks from April 3 to respond to the new charges.

 

Dwaine Pretorius justified his promotion up the South African batting order by leading the Proteas to a 45-run victory in the third and final Twenty20 international between the sides.

South Africa had already wrapped up victory in the three-match series but made sure of the whitewash in a closing encounter interrupted by rain.

All-rounder Pretorius came in at three and hit 77 off 42 deliveries, inspiring the home side to 198-2 at the Wanderers, while Reeza Hendricks (66) also impressed.

Pretorius also claimed the first Sri Lankan wicket, before Andile Phehlukwayo dismantled the tourists with career-best figures of 4-24, taking two wickets each side of a downpour that saw the target trimmed to 183 from 17 overs.

The result means South Africa have completed a clean sweep in both the ODI and T20 series.

After Aiden Markram was caught by Lasith Malinga for 15 off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal (1-38) in the sixth over, Sri Lanka struggled to snap a fruitful partnership between Hendricks and Pretorius.

The duo racked up 90 runs before Jeffrey Vandersay (1-35) took out Hendricks' leg stump, although skipper JP Duminy proved a similarly assured presence as he added 34 before the end of the innings.

Pretorius, playing on his home ground, then made the first dent in Sri Lanka's run chase, trapping Dhananjaya de Silva lbw for eight runs.

Niroshan Dickwella (38) followed in the next over after being impressively caught behind off Phehlukwayo, who then dismissed Avishka Fernando (1) leg before three deliveries later.

From there, Sri Lanka's hopes of salvaging a result disappeared at pace, as both Kamindu Mendis (1) and Angelo Perera (15) were caught by David Miller off Junior Dala (2-29) before Thisara Perera (8) was run out by a precise Hendricks throw.

A downpour merely delayed South Africa's march to victory, as the hosts cleaned up the tail within five overs of the restart, with Phehlukwayo and Lutho Sipamla (2-22) taking two wickets apiece to finish the job.

Lasith Malinga intends to retire from cricket after next year's T20 World Cup.

The 35-year-old seamer has enjoyed a superb career for Sri Lanka, standing sixth on their all-time list of Test wicket takers with 101 and behind only Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas in ODIs, having claimed 322 dismissals.

In T20s, he leads the way for his country with 97 wickets, and it is in the shortest format that Malinga intends to make his final bow.

Speaking after defeat to South Africa on Friday, the Sri Lanka T20 captain said: "I don't think I can go on much more.

"After the World Cup, my cricketing career is ending. I want to play T20 World Cup, and then end my career."

Malinga will miss the first six matches of the upcoming Indian Premier League season to ensure he can play in this year's 50-over World Cup in England. Sri Lankan players have been told by selectors they must feature in their domestic Super Provincial One Day Tournament to be considered.

The 2020 T20 World Cup takes place in Australia. Malinga helped Sri Lanka win the tournament in 2014 when they beat India in the final.

Uncapped trio Aiden Markram, Anrich Nortje and Sinethemba Qeshile have been named in South Africa's squad for the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.

In-form opening batsman Markram guided the Proteas to victory over Sri Lanka with an unbeaten 67 at Newlands on Saturday, sealing a 5-0 one-day international whitewash.

Markram could make his debut in the shortest format in Cape Town on Tuesday, while paceman Nortje and 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Qeshile have also been called up.

Qeshile will not be involved in the opening match, but is set to make his bow at Centurion on Friday.

JP Duminy, who this week announced he will end his ODI career after the Cricket World Cup, will captain the side for the second and third matches of the series to give Faf du Plessis a rest.

Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi will also only feature in the first rubber of the three-game series.

 

South Africa squad for the first T20: Faf du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

 

South Africa squad for second and third T20s: JP Duminy (captain), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Sinethemba Qeshile, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

 

Captain Eoin Morgan expressed his pride after England humiliated West Indies by 137 runs to seal a comprehensive Twenty20 series victory Friday.

England embarrassed the Windies, who were bowled out for just 45 – the second-lowest T20 international total – with 49 balls to spare at Warner Park in Basseterre.

Man-of-the-match Sam Billings and Joe Root had rescued England from 32-4 to set West Indies a target of 182-6 in the second T20.

Chris Jordan then took four wickets for just six runs from two overs to condemn the Windies to their lowest T20 total.

"Extremely proud," Morgan said. "We didn't get off to a great start, conditions were completely different to St Lucia but one huge positive today and probably our biggest improvement since then is we've adapted to conditions really well.

"I thought the partnership between Joe and Sam was outstanding, and then Sam kicked on to get us to an above par score. From there, we grabbed the momentum."

Billings produced a star performance after scoring 87 runs from just 47 deliveries – combining with Joe Root (55 off 40) to set the tone for England.

"It was a nice situation, in that I could give myself time and cash in at the end. I tried to play the field and put pressure on the bowlers as much as possible," Billings said. "We knew that with 165-plus we were in the game and luckily we got early wickets. It was a great win. We want to win the series 3-0 now. Cricket is a momentum game and we've got to keep putting in the performances."

England bowler Jordan added via Sky Sports: "It's definitely up there. I was glad I could come in and contribute to the team. We didn't get the best start but Sam and Rooty batted brilliantly to get us to what was an over-par score.

"My rhythm feels really good at the minute. I've done some good work with Shane Bond at Sydney Thunder then continuing it here with Chris Silverwood (England bowling coach). I tried to string together a few days and keep building confidence like that. I'm more than happy that it came off."

It was a forgettable night for the Windies and captain Jason Holder said: "I think it was just one of those games. It's been our worst batting performance of this three-format series so far. We need to regroup and look at a few areas and correct them."

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