Monday, 19 September 2016

Rewind: Yuvraj's Six Sixes in T-20 WC on 19 Sep,2007

Date- 19 Sep 2007
Place- Durban
Group- D
Match- Ind vs England
Tournament – T20 World Cup.

              It’s been nine years since Yuvraj Singh hit those six sixes off Stuart Broad’s over on the South African soil,  that priceless moment is still alive in many minds of Indian cricket freaks even after spending almost a decade. The Indian left-hand batsman had a pretty inconsistent tour of England where Dimitri Mascarenhas hit him for five consecutive sixes in the sixth one day international. Albeit, India won that thriller match after Robin Uthappa’s compelling strikes.
India's yuvraj Singh hitting six sixes to Broad

            In the opening game of the tournament against England in Durban, India won the toss and elected to bat. A brilliant opening stand of 136 runs between Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir in 14.4 overs that meant Indian middle order batsmen like Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni could have some fireworks in the coming overs and something similar happened too!
          Yuvraj Singh stepped out to bat in 17th over when Uthappa was got out and India were 155/3. In the first six balls of his inning, he hit 14 runs, including a six to Andrew flintoff. That brought up some verbals exchanging moments in the ongoing match. Well, it was not the end of fire in between these two.
      Stuart Broad, less experienced English pacer came on to ball the 19th over for England, but just before that another heating moment was produced by Andrew flintoff, who is known for doing nasty things. That full-of-word-battle became quite bigger and Yuvraj Singh, who was not  in mood to leave it at all, charged up and then, MS Dhoni who was standing on the other end and Umpire had to intervene to settle down the things between Yuvraj and flintoff.
The match begun again,
Broad delivered first ball and Yuvraj Singh kicked that off for a six over deep mid wicket. That six was long enough to send the ball out of the park and had to bring out a new ball.
The second ball, was on pads and Yuvi flicked it over the square boundary.

    To slow down Yuvraj’s momentum, Broad had a chit chat with captain Collingwood.
The third ball, that was just outside off stump, Yuvraj sailed that over the cover for 3rd consecutive six.

  Before delivering the next ball, Collingwood again had a conversation with Broad but this time it was quite extensive.
The fourth ball, was a full-toss outside off stump for Yuvraj and to make it worse for all England player and even more for flintoff, he hit that too for a six over the point region. Yuvraj seemed gleeful.
   Another long discussion was made in English  tabernacle. Nervous Broad ready to bowl his 5th ball of the over. What else could he do more ?
The fifth ball, Yuvraj blasted the ball high into the sky for a six over the deep leg-square boundary.

  Meanwhile India have been crossed 200 runs milestone in the t-20 match with the seven balls remaining in the innings. Everyone, who were watching this match had a feeling. This was a history as no one had ever hit six sixes in an over. Could Yuvraj be the pioneer? Everyone wanted to know.

The screen read : 6, 6, 6, 6, 6 ....

That meant Yuvraj was one step away to create the History. On the other hand, Flintoff was looking absolutely abrupt.

The sixth ball, Broad ran in for one last time in a horrific over, delivered a length ball and Yuvraj almost played a replica and send it off over the mid wicket fence. All of sudden, Andrew flintoff felt gutted and Broad broke down into tears.
Yuvraj had done it!
The first man in the world to hit six sixes in a T20 game. The fastest half-centurion in the game. 50 off just 12 balls!
       The big screen read 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6.
Ravi Shastri, one of the prominent commentator  went ‘full monty’ in the commentary box while all of India erupted. This was history!

Hope Yuvraj Singh, who is now struggling in his career after surviving from Cancer,  will make his strong comeback into the  national team with the same that-old-firepower.