Yuvraj Singh - the man who won India big tournaments
- After a competitive career of almost 25 years, Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international cricket and Indian Premier League.
#2 Taking six-hitting to a new level in the ICC World T20, 2007
At one moment, India were looking on their way back home after their loss to New Zealand during the inaugural ICC World T20 tournament. India, the most inexperienced T20 team in the tournament at that time - had to win all matches from there while ensuring a healthy net run rate. During their second super eights match against England at Durban, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag got India off to a steady start.
While India were looking set for a score around 200, Yuvraj - who had already scored 14 off six balls - was provoked after an altercation with Andrew Flintoff. Stuart Broad bore the brunt of Yuvraj's fire, getting hit for six huge sixes in an over. India won the match while improving their net run rate, and a convincing victory against South Africa in India's next match sealed them a place in the semis.
In the semifinal, India - again batting first - was reduced to 41 for 2 while facing world champions Australia. Australia were fielding a bowling attack which won them the World Cup less than five months ago - including Nathan Bracken, Mitchell Johnson, Stuart Clark, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, and Brett Lee, who missed the 2007 World Cup due to a foot injury. Yuvraj did not discriminate between bowlers, and scored a 30-ball 70.
Finishing at 188 for 4, India won the match to set up a final with Pakistan. While Yuvraj and many others struggled in the final, his 63-run partnership with Gambhir helped India get to a fighting total in the end. India held the nerve in the end to win a historic final by five runs.