#2: Six sixes in an over (Kingsmead, Durban, England v India, 19 September 2007)
Although India qualified for the super-eights after Favourite Moment #1, our campaign was thrown into disarray after a loss in the first super eight game against New Zealand. India had to win this game to have any hope of qualifying for the semi-finals. Again, this was a crunch situation.
India got off to a great start with quickfire fifties from both Gambhir and Sehwag. Out-of-form Yuvraj Singh was slated to come in at number 4, but instead skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked in to bat at the fall of the second wicket.
Yuvraj would have to wait to bat and he was not happy about it. Visibly agitated, he paced up and down in the dug-out. When the third wicket fell with the score at 155 in 16.4 overs, Yuvraj sprinted out to the middle.
Two deliveries from Andrew Flintoff in the 18th over were dispatched for boundaries. Flintoff apparently told him that he would smash his face. Obviously, that didn’t help his mood. Later, Yuvraj would later reveal in an interview what was exchanged between Flintoff and him.
Yuvraj’s bowling had been at the receiving end of five sixes in an over by Mascarenhas exactly two weeks ago.
There were 12 balls left in the innings. Six of those would be bowled by goldilocks, 20 year old Stuart Broad.
Here is an extract from Cricinfo’s ball by ball commentary for the 19th over of that innings: