Former India skipper MS Dhoni was ‘very completely happy’ on the non-striker’s finish, mentioned Yuvraj Singh as he recalled his brutal onslaught towards English paceman Stuart Broad within the 2007 T20 World Cup.
Yuvraj, who was timing the ball with perfection, hammered Broad for six sixes in an over and have become the one batsman to take action in a T20 Worldwide. The left-hander was the primary Indian batsman and second general after South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs to attain the feat in worldwide cricket.
Yuvraj additionally revealed the chat which he had with England’s Andrew Flintoff, simply minutes earlier than the world witnessed six maximums in as many deliveries.
“I feel MS was very completely happy. For those who’re the captain and the opposite man is simply hitting six after six, you’re simply completely happy that the rating is rising and it was a must-win sport,” Yuvraj advised Gaurav Kapur within the ’22 Yarns’ podcast.
“I bear in mind I hit two good boundaries off Flintoff which he clearly did not like. He mentioned one thing to me and I mentioned one thing again. It was fairly a critical combat at the moment. The umpires additionally got here in. I simply felt like I wished to hit each ball out of the park,” Yuvraj revealed.
The ex-India all-rounder notched up a powerful 12-ball half-century as India clinched the match by 18 runs. Dhoni’s males went on to win the inaugural T20 spectacle by defeating arch-rivals Pakistan within the remaining on the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
Nearly 14 years after his carnage in Durban, Yuvraj revealed that Paul Collingwood had advised Broad to bowl exterior the off-stump because the boundary was larger in that area.
“Fortunately, the primary ball I hit (off Broad) went out of the park. The second ball I hit went into the group. The third ball I hit over level, the place I hadn’t even hit a boundary in my profession. Collingwood got here and advised Broad to maintain bowling yorkers to me exterior off-stump as a result of the off-side was huge.
“However Broad considered bowling into my legs. So when he determined to try this, I knew he was in bother. The fifth ball hit the toe of my bat, it was a small boundary that went over Flintoff. The sixth ball I knew he has to bowl a yorker. So I used to be able to hit it straight and it was in my arc,” mentioned Yuvraj.
“My first look was to Flintoff, giving him a cheeky smile. My re-evaluation was to Dimitri Mascarenhas type of telling him that the scores are settled after which clearly I did a fist pump with Dhoni. It truly didn’t register to me that I had hit six sixes. For me, it was all about settling the scores with England,” he additional mentioned.