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World T20 Favourite Moments: Six sixes in one over

#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:

  • “18.1 Broad to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, that’s out the ground, super shot over cow corner and it just kept going up
  • 18.2 Broad to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, now that really is sweet, no more than a dismissive flick off his legs, swatting a fly, and the ball arcs deep into the crowd beyond backward square leg
  • 18.3 Broad to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, he’s hitting them everywhere, he steps to leg and smashes the ball over extra cover and it keeps on travelling … the fireworks start on top of the scoreboard … they’ve been going off in the middle for some time
  • 18.4 Broad to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Shiver me timbers!: Broad goes round the wicket, bowls a filthy wide full toss and Yuvraj steers it over backward point and it clears the rope again
  • 18.5 Broad to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, down on one knee and larruped over midwicket, that one was more nine iron, it went into the night sky and dropped with a thud in the jubilant crowd 
  • 18.6 Broad to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, and he has, Yuvraj leans back and smacks that over wide mid-on … it was the maximum from the moment it left that bat and the crowd were roaring as it flew”

Hostel rooms. Offices. Living rooms. Streets. Indians all over the world were all dancing to one tune – the sweet sound of the ball meeting Yuvi’s bat.

Yuvraj finished with 58 off 16 balls. His entire innings lasted 14 minutes. Three fours, seven sixes. He continues to hold the record for the fastest fifty in an international game.

India finished with a match winning total of 218/4. Broad finished with 0-60 off his 4 overs. And poor Freddie finished with egg on his face (though he did get Yuvraj out eventually)!

Here is the video of the amazing assault launched by Yuvraj on Stuart Broad.




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