10 moments that define match winner Yuvraj Singh
The stylish left-handed Yuvraj Singh is yet to retire from international cricket since he overpowered deadly cancer after his heroic 2011 World Cup. The man of many types of blood rushing moments has failed at 2014 World T20 final at Dhaka since then his selection in Indian team has become unlikely. He played some beautiful knock such as 72 against Australia, 77 against Australia and 60 against Australia in Dhaka in 2014 World T20. In ODIs he was not that good anymore, he played 19 matches after being diagnosed with cancer, he had scored two half centuries and last played for India on December 11, 2013. He was not considered for 2015 World Cup Down Under. This 33-year-old during his 13-year-old cricket career made an enormous contribution to Indian cricket and become a darling of fans. Here are TOP 10 moments that defined Yuvraj Singh.
1.84 vs Australia, first ODI innings
A find of Uunder-19 World Cup 2000, rising left-handed batsman, who can hit the ball with a straight bat. Yuvraj Singh made his debut in the 2000 Champions Trophy against Kenya on October 3, 2000, he did not get a chance to bat as India defeated Kenya by eight wickets. In the next match against Australia Yuvraj Sigh made his batting debut, he rose to the occasion and scored a match defining 84 off 80 balls, the highest score in the match. India defeated Australia by 20 runs. Yuvraj battered those great bowlers who were part of invincible Australia- Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie. This match was the born of match winner Yuvraj Singh.
2. 69 at Lord’s, NatWest ODI final
The final between England versus India changed the course of ODI history. England batting first scored 325 with the help of Marcus Trescothick and Nasser Hussain hundreds. Nobody expects something explosive is waiting at the Lords’, defeat was imminent for India. However, India started the chase very well as the captain Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag started driving the ball to the boundary with ease. They had a 106 partnership in 15 over before Alex Tudor clean bowled Ganguly for 60. As the captain had gone, India’s suffered a big collapse as Sehwag, Dinesh Mongia, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid was sent back to the dressing room. None of the ardent Indian fans expected India would win the match. Ashley Giles bamboozled Sachin Tendulkar in the 24th over, India’s hope dashed. England was coming hard to clean up the remaining five batsmen.
But,34 matches old Yuvraj Singh was in good form, he denied England bowler with his U 19 World Cup winning captain young batsman Mohammed Kaif. Both started building Indian innings once again were taking breathtaking singles, and driving the ball for the boundary in each over. Yuvraj drove nine boundaries and one six on the way to his match winning 69 and a brilliant 146 runs partnership with Kaif, that snatched the match from the jaws of defeat. India won the match by two wickets. Mohammed Kaif scored unbeaten 87. Kaif innings could go in vain if he did not get much-needed assistance from match winner Yuvraj Singh.
3. 1st ODI ton
Bangladesh was playing India at their home. Though, cricket was an uncertain game the result was predictable, even before the match as Bangladesh’s win against mighty India was unlikely to happen. Yes, the prediction was right as Khaled Mahmud led Bangladesh were a pathetic cricket, team. India defeated Bangladesh by 200 runs. But, it was young star Yuvraj Singh, who proved his class already, but could not score a 100. He was very close against Sri Lanka at Colombo, but he got out with two runs short. But, this time against shaky Bangladesh bowling, he notched up first ODI hundred. Young man acknowledged the dressing room full of legends like Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly who joined their hands to praise him.
4. 2nd ODI ton
In the year 2003/2004 Sourav Ganguly led India were playing a tri-nation series. India was playing Australia in Sydney in one of the matches. India lost the match by 2 wickets, but it was Yuvraj Singh 139 off 143 balls grabbed all attention. Yuvraj Singh at no. 5 built a 211 runs partnership with another centurion VVS Laxman. Yuvraj made hapless Brett Lee for three boundaries in an over, did not bother to pull Jason Gillespie for four that was the aggression of Yuvraj on the field. His pull to Gillespie, straight drive to Andy Bichel and cover drive to Brett Lee had entertained the Indian fans at the Sydney stands.
5. Six Sixes off Stuart Broad at World T20 2007
It was inaugural World T20 2007 in South Africa. India was playing group “E” match against England at Durban. Till 17th over of the match India innings was looked could reach 180. But, as Uthappa has gone, Yuvraj Singh showed a not a man like batting, he hit six sixes off Stuart Broad to script the history of the fastest fifty in any format of cricket and second six sixes in an over in international and first in T20 cricket. It was a nightmare day for young Stuart Broad. Finally, Flintoff, who sledged Yuvraj before the start of the Broad, sent back him in the dressing room. But, the job was done as India reached 218, but, won the match by only 18 runs. Just imagine what could have happened if Yuvraj did not score a 50 off 12 balls.
6. 2007 World T20 semifinal
In the next T20 match at the Durban was World T20 semi-final against Australia. India batting first got a good start from Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag but lost two quick wickets. Robin Uthappa and captain MS Dhoni led India to 125 in 15 over. Uthappa was run out by Andrew Symonds. But, the match had gone out of hand for Australia, when Yuvraj Singh created a storm by hitting five sixes and five fours on the way to his 70 off 38 balls. India put heavy 188 run total on board. Australia fell 15 run short as a result India reached final as the first team of the World T20. And, finally, they won it beating arch-rival Pakistan.
7. Twin ODI tons against England
In the year 2008, England was touring India. Yuvraj Singh has become a headache to English bowler as the left-hander was probably in the best form of his career. His blitzkrieg batting made England bowlers a little puppet. Andy Flintoff, Stuart Broad, James Anderson were made to look pale by Yuvraj as he was parking their deliveries in the stands on the way to his unbeaten 138 in the first ODI of the series at Rajkot, where India scored mammoth 387 and won the match by 158 runs. In the second match in Indore, Yuvraj carried a struggling India to 292. Yuvraj scored 118, India won the match by 54 runs.
8. 112 off 129 balls at Lahore
The historic series, when India were touring Pakistan after 14 years of gap, India clinched both ODI and Test series 3-2 and 2-1 respectively. India after winning the ODI series, were playing three-match Test series. First Test at Multan was a show of Virender Sehwag as the Indian opener scored 309. But, in the second match Pakistan came back strongly. India batting first Gaddafi stadium, Lahore were rattled by Umar Gul. But, Yuvraj Singh showed his character. It was the fourth Test of his career, Yuvraj did not bother to hit Pakistan bowlers. When batsmen like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag failed to confront Umar Gul, Yuvraj Singh notched up his first Test hundred. His century had gone in vain as Pakistan defeated India by 9 wickets.
9. 169 against Pakistan in Bangalore
India was playing Pakistan at their home in 2007. It was the third and final Test of the series, Pakistan were trailing by 1 win. India batting first in Bangalore, the farewell match of Sourav Ganguly, lost four quick wickets. It was the timely 300 runs partnership between Yuvraj Singh and Sourav Ganguly changed the course of the match. Sourav Ganguly scored 239, his best in Test and Yuvraj scored 169, his best in Test. Yuvraj was a stop gap player in Test cricket. The match was drawn. Yuvraj played the match in place of Sachin Tendulkar. Yuvraj played only 40 tests in his career.
10. Man of the series in 2011 World Cup
Yuvraj has already built his image as a batsman who can win the match singlehandedly. This time in 2011 World Cup at home he produced all-round performance for India. He scored four fifty and one hundred in historic World Cup that India won after 28 years. With the ball in hand, he took 16 wickets. Yuvraj performance won him the coveted Man of Series award.