September 19, 2007, is a date Yuvraj Singh will never forget. He will not forget the Kingsmead stadium either.
The Punjab powerhouse hit England’s Stuart Broad at this ground in the Twenty20 World Cup for six sixes in an over to become the second batsman in international cricket to make the impossible possible. Herschelle Gibbs was the first, subjecting Holland’s DLS van Bunge to the same treatment in the 2007 World Cup.
“It’s nice to be back here, everybody is talking about it. The accolades I am getting here is great and probably greater than what I get in India. It makes me feel at home,” Yuvraj told HT.
Everybody apart, what does he think looking back? “Hitting a fast bowler for six sixes in an over is totally different from doing the same against a spinner. It will remain with me for the rest of my life.”
Yuvraj obliged when asked to take us through that over. “It was the second-last over and I was in an aggressive frame of mind after having an argument with Andrew Flintoff. I wanted to hit every ball out of the ground, although the thought of six out of six crossed my mind only after the fourth one,” he recalled.
Over to Yuvraj
Broad tried to bowl a yorker but didn't get it right. It was still a good ball and I hit it over long-on.
This time it was slightly short of good length and I made good connection to hit it over square-leg.
He tried to fire in a yorker again but got the line wrong and pitched it outside off stump. It helped me go over long-off.
Once again he tried for a yorker and messed it up. It was a high full toss and I hit it over point.
This was a good ball, a difficult one to hit square of the wicket because of the length. It was actually a mis-hit which went over mid-wicket.
This was similar to the first ball. He was looking for the yorker and got it wrong again. I had no problem in going over long-on.”
During that over, did he think of Dimitri Mascarenhas, who had hit him for five successive sixes in an over in a 50-over match in England a few months back?
“I wasn't thinking about that but I did try to look at him. I don't think he looked at me. I would have smiled had we exchanged glances,” Yuvraj said. Mascarenhas for sure wouldn't have enjoyed that