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Beating four-time World Champions is special: Yuvraj

india Updated: Mar 25, 2011 01:27 IST
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In-form Yuvraj Singh on Thursday rated India's victory over Australia as special and said the pressure of playing the four-time World Cup champions was something he seldom experienced before.

Yuvraj was the stand out player in the quarterfinal here, hitting a sublime 57 off 65 balls and picking up two wickets. The stylish batsman has also had a dream World Cup so far with four fifties and a hundred to his name in seven matches. He was adjudged the Man of the Match for the fourth time in this edition.

"I don't know about hitting any purple patch, but the pressure today of playing Australia was something else," said Yuvraj.

"I don't know what is going to happen next, but beating the four-time world champions was special."

India were at a precarious 187 for five when Yuvraj and Suresh Raina set up a match-winning partnership of 74 runs in 61 balls. Yuvraj praised his partner and said he was confident of chasing the total till the two were together.

"When Dhoni got out, I knew we still had Raina to come, and thought if we added 40-odd runs it would be good. I know Raina was there and we had to do the job."

When asked about his form, Yuvraj said: "It has been a tough last year. It turned around with the half century against England in the group stages in the World Cup.

"I am hitting the ball well and sticking to the policy of hitting it straight and keeping it down the ground. I hope it continues in the remaining matches."

Talking about the mix-up with Gautam Gambhir, leading to the latter's run out, Yuvraj said he had told the Delhi batsman in jest that he was no Virender Sehwag to run like him.

Yuvraj said it was his fault and he apologised to Gambhir.

"I told Gautam I am no Virender Sehwag, I can't run like that ... Well, may be it was my fault and I apologised."