Yuvraj Singh is one of India’s modern greats. He belonged to the group of players who were groomed by Sourav Ganguly. He has remained an integral part of Indian white ball cricket team for over a decade. His flamboyance and attitude inspired millions of young cricketers including the great MS Dhoni. Here are Yuvi’s top 5 innings.
1. 70 vs Australia at Durban in 2007
In the 2007 T20 World Cup semi-finals, Yuvraj Singh played another exceptional innings against the world’s best team, Australia. He outperformed his previous innings against England and lifted India’s scoring pace from the moment he arrived on the pitch.
Despite the delicate situation of the match, Yuvraj started smashing fours and sixes all around the ground and became more aggressive with each passing over. He played the innings of the match, ensuring that India reached the final of the World Cup.
2. 58 vs England at Durban in 2007
It’s hard to add anything new about this innings as it’s probably the most iconic one in Yuvraj Singh’s career and will be etched in the minds of Indian cricket fans forever. In the 2007 T20 World Cup match against England, India was desperate for a win. And, while the openers gave a good start, it was ultimately Yuvraj Singh show all the way. Even to this day, Freddie Flintoff must be thinking why he riled up Yuvi, and poor Stuart Broad had to pay the price for it.
This innings showcased the power of a Punjabi when provoked, and Yuvraj gave it back in ways no one would like. In the 19th over of the innings, Yuvraj hit the first ball out of the park, and a new ball was taken. For the next five balls, there was no part of the ground where Yuvraj didn’t hit a six. He brought up his 50 in just 12 balls, and it was a display of destruction at its very best. It was an innings for the ages.
3. 113 vs West Indies at Chennai in 2011
This innings is a remarkable demonstration of overcoming severe health conditions and persevering for the nation. Yuvraj Singh played an incredible innings despite coughing and even spitting blood, which is rarely seen on a cricket field.
At that time, no one knew the seriousness of Yuvi’s situation. In warm conditions in Chennai, he hit 10 fours and 2 sixes, displaying immeasurable grit and determination that day.
4. 150 vs England at Cuttack in 2017
Yuvraj Singh played one of his last remarkable innings against England at Cuttack. He formed a 256-run partnership with MS Dhoni, and during this match, Yuvi achieved his highest score in ODIs.
It was an extraordinary partnership between two cricketing icons, and Yuvraj demonstrated that he was still one of the best players in the world. He smashed many sixes in this innings, which showed his fans that he was still a force to be reckoned with. However, it was unfortunate that he couldn’t play much after that.
5. 139 vs Australia at Sydney in 2004
In the early years of Yuvraj Singh’s career, he played an outstanding innings against the best ODI team in the world, Australia, at their home ground in Sydney. He completely dominated the great Australian bowling attack that day, making a resounding statement to the world that a new boss was in town.
This innings demonstrated that Yuvraj would rule international cricket for many years to come, and all bowlers feared him. It was a very special innings from a very special player.
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