There have been various contributions from Yuvraj Singh to Indian cricket over the years since he made his debut back in 1999. But what will forever remain the top most is the six sixes he hit on September 19 nine years back at Kingsmead against England.
Playing in the 2007 World T20, Yuvraj smashed six sixes off Stuart Broad in the 19th over of the first innings. As a result of his 36 runs off six balls, Yuvraj reached his fifty in just 12 balls, still a world record in T20Is. It was the first time in T20Is that a player had hit six sixes and fourth in the history of the game.
Batting first, India were off to a brilliant start with Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir both scoring fifties. With MS Dhoni, Yuvraj eyed a big finish and that is what he did. After the end of the 18th over , a small banter with Andrew Flintoff charged Yuvraj for which Broad had to pay the price.
Yuvraj began the over with a huge six over midwicket which went out of the stadium. He followed that with a flick over square-leg that also cleared the ropes. Broad aimed the third ball on the off-side but Yuvraj backed away and sent it over covers for a third six. Looking out of sorts, Broad had an on-field meeting with then captain Paul Collingwood and decided to come round the wicket. But that didn’t change anything as he bowled a wide waist high full-toss which Yuvraj slashed behind square.
The crowd got going with the four sixes but Broad was in shock. He decided to come back over the wicket. But Yuvraj smeared that over long-on for another six.
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The defeaning Durban crowd cheered Yuvraj to go for another and hit six sixes. Ravi Shastri, one of the four players to hit six sixes in an over, was commentating and was on the mic for the last ball. After a big meeting in the middle with Collingwood and Flintoff, Broad decided to continue over the wicket. He ran-in and bowled a half-volley and Yuvraj deposited it in the crowd to hit th sixth six.
Not only the crowd but members of the Indian cricket team were also ecstatic after the shot. India finished with a total of 218/5.
England did come close to chase down with Luke Wright and Kevin Pietersen hitting some good scores. India managed to keep England short of the target and win the match by 18 runs.