Best innings of Yuvraj Singh – Yuvraj Singh, who recently retired from all forms of international cricket, has been a white-ball legend for India and has done some absolutely phenomenal things for the men in blue in both 50-over as well as 20-over cricket.
Although he couldn’t have as illustrious a career in test match cricket as he would have liked to, but he put a lot of smiles on the faces of the Indian fans with his performances in the shorter formats of the game.
Let us take you on a ride of some of the best innings of Yuvraj Singh in white ball-cricket –
70 vs Australia, Semi Final of ICC T20 2007, Durban
Yuvraj had come into this game having smacked Stuart Broad for 6 sixes in an over previously in the tournament and his confidence was sky high. Although he had missed a game against South Africa in between because of the injury issue, but he carried on from where he had left in the England game and put on an amazing display of strokeplay against a quality Australian attack.
Brett Lee was in the prime of his career back then and was bowling in the range of 95 mph and Yuvraj played some extraordinary strokes against him. A flick shot that he played against Lee went 119 metre back into the stands. That shot is still etched in the memory of many people.
A 70 off just 30 balls, which was one of the best innings of Yuvraj Singh carried India to a score of 188 which proved to be a match winning score eventually.
57 Not out vs Australia, Quarter Final of ICC CWC 2011, Ahmedabad
India were chasing a stiff total of 261 on a slowish Ahmedabad track and they found themselves hugely under pressure when their skipper MS Dhoni was caught at backward point off Brett Lee with the target still 75 runs away. Suresh Raina was the only recognized batsman left with Yuvraj and he had the reputation of being a bit vulnerable against the short balls.
Australia had some really quick bowlers in Shaun Tait and Brett Lee and an Indian victory seemed unlikely from there. But Yuvraj showed outstanding composure in that pressure situation and saw off the chase through with extreme expertise, batting alongside Raina. The Southpaw finished with an unbeaten fifty and was deservedly declared the man of the match.
150 vs England, 2nd ODI, 2017, Cuttack
After his successful recovery from cancer, Yuvraj had made several attempts to make a comeback into the Indian team, but had failed to secure his place. However, when he got an opportunity against England in 2017, he made sure he didn’t let that opportunity go by.
There were a lot of talks that Yuvraj’s reflexes had gone slow and he had discovered a weakness against the short balls and the English bowlers tried to pepper him short balls that day, but Yuvraj was up to the task properly.
His pull shots in front of square were a treat to watch as he raced to a career-best score of 150 and stitched together a double century partnership with his former captain MS Dhoni along the way.