The semi-final between India and Bangladesh in Birmingham will carry a little more excitement, as Yuvraj Singh will play his 300th ODI.
He will be the fifth Indian cricketer – and the 19th overall – to reach the landmark. Sachin Tendulkar leads the list with 463 ODI appearances, followed by Rahul Dravid (340). Mohammad Azharuddin (334) and Sourav Ganguly (308).
Yuvraj has been a part of several successful India’s campaigns at ICC events, topmost of which was his star all round run during the 2011 World Cup. In his debut series, he was a crucial member of the Indian team that reached the final of the ICC KnockOut in Nairobi, and three years later he was also part of the team that reached the World Cup final.
Earlier this year, against England in January, Yuvraj scored his first ODI century since the 2011 World Cup when he smashed a career-best 150 off 127 balls. That series forced his inclusion in India’s squad for the ongoing Champions Trophy, and in the team’s first match against Pakistan, he was the Man of the Match for a game-changing 53 off 32 balls.
Scores of seven and 23 not out followed against Sri Lanka and South Africa, the latter taking India into the semi-finals and setting up Thursday’s clash with Bangladesh is nicely for the man who now stands on the brink of an another ODI milestone.
Yuvraj has seen tough times in life suffering from cancer and still gets proud that he is a fighter and has inspired lives. He recently tweeted saying how proud people and his parents would be to see him come this far.
“300th game ! I’m sure my parents ,gurus,friends and well wishers will be proud of me today how far I have come with my battles in life” he wrote.
300th game ! I'm sure my parents ,gurus,friends and well wishers will be proud of me today how far I have come with my battles in life 🙏👊🏽
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 14, 2017
Next in line for 300 ODIs is former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, for whom this will be his 290th ODI.