Yuvraj Singh Recalls The Triumph Of 2007 T20 World Cup
24th September 2017 will mark the 10th year anniversary of India’s triumph in the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa. Nobody piped India to win the World Cup as they went into the tournament as one of the least favorite team. One of the major contributors in India’s triumph was Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj played some scintillating cricket throughout the World Cup.
One of the highlights of Yuvraj’s career is when he hit Stuart Broad for 6 Sixes in an over; he achieved the feat in the 2007 World T20. India played Pakistan in the final of the tournament, and it was the second time the two teams met in the tournament. Yuvraj believes that the group match between the two teams was more exciting than the final. The group match between the two teams ended in a tie, and the winner was decided via bowl out.
“Both were thrilling — the final and the qualifier (match against Pakistan). I feel the qualifier match was a bit more exciting because it was a tie and it went to a bowl out and the guys who bowled for us were not regular bowlers so it was a more fun game. For me, it was a more fascinating game than the final.”
India’s match against England was a must win encounter as they had already lost to New Zealand in the first match of the super eight stage. Yuvraj came into bat in the 17th over of the innings with India’s score at 155. At the end of 18th over Yuvraj had some heated exchange of words with England’s Andrew Flintoff which was enough to ignite a spark inside Yuvraj.
Recalling the moment, Yuvraj smiled and said:
“I remember Dhoni going in to bat before me because the team had always talked about wanting a left-right hand combination at the crease. As a result, I came in with three overs to spare so I just thought I have to swing from the very first ball. It was just my day. Me and Flintoff have always had heated arguments on the field. He (Flintoff) bowled two good balls and I was able to hit them for boundaries and he said something and I retaliated… When I next got on the crease I wanted to hit every ball out of the ground and that is what happened. When I was done, I smiled, and waved my bat at (English player) Dimitri Masarenhas. That was because he had hit me for five sixes in an over in a one day game.”
One of the most talked about topic of the World Cup was Dhoni’s decision to hand over the ball to Joginder Sharma in the final over and when he was asked about that decision, he said:
“Me and MS had a chat and we felt that Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh) with his experience should bowl the last over. But Bhajji said I’ve been trying to hit my yorker it’s not coming off, I think you should bowl a fast bowler. So MS took the call to bowl Joginder. “I don’t know what happened to Misbah, why did he play that shot? He could have hit it straight… it’s always safer to hit straight so why do you need to play that shot. Thank God for us he didn’t though.”
And on the reception the team received on arrival, Yuvi said:
“When we landed in Mumbai, it was raining a little bit and lot of the guys thought that maybe no one will come out and receive us. We never expected the reception that we got in the streets… When we saw the people and the good wishes coming from all over the country did we realise the magnitude of what we had achieved.”
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