It is the end of an era as Yuvraj Singh officially announced his retirement from international cricket. However, the southpaw leaves behind memories of brilliant performances over the course of his career.
Most Indian fans can cast their minds back to 19th September 2007, the World T20. The Indian cricket team were facing off against England at the time in a group stage game. It was also the inaugural edition of the ICC World T20, and this was one of the more unforgettable moments.
That day, Yuvraj Singh slammed an unfortunate Stuart Broad for 6 sixes in a row in Durban. The carnage kicked off at the end of the 18th over of India’s innings with the bat. At the time, India posted a total of 171 for the loss of 3 wickets, with Yuvraj and MS Dhoni at the crease.
Earlier, Yuvraj Singh dispatched Andrew Flintoff for two fours in the previous over and the two had a ‘friendly chat’. The altercation required intervention from the umpires to break the fight. However, it was how Yuvraj Singh got his revenge, that had the world buzzing with excitement. Unfortunately, it was poor old Stuart Broad who was caught in the lion’s den, and the lion was very hungry.
Yuvraj Singh had several people shellshocked when he proceeded to send balls flying all over the park. That magical 19th over in the Indian innings changed how T20 cricket was going to impact world cricket.
At the end of the onslaught, Yuvraj Singh rocketed to a 12-ball half-century, the fastest fifty in T20 cricket. In the end, he finished on 58 in 16 balls, complete with three fours and seven sixes. By the time the 20th over was completed, India posted a fighting total of 218 for 4. However, England could only muster 200 for 6 wickets giving India an 18-run win.
Another accolade of his was when he helped India bundle out Australia in the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He even listed that and the 6 sixes as his best ever career moments.His 2 wickets and 57 run knock vs Australia in the quarter-final of that tournament, followed by his ecstatic celebration after winning the match will never be forgotten.