'Come here, I will rip your neck off' - Yuvraj Singh recalls his epic banter with Andrew Flintoff in T20 WC 2007
Yuvraj Singh recalls the epic banter.
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Former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has given Indians enough reasons to celebrate many of the marvelous victories for Team India which he was part of during his time with the team. Be it his match-winning crucial knock in the NatWest series final against England or his epic performances with the bat and ball during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Yuvraj was crucial in making the Men in Blue an aggressive and fearless side.
One memory of Yuvraj which the fans will never forget is his six sixes off an over in the ICC 2007 T20 World Cup against England. The bowler to face the wrath was Stuart Broad but the trigger was ignited by none other than Andrew Flintoff. The former southpaw had dispatched the England all-rounder for two fours, which obviously didn’t go well with him.
After the over concluded, Flintoff said something and Yuvraj hit back with the former again muttering something. It got the former southpaw charged up and he launched an unprecedented attack on Broad. Yuvraj, now, spoke about that incident on the podcast ’22 Yarns with Gaurav Kapur’.
“I remember I hit two good boundaries off Flintoff which he obviously didn’t like. He said something to me and I said something back. He told me, ‘Come here I will rip your neck off’. So I said, ‘You know where my bat would go’. It was quite a serious fight at that time. I just felt like I wanted to hit every ball out of the park,” Yuvraj Singh revealed.
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Yuvraj’s assault helped India post a total above 200 and he entered into the record books by scoring the fastest fifty in T20s off just 12 balls.
“Luckily, the first ball I hit (off Broad) went out of the park. The second ball I hit, went in the crowd. Third ball I hit over point, where I hadn’t even hit a boundary in my career. Collingwood came and told Broad to keep bowling yorkers to me outside off-stump because the off-side was big. But Broad thought of bowling into my legs. So when he decided to do that, I knew he was in trouble. The fifth ball hit the toe of my bat, it was a small boundary that went over Flintoff. Sixth ball I knew he has to bowl a yorker. So I was ready to hit it straight and it was in my arc. My first look was to Flintoff, giving him a cheeky smile,” Yuvraj went on to say.