3 lesser-known facts about Yuvraj Singh's 6 sixes in an over
The day when Yuvraj gave Stuart Broad nightmares!
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Not even the optimists would have seen that coming. Stuart Broad is an out and out fast bowler and it’s not an easy task to strike a fast bowler of his quality to the cleaners. However, Yuvraj Singh, the former Indian batsman, had other ideas.
In the Group E match against Paul Collingwood’s England at the Kingsmead in Durban, the Punjab-born went berserk and treated the crowd to a spectacle. Yuvraj smashed six sixes off Broad in the 19th over of the innings. It also helped him to the fastest fifty in T20 cricket off 12 balls.
The record is still intact, though Chris Gayle equalled him, playing for Melbourne Renegades in the BBL. Apart from the fact that Yuvraj was the first and the only batsman to achieve the feat in T20Is, there are other facts surrounding it that haven’t gotten enough attention.
In the article, let’s look at three unknown facts from Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes: –
1. Yuvraj getting to the milestone with a mishit
Prior to that over, Yuvraj was charged up by Andrew Flintoff and Broad ended up facing the former’s wrath. The speedster tried all sort of lengths only to see the leather disappear over the ropes. Yuvraj wasn’t even finding the middle of the bat, yet was able to pepper the boundary with ease and elegance.
Interestingly, the shot, which helped him to reach the milestone, wasn’t a clean one by any means. Broad churned out a full-length delivery on and around the middle stump and Yuvraj deposited him over the mid-wicket boundary.
Later, the left-hander revealed that the shot was a mistimed one. That shot got the Indian fans jumping and the England supporters in shock. The over turned out to be crucial in the context of the game as the Men in Blue got over the line by only 18 runs, defending 219.