2007 T20 World Cup Throwback: Yuvraj Singh puts on an epic show against England in Durban.
After losing their 1st game of the Super 8s, India was in a position where they had to win every game to keep their T20 World Cup campaign alive. England was already out of the tournament and had nothing to play for.
Both India and England met in the 21st game of the 2007 T20 World Cup at Kingsmead in Durban. India won the toss and elected to bat first. The decision proved beneficial as the Indians piled on the runs and set England a target of 219 to win the game. Openers Gautam Gambhir, and Virender Sehwag, both notched up 50s and gave India a solid platform to set England a massive total to chase. Gambhir scored 58 off 41 balls and hit 7 fours and 1 six, while Sehwag scored 68 off 52 balls and hit 4 fours and 3 sixes.
The pair put on an opening partnership worth 136 off 89 balls. Indian left-handed all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was the show’s star. In a Man of the Match performance, the southpaw obliterated the English attack on all parts of Kingsmead. Yuvraj took a liking to a young Stuart Broad and smashed him all over Kingsmead for six sixes in one over. Yuvraj Singh came to the crease with the score at 155/3 after 16.4 overs. At the end of the 17th over, the score was 159/3. Yuvraj was on 4 off 2 balls and hit 1 four.
It all escalated in the 18th over when Andrew Flintoff conceded 12 runs, which included 2 fours that Yuvraj Singh hit. The southpaw was on 14 off 6 balls and hit 3 fours. England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and Yuvraj Singh exchanged a few words during and after the over. The pair had to be separated by the umpires and some players. Flintoff made a huge mistake, and a young, 21-year-old, Stuart Broad, was at the receiving end of Yuvraj Singhís wrath.
The 1st ball of the 18th over went out of the ground. Yuvraj slogged the ball over cow corner, and the ball went right out of Kingsmead. The southpaw then flicked the next ball into the crowd in the backward square leg region. The 3rd ball went over cover and hit the top of the scoreboard. Yuvraj Singh had just hit 3 sixes in a row. There were still three balls left in the over. Broad changed the angle this time around. He came around the wicket to cramp Yuvraj Singh up. Broadís execution was not on-point at all. Yuvraj deposited a wide full toss over backward over backward point for the 4th consecutive six in the over.
The next ball went for six as well in the mid-wicket region. Broad looked shell-shocked and did not have a clue what to do. The final ball of the 19th over went way back into the crowd through the wide mid-on region, and that was that. Yuvraj Singh became the 1st player in T20 Internationals to hit 6 sixes in an over. The southpaw reached his half-century off 12 balls and scored the fastest half-century in T20s. He also became the 4th player in Menís senior cricket to hit six sixes in an over after Sir Garfield Sobers, Ravi Shastri, and Herschelle Gibbs.
Speaking of Ravi, Shastri was on commentary when Yuvraj hit the six-sixes. Ravi Shastri and David Lloydís commentary made Yuvraj Singhís moment of brilliance even more memorable. Yuvraj Singh, he got hit for 5 consecutive sixes by England all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas in an ODI earlier that month in 2007. Yuvraj returned the favour this time around.
Yuvraj scored 58 off 16 balls and hit 3 fours and 7 sixes in that inning before Flintoff dismissed him in the final over of India’s innings. He displayed a control rate of 75%. His most productive shot was the leg glance, which yielded 26 runs, including 4 sixes. 20 of his runs came through the mid-wicket region. It was a memorable moment for Yuvraj and India cricket. Nobody will forget about Yuvraj Singhís 6 sixes. He came clutch at a vital moment in Indiaís T20 World Cup campaign. He delivered in a semi-final victory over Australia, and India went on to win the inaugural T20 World Cup.