It was the Super Eight phase of the World Cup. After losing their opening matches, India and England desperately needed a win to boost their chances in the semi-finals.
India were dominating their second Super Eight game against England, 171/3 from 18 overs after opting to strike first. After exchanging a few heated words with the versatile Andrew Flintoff, Yuvraj was all fired up, ready to unleash his hard-hitting game against England.
Couldn’t have found a better partner to watch this together after 15 years 👶 🏏 #15YearsOfSixSixes… https://t.co/9cXxPkK5H2
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) 1663561697000
But what happened later was unprecedented in the game’s shortest format. Stuart Broad, who came on to play 19th, was crushed for 6,6,6,6,6,6. Flintoff and Yuvraj had a fight and it was Broad who paid the price.
The pacer was smashed all over the park, with a six going to the cow corner, the second a hit to the back square leg, the third being a hit to the extra coverage area. The fourth ball saw Yuvraj smash a full throw to the backspot area, making it four sixes in a row. The southpaw smashed the fifth ball into the midwicket area. The final and historic sixth six was hit in the middle of the region, much to the delight of Indian fans in the crowd.
With this, he also reached his half century, the fastest in the history of T20I cricket, in just 12 balls.
“And he put it away…YES! Six sixes in an over. Yuvraj Singh finishes things off in style!” those words from commentator and former cricketer Ravi Shastri were the finishing touch this remarkable moment needed and deserved. Those words still resonate in the ears of millions of fans.
Thanks to those sixes, India finished things at 218/4 from 20 overs, with Yuvraj scoring 58 from just 16 balls with three fours and seven sixes and a massive strike rate of 362.50. Contributions from fly-half Gautam Gambhir (58) and Virender Sehwag (68) also helped Men in Blue to that tally.
Chasing 219, England could only score 200/6 in their 20 overs. Shots from Vikram Solanki (43) and Kevin Pietersen (39) were solid, but pacer Irfan Pathan (3/37) and RP Singh (2/28) kept control of the running flow to help Team India win the match by 18 points.