Yuvraj Singh’s fiery knock against Pakistan in Champions Trophy lauded by greats

From Adam Gilchrist to Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj Singh was praised by a number of cricketers as he played a crucial factor in India’s 124-run win over Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 11, 2017 21:48 IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Yuvraj Singh scored a 32-ball 53 for India vs Pakistan in a ICC Champions Trophy 2017 clash.(AP)

Yuvraj Singh scored a classic half-century as India thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs (D/L) in their inaugural ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Group B game at Edgbaston on Sunday. His effort was lauded by greats like Adam Gilchrist. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS, India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: IND win big)

After being put in to bat first by Pakistan, Rohit Sharma (91) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) had set the perfect platform for the batsmen to come and make mayhem but by the time the two departed, India were scoring at just around 5.27 runs per over.

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That scenario changed drastically as Yuvraj Singh took on the opposition bowling attack at will and scored a quickfire 32-ball 53 to change the course of the match. Skipper Virat Kohli (81*) also paced his innings well, starting off slowly before stepping on the pedal.

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This was Yuvraj’s first match in an ICC tournament since the World Cup final in Mumbai back in 2011 but the old warhorse came out in flying colours, proving he’s still got a lot of cricket left in him and the ability to shine when it matters most. Yuvraj, who was adjudged as the man-of-the-tournament back in 2011 was adjudged as the man-of-the-match on Sunday. This was also his ninth man-of-the-match award at an ICC event — the second-most by an Indian after Sachin Tendulkar.

Such was Yuvraj’s class and flamboyance that none of the Pakistani bowlers managed to curb his attacking mode as he studded his knock with eight boundaries and a gigantic six. By the time he was dismissed by Hasan Ali in the 47th over, India were just 15 short of reaching 300. No one could help but praise the genius of this man, with a few taking to Twitter to congratulate the veteran.

First Published: Jun 05, 2017 17:07 IST