Flashback: Yuvraj Singh hit gusty a 78 ball 138 at Rajkot
Yuvraj Singh today scored a breezy 187, but missed out his first Ranji double hundred, at his home ground Punjab Cricket Association Ground, against Gujarat. Meanwhile, India are all set to take on South Africa for the third ODI at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, on the outskirt of Rajkot City. Sunil Gavaskar described the pitch would talk to the batsmen’s way. So, we should member Yuvraj Singh’s innings in old Rajkot Stadium, where the left-handed batsman butchered England bowlers by notching up a 78 ball 138 run innings in 2008.
India scored 387 for 5, the biggest one-day international total on Indian soil before India and Sri Lanka produced 400 runs thriller at this ground. Openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag built 127 run partnership in 20 overs before Yuvraj Singh, stripped of the vice-captaincy because of concerns over his form, hit a 138 from 78 balls with 16 fours and six sixes.
He hit a 64 balls hundred, (the second fifty came from 22 balls)was the fastest against England. His innings was comprised of scientific hitting through the leg side than raw smashing. The highlight of his innings was a straight six off Andrew Flintoff with a minimal follow through.
His scintillating innings brought India’s 100, 200 and 300 with sixes, and hammered 124 in the last ten overs. Though, England bowlers did not bowl as badly as the score suggests-perversely, had they been wilder Yuvraj could not have set himself for his shots but lacked subtlety and variation. The reason behind Yuvraj Singh left his fan to remember this innings forever was the England bowling. They were bowling at the right area, but it was the calibre of Yuvraj Singh, who created room for his every stroke. India defeated England by 54 runs.
Watch Yuvraj Singh’s innings here