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Yuvraj Singh recalls the day when he was hit for five sixes in a row in his over by Dimitri Mascarenhas in the final ODI match against England. He reveals how it feels when you are at the receiving end.
Every cricket lover remembers that Yuvraj Singh had hit six sixes in England bowler Stuart Broad’s over in the 2007 T20 World Cup. But before showing his masterpiece with the willow, Yuvraj had gone through the trauma of getting hit for sixes in an over.
Yes, the lower-order batsman Dimitri Mascarenhas had given that nightmare to Yuvraj in the ODI match in 2007. In the last over of that match at the Oval, Rahul Dravid handed over the ball to Yuvraj, who was hammered for consecutive five sixes by Mascarenhas.
Dimitri Mascarenhas hit me for five sixes in six balls: Yuvraj Singh
Reminiscing that old match, Yuvraj revealed that he had sleepless nights after that match. He could not forget about that innings until he showed his masterstroke.
“I was playing a game at the Oval and I don’t know why the captain [Dravid] gave me to bowl the last over,” Yuvraj said during a Facebook live session with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford on the Sony Ten Pit Stop show.
“Dimitri Mascarenhas hit me for five sixes in six balls. I’m glad he didn’t hit me for six sixes and I couldn’t sleep for the next 15 days. The calls and messages from my friends after that were really disheartening. I never got so many calls when I scored a hundred.”
It was very satisfying that I could do it: Yuvraj Singh
Months later, Stuart Board became the victim of Yuvraj Singh’s carnage. But the sixer king ensured that Mascarenhas, who was fielding, received a message.
“Then I remember when I hit six sixes, I did not look at Broad or anyone, I looked at Dimitri and said, ‘This is over now, this is gone to bed’. It was very satisfying that I could do it against the same team,” he said.