Yuvraj Singh has become the fifth Indian cricketer to achieve the landmark of playing in 300 one-day international (ODI) matches on Thursday. He has joined the elite club of Sachin Tendulkar (463), Sourav Ganguly (311), Rahul Dravid (344), and Mohammad Azharuddin (334). On this huge occasion Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to congratulate the batsman who was not so long ago battling a life-threatening cancer ailment. Tendulkar was all praise for the Prince of Punjab and said that he is a personification of resilience. He wrote, If there’s one word that personifies @YUVSTRONG12, it’s resilience and he embodies this spirit”.
It’s been 17 long years since Yuvi was first called on to wear the Blue Jersey. In these 17 years, Singh has scored 8622 runs at an average of 36.84 with 14 hundred and 52 half-centuries. So let’s take a walk down memory lane and recall a few memorable knocks of Yuvraj Singh.
1) Australia Vs India, 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy, Quater-Final
Even though he made his debut in 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy against Kenya, Singh is known for his spectacular 84 of 80 balls against the Australian team in Nairobi. India was in a difficult situation after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid departed in first seven overs. The 19-year old Yuvi then walked in and with his punchy innings, India reached a total of 265/9 in 50 overs. 48 of his 84 runs came in the form of boundaries. In the fielding department, he first took a great catch to send back Ian Harvey to the pavilion and then dismissed the Aussies in-form batsman, Michael Bevan. India went on to win the quarter-final and Yuvi was awarded the man of the match award.
2) England vs India, 2002 Tri-series, Final:
this match is famous for Sourav Ganguly celebrating the Tri-Series win against England by taking off his shirt at Lord’s. But it is also famous for the historic Yuvi-Mohammed Kaif partnership that made this win possible. England had set a big target of 326 and Tendulkar’s dismissal for 14 had put India on spot. The man on the mission then was Yuvraj Singh. Yuvi’s 69 off 63 balls featured nine fours and a six and it had taken all the sting out of the England bowling attack. His top-edging a sweep shot off Paul Collingwood spoke volumes and then Kaif had finished the match to help India clinch the ODI trophy.
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3) England vs India, T20 World Cup, Group Stage:
India had started off well with both Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir scoring a half-century. But yet again it was Yuvraj, who with Dhoni was eyeing a big finish. After an exchange of words with Andrew Flintoff after the 18-over, he picked Stuart Broad as his prey. Yuvraj from the very first ball of Broad started hitting sixes. First over the mid-wicket and then all around the stadium. Yuvraj’s 12-ball half-century is a record in all forms of international cricket. India defeated England in the group stage.