I was feeling like Stuart Broad after Yuvraj Singh hit me for three sixes: Yuzvendra Chahal

I was feeling like Stuart Broad after Yuvraj Singh hit me for three sixes: Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuvraj scored a quick-fire 23 after which Chahal got his wicket.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. (Photo Source: IANS)

Veteran Yuvraj Singh had narrowly missed the bus for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 but for Mumbai Indians (MI) who picked him in the last minute. For the 37-year-old who is at the twilight of his glorious cricketing career, it was a kind of new birth and he showed in the first game against Delhi Capitals (DC) that he is far from being a spent force. He scored 53 off 35 balls in that game to be his team’s highest scorer even though the MI lost the match.

It was a good game for him but he would have liked to see the entire team happy, Yuvraj said later after getting honoured by team owner Neeta Ambani for his show along with Mitchell McClenaghan. On Thursday, as the MI faced Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Yuvraj again gave a glimpse of what he is capable of, even now.

Yuvraj came in at No.4 after the MI openers Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma gave them a good launching pad. Yuvraj’s mindset to continue with the brisk scoring was understood from the moment he took a stance. In the 14th over bowled by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, the southpaw unleashed his brute force. The first three balls flew out of the boundary rope and Yuvraj seemed to put the time machine on and even Chahal was thinking the same.

Speaking in the post-match press conference later, Chahal, who bowled nicely against Chennai Super Kings in the first match, said: “I will tell you truly. When he (Yuvraj Singh) hit me for three sixes, I was feeling like Stuart Broad.” Yuvraj had hit the English pacer for six sixes in an over during the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007.

Chahal though picked Yuvraj in the fourth delivery of the over with a googly

However, the mission remained incomplete this time as Chahal took his man in the fourth fall of the over with a googly. The left-handed batsman looked to make it four out of four but only managed to hit it high up in the air and was caught at long-off by Mohammed Siraj.

Chahal said he still backed himself and looked for the wicket despite going for three consecutive sixes. “That time I thought I thought I have to bowl my best delivery,” the bowler, who was the most successful bowler for RCB with 4 wickets for 38, said. He also called Yuvraj a “legendary batsman”.

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