Yuvraj Singh has made various contributions to Indian cricket over the 18 years of his international career since making his debut back in 2000. But there is one unforgettable moment of Yuvraj’s career and that will be the T20I match between India and England during the opening T20 World Cup in 2007 where he hit six sixes off Stuart Broad in a single over at Kingsmead, exactly 11-years back. Many cricket fans will remember September 19, 2007, as the day when Yuvi got stuck into the English pacer.
Yuvi smashed six sixes in the 19th over of the first innings, scoring a fastest-ever T20I half-century in just 12 balls. In T20Is, it was the first time that a player had hit six sixes but fourth instance in the history of cricket.
India, batting first, started off aggressively as both the openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, who scored 68 and 58 respectively to provide a solid platform with their 136-run opening partnership. India then lost some momentum before Yuvraj came in, and the rest is history. Yuvraj took the game away from England in a matter of couple of overs. The former English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff made a big mistake by aiming a barrage of verbal volleys at Yuvraj and the young left-hander back then responded by hitting six sixes in an over from Broad. Broad didn’t know where to bowl as whatever that was delivered to Yuvraj went out of the park.
Yuvraj started his show against Stuart Broad with a huge six over midwicket. The next ball was followed with a flick over square-leg, clearing the boundary. Broad looked clueless as he pitched the third ball on the off-side but Yuvraj smashed it for another six, making it three in a row. Broad’s fourth delivery was a waist-high full-toss, which was again cleared by Yuvraj for a fourth consecutive six. Broad tried his best to change the direction, line, and length by bowling from over the wicket, but the result remained the same as the last two deliveries also went for two sixes, making it six sixes in an over. The onslaught left England a target of 219 to chase in 20 overs. India went on to win the match by 18 runs as England managed to score 200 for 6.
On the note, the West Indies legend Gary Sobers was the first man to achieve the feat on August 31, 1968, in a match between Nottinghamshire and Glamorgan. The former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri and now the coach of the Indian cricket team was the second man to hit six sixes in an over against Baroda on 10th January 1985. Former South African opener Herschelle Gibbs became the first player to hit six sixes in an ODI and third in the list, against Netherlands in the 2007 World Cup.