New Delhi, Jun 10: Bollywood fraternity on Monday lauded cricketer Yuvraj Singh, on his announcement of retirement from all forms of international cricket, saying he is a true champion who has inspired millions of Indians.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Anupam Kher said,''Dearest @YUVSTRONG12!!! You have inspired millions of Indians all over the world not only as a great cricketer but also as a person whose attitude towards life has been that of a complete WINNER. People like you don’t retire. We will always applaud your strength & courage.''
Anil Kapoor said,''So many memories, victories, World Cup, unforgettable 6 sixes in an over & so much more! @YUVSTRONG12 you are an inspiration to all Indians! Always making India proud! Wishing you all the happiness, luck & success for the future! You will be missed! Thank you for everything!''
Suniel Shetty said,''This day will never happen again cause natural talent like @YUVSTRONG12 will never b born again ... will miss u Yuvi ... thank u''.
Anushka Sharma said,''Thank you for the memories @YUVSTRONG12 . You've been a warrior and inspiration to so many. I wish you the best in the next inning of your life''.
Raveena Tandon said,''Dear @YUVSTRONG12. A heartbreaking brave decision.entertained us with ur brilliant innings always.Made India proud,true son of the soil,won for us,6 sixes,T-20 WC against England,is etched in our minds Best wishes for your future endeavours.#YuvrajSinghretires''.
Varun Dhawan said,''Thank u @YUVSTRONG12 for all the memories and always being a great ambassador of the game #yuvrajsinghretires''.
In a series of tweets, Angad Bedi said,''A tough decision to make.. not easy to hold back your tears. You have seen the highest highs and the lowest lows. Seen you from really close quarters you are and always be my most favorite.. cricketer and a friend. Have a blessed life. Waheguru#yuvrajsingh #YuvrajSinghRetires''.
''Thank you for the service you have done to Indian cricket. A true champion who carried himself with decorum at all times. You made memories on the field and off which we as Indian fans shall always cherish. It’s Time.. #Yuvrajsingh #YuvrajSinghRetires #jerseyno12,'' he said.
''Thank you jersey no 12... what an innings#Yuvrajsingh #YuvrajSinghRetires #itstime,'' Angad added.
Neha Dhupia said,''I would always be asked this question..who are your favourite cricketers n One of the names in my reply would always b ur name @YUVSTRONG12 ...that’s never going to change ..The life n times of @YUVSTRONG12 ...you will always b missed but never forgotten our friend our hero...''
Siddharth said,''Seeing the champion @YUVSTRONG12 announce his retirement makes me feel very old! You are one of the most inspiring, ferocious competitors this great game has ever seen brother. Thank you for all the magic... Get some rest and we wait to see what's next in store from you. Much love''.
Huma Qureshi said,''Thank you so much for all the memories @YUVSTRONG12 you will always be my fave .. love always and all the best for everything that lies ahead my friend''.
The cricketer, who helped India to end a long 28-year wait for the World Cup, smashed six sixes in an over off England's Stuart Broad in the maiden T20 World Cup, helping India to win the T20 championships, his first Test hundred, against Pakistan in Lahore in 2004 and the 2002 NatWest series final, as the four moments which he chose as his best moments in his international career that lasted 17 years (2000-2017).
He was diagnosed with cancer in 2011-12 in America.
He last played for India in ODI and T20 in 2017, while he wore whites for the last time in 2012.
In IPL, in the last edition of the tournament, he played for Mumbai Indians, who won the championships.
During his post cancer life, he endured a four-year lay-off between 2013 and 2017, Yuvraj made another comeback - this time in the home series against England in 2017 in Virat Kohli's first as full-time captain.