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The biggest irony about Yuvraj Singh's career is that despite his achievements - and there have been a lot of them - the announcement of his retirement from world cricket and IPL leaves many enthusiasts with a sense that he never reasonably lived up to his super possible.

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He first burst directly to the scene with a blinding 84 in opposition to Australia as an 18-year-old. In the years that followed, Yuvraj had spectacular successes and common screw ups, battled emotional demons and cancer, was once time and again dropped and made a large number of comebacks. But something remained constant.

In the words of Sachin Tendulkar, he was once a player who mattered when it mattered most. Be it the inaugural World T20, or the 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj was once a matchwinner who could walk into any dream Indian ODI XI.

In a merciless twist, Yuvi's very best and lowest points just about coincided. He played the 2011 World Cup with his frame troubled with cancer.

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