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Yuvraj Singh, Durban, Stuart Broad, Six Sixes
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - 19 September: Six no. 5, India's Yuvraj Singh hits six sixes off Stuart Broad of England in one over for his 58 runs off 16 balls during the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Championship Super Eights match between England and India at Kingsmead on September 19, 2007 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Yuvraj Singh Recalls His Six Sixes In An Over, Stuart Broad Reacts

On the 13th anniversary of the iconic six sixes Yuvraj Singh’s in an over against Stuart Broad, the former Indian swashbuckling batsman recalled the incident. In the 2007 inaugural World Cup, Yuvraj became the first Indian cricketer to hit six sixes in an over and also the second cricketer to ever do it in international cricket after South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs.

Yuvraj Singh has been one of the finest white-ball cricketers in the history of the game. He announced his retirement from cricket in 2019 leaving everyone emotional including his die-hard fans. He had a stunning 19-year long career, achieving greatness in the cricketing world.

Yuvraj Singh, Stuart Broad
Yuvraj Singh and Stuart Broad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Yuvraj Singh recalled his six sixes, Stuart Broad responds

Yuvraj took it to his official Instagram handle to recall his big feat of hitting six sixes in an over, on the 13th anniversary of the incident.

He posted a photo of him hitting the ball into the stands, captioning it as “13 years! How time flies!! #memories,”.

The man on the receiving end of the sixes as England pacer Stuart Broad who also commented on the picture saying “Time flies less than the cricket ball that night,”. 

Players with Fastest Fifty in T20 Cricket, Fastest Fifty in T20 Cricket,
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Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, who was part of the Indian team during the World Cup 2007 and that particular match, used a famous Bollywood dialogue in his comment saying “Yeh record mujhe de de thakur.”

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, responded by calling Yuvraj’s record ‘legendary’, while the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Munaf Patel and leg-spinner Rahul Sharma also replied.

Yuvraj Singh has requested BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to allow him to play domestic cricket

The latest report suggests Yuvraj Singh has sent a mail to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and Joint secretary Jay Shah, requesting them to allow him to come out of retirement and play domestic cricket for Punjab. He has reportedly, mentioned in the mail that he won’t participate in any Global T20 league if he is granted permission to play for Punjab.

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh. Image Credits: Twitter

PCA secretary Puneet Bali had approached Yuvraj with a request to come out of retirement last month and return to the Punjab team as a player-cum-mentor.

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa. Image Credits: Twitter
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I Have To Give MS Dhoni Credit: Robin Uthappa On 2007 T20 World Cup Triumph

In a classic India vs Pakistan game during the group stage encounter of the World Cup 2007, the match was decided by a bowl out after a draw at the end of 20 overs. India vs Pakistan is always a stunning nail-biting game because of the 100 per cent efforts put by the players for the pride of their respective countries.

The match had ended in a tie after India’s 141-rum on the board was equalled by Pakistan and the match went for a bowl-out. Former Team India bowling all-rounder Irfan Pathan has revealed that the Pakistani cricket team had no idea of what a bowl out was, on the other hand, Team India was well prepared for it.

Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa remained successful in hitting the stumps while Pakistan’s Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi couldn’t hit the stumps. Following this, India won the epic bowl-out with the scoreline of 3-0.

India, Pakistan, 2007 Wolrd T20 final
Johannesburg, South Africa. (File image)

India Were Well Prepared For The Bowl Out Says Robin Uthappa

Robin Uthappa scored 50 off 39 balls in the pressure-cooker game against Pakistan. The match was equally competitive between the two sides as Pakistan managed to put 141 on the board. The difference came when the match went on to a bowl out as India were well prepared for it, while the Pakistan team was caught off guard.

“Before every practice, we used to play a game after warm-up, so what Venky (Venkatesh Prasad) did was instead of playing football, he said let’s play bowl out (batsman vs bowlers). Among the batsmen, Sehwag, Rohit and me used to get a hit very often,” Robin Uthappa told on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.

I Have To Give MS Dhoni Credit: Robin Uthappa On 2007 T20 World Cup Triumph 1
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The Credits Go To MS Dhoni Says Robin Uthappa

MS Dhoni was newly named the captain of Team India and had a big responsibility on his shoulders, to lead the side in the inaugural T20 World Cup held in South Africa. Robin Uthappa says he has to credit MS Dhoni for the big decisions he had to make which earned them the World Cup triumph.

I have to give credit to MS Dhoni at that point of time. At a very young age, in his first tournament and his first game as captain, a guy went up to him, his teammate went up to him saying, who is a non-bowler and is not his main skill, went up to him and said, ‘I have to bowl and I am going to hit the stumps,’ and I swear he (Dhoni) didn’t even bat an eyelid and said, ‘ok bowl,’” Uthappa said.

MS Dhoni, Robin Uthappa, Sakshi Singh Dhoni
MS Dhoni with Robin Uthappa. (Photo credit – SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Team India went on to win the World Cup beating Pakistan in the finals at Wanderers in Johannesburg by five runs. Gautam Gambhir scored 75 runs as India put a score of 157-5. The other Indian batsmen fell cheaply, with Rohit Sharma the second-highest scorer, reaching 30 not out.

In response, Misbah-ul-Haq was the top scorer for  Pakistan with 43 runs as they neared the Indian total, but wickets fell quickly as R P Singh took three for 26 and Irfan Pathan took three for 16 — to set up a tense finish. Pakistan were bowled out in the final over, to fall five runs short of India. Also, Pathan was named the Man of the Match for his brilliant display with the ball in hand.

Sourav Ganguly, Greg Chappell
Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Sourav Ganguly On His Shattered Dream And Greg Chappell Controversy

Former Indian cricketer and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly spilt the beans over his snub from Team India under the coaching of Greg Chappell in 2005. He has also shown his displeasure for not leading the team in the 2007 ODI World Cup where India was badly defeated though he was the leading scorer for the team.

Sourav Ganguly is credited to rebuild the Indian team after the match-fixing scandal but he was also involved in the controversy which led his ouster from the team. In 2005, Greg Chappell was given the head coach’s role when India toured Zimbabwe. After the tour, things became unpleasant between the coach and the captain which soon became the talk of the town.

Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell.
Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Chappell’s email to BCCI was leaked that read, Ganguly was “physically and mentally” unfit to lead India and that his “divide and rule” behaviour was damaging the team. Subsequently, the prince of Kolkata was dropped from the team as the difference between him and Chappell increased.

Sourav Ganguly, recalling the whole infamous incident, expressed that he didn’t lonely blame the former coach behind his ouster. He believes that the then entire team management was involved in dropping him. However, Ganguly didn’t crumble as he soon made a strong comeback.

Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell.
Greg Chappell (L) and  Sourav Ganguly (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

“I don’t want to blame Greg Chappell alone. There is no doubt about the fact that he was the one who started it,” he sai0d. “He suddenly sends an email against me to the board which gets leaked too. Does something like this happen? A cricket team is like a family. There can differences of opinion, misunderstandings in the family but that should be sorted out with dialogue. You are the coach, if you believed that I should play in a certain manner then come and tell me. When I returned as a player he had specified the same things then why not earlier? ” Bengali daily Sangbad Pratidin.

“The others are not innocent either. A foreign coach who doesn’t have any say in the selection cannot drop an Indian captain. I had understood that this is not possible without the support of the entire system. Everyone was involved in the scheme to drop me. But I didn’t crumble under pressure. I didn’t lose confidence in me,” he said.

Sourav Ganguly’s shattered dream:

sourav ganguly,
Sourav Ganguly. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Although Ganguly was again given the place in the team across all the formats. He had lost his place as the captain. The former Indian captain is upset that he was not given the captaincy role in the World Cup 2007 which was his dream.

“I dreamt of winning the 2007 World Cup for India. We had lost in the final the previous time (2003). I had reasons to dream too. The team had played so well under me for the last five years whether it was home or away,” Ganguly said. 

Ganguly last played for Indian in 2008 against Australia in the Test series at home. He represented India in 113 Tests and 311 ODIs, scoring 7212 and 11363 runs respectively.

After retirement, he also played in the Indian Premier League for Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors.

World Cup, Adam gilchrist, Six Batsmen Who Scored Century In World Cup's Grand-Finale
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Six Batsmen Who Slammed A Century In World Cup Finals

Every cricketer’s dream is to contribute his best to help them lift the World Cup trophy. He always wants to be part of the winning cause. In this regard, a batsman who registers a three-digit score in the grand-finale gets immense pleasure. His century can change the whole scenario for the team.

It builds confidence in the team and also guides them to victory. But sometimes, his effort might even go in vain. Here, in this article, we have discussed the players six batsmen who scored a century in world cup’s grand-finale

Mahela Jayawardene vs India: 103 runs

Mahela Jayawardene,
Mahela Jayawardene. Image Credit: Getty Images.

In the World Cup 2011, India had early success in the grand-finale against Sri Lanka as the opening partners Upul Tharanga, and Tillakaratne Dilshan lost their wicket within 16 overs.

But Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene took the command of the game. They both build pressure on India’s side and added 60 runs before Sangakkara lost his wicket in 28th over. However, Jayawardene continued the innings and smacked the bowlers. He went on to register a century but lost his wicket soon after that. He scored 103 runs off 88 balls, striking thirteen fours. His innings led the Islanders to set up the target of 275 runs.

However, Jayawardene’s innings went into vain as India lifted the trophy after MS Dhoni hit the winning six.