In their 87-year-old international cricket history, Indian cricket has introduced many top talented international cricketers. Some of them have thrashed many international cricket records and created new records in international cricket history. Yuvraj Singh is one of these special names who always remain in the hearts of the Indian cricket fans. While today (12th December) Yuvraj Singh is celebrating his 38th birthday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has wished him with his one of the best unforgettable moments in cricket career.
On 12th December 1981, Yuvraj Singh was born in Chandigarh. While his father is the former Indian cricketer Yograj Singh, who played the only Test and six ODIs, Yuvraj got the strict guidance of cricket from his family since his childhood.
Yuvraj Singh showed his cricketing talent from the very young age, and the national selectors recognised him very soon. The all-rounder was selected in the India U19 cricket team for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2000 in Sri Lanka. While Mohammad Kaif-led Indian U19 side won that tournament, which was India’s first-ever U19 CWC trophy, Yuvraj Singh won the Player of the Tournament award for his great all-round performances. In that tournament, the left-handed batsman scored 203 runs (average 33.83 and strike-rate 103.57), including two half-centuries. Meanwhile, as a left-arm spinner, Yuvraj also bagged 12 wickets in that tournament.
Yuvraj Singh played a major role for the national team to win the 2007 ICC World T20 and 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
In October 2000, Yuvraj Singh made his international debut by wearing the Men in Blue jersey. In his long 17 years international career, Yuvraj faced many ups and downs, but the fighter never left the battlefield. The desperate Indian cricketer played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is where he scored 11,686 international runs and also managed to take a total of 148 international wickets.
Yuvraj Singh played a massive role for the national team to achieve many unforgettable successes, including winning the inaugural ICC World T20 (2007) and 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. In both those successful ICC tournaments, Yuvraj played one of the most important roles, and even he won the Player of the Tournament award at the end of 2011 CWC for his all-round performances.
After winning the 2011 CWC, Yuvraj fought against cancer, which he started even before that tournament. Later, he returned to the cricket after beating cancer and performed strongly. Yuvraj last played for India on 30th June 2017 (ODI against West Indies at North Sound and he retired from international cricket in last June when India were busy in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. However, he is still active in cricket, majorly playing in the franchise-based foreign tournaments.
In his long cricket career, Yuvraj Singh set many unforgettable moments. But the ICC chose to wish him with that moment which is rarest in international cricket history.
ICC shares six sixes moment of Yuvraj Singh
Till the date, only two batsmen have hit six sixes in a single over of the entire international cricket history. While Herschelle Gibbs smashed six sixes in an over of the Netherlands leg-spinner DLS van Bunge during the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup at St. Kitts, Yuvraj Singh recreated that similar scene against the English pacer Stuart Broad during a Super Eight stage game of the 2007 ICC World T20 at Durban.
On his 38th birthday occasion, the ICC posted the highlights video of the entire over where Yuvraj Singh hit six sixes to Stuart Broad.
6️⃣ 6️⃣ 6️⃣ 6️⃣ 6️⃣ 6️⃣
— ICC (@ICC) December 12, 2019
After hitting the last six in that over, Yuvraj Singh also completed his half-century in just 12 balls – which is still the fastest fifty in T20I history and joint-fastest fifty in T20 cricket history.