It was the Super Eight stage of the World Cup. After losing their first matches, both India and England desperately needed a win to increase their chances in the semi-finals.
India dominated their second Super Eight game against England, with 171/3 in 18 overs after choosing to bat first. After exchanging a few heated words with all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, Yuvraj was all excited, all set to unleash his rock-solid game against England.
Couldn’t have found a better partner after 15 years to watch this together 👶 🏏 #15YearsOfSixSixes… https://t.co/9cXxPkK5H2
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) 1663561697000
But what happened later was unprecedented in the game’s shortest form. Stuart Broad, who came over the 19th, was crushed for 6,6,6,6,6,6. Flintoff and Yuvraj got into an argument and it was Broad who paid the price.
The pacer was crushed all over the park, with a six going to the cow corner, the second a hit over a backward square leg, the third a hit over extra coverage area. The fourth ball saw Yuvraj hit a full toss into the back point area, making it four sixes in a row. The left-hander hit the fifth ball over the midwicket region. The final and groundbreaking sixth six was slammed across the mid-on region, much to the delight of Indian fans in the crowd.
With this, he also reached his half-century, the fastest in T20I cricket history, in just 12 balls.
“And he put it away… YES! Six sixes in an over. Yuvraj Singh finishes everything in style!” these words from commentator and former cricketer Ravi Shastri were the finishing touch this remarkable moment needed and deserved. These words still ring in the ears of millions of fans.
Thanks to these sixes, India finished 218/4 in 20 overs, with Yuvraj scoring 58 on just 16 balls with three fours and seven sixes and a massive 362.50 batting rate. Contributions from openers Gautam Gambhir (58) and Virender Sehwag (68) also helped Men in Blue achieve this score.
Chasing 219, England could only score 200/6 in their 20 overs. Vikram Solanki (43) and Kevin Pietersen (39) shots were solid, but pacer Irfan Pathan (3/37) and RP Singh (2/28) controlled the runflow to help Team India win the match by 18 runs.