Brutal Yuvi

Published: Monday, December 31, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Yuvraj SinghYuvraj wrecked havoc on Stuart little Broad carting him for six sixes in an over after having spurred by comments made by Freddie Flint just before that fateful over. Yuvi hit baby Broad all over the park from backward point to extra covers to long-on to mid-wicket to square-leg oops..  There can never have been a more eloquent bat than Yuvraj's.

It certainly drew admiration from the defeated England captain, Paul Collingwood. "The best striking I've ever seen," he declared. In the post-match press meeting, Yuvraj modestly played down the comparison with Sir Garfield Sobers. "A lot of people tell me I bat like him (Garry Sobers), but I'm not even halfway there. But it's a great feeling when people tell you that."

He also claimed that the fifth six was a mis-hit. "The first one was the longest one. Second one was, I think, square; third one was long-off; fourth was over point; fifth was a mis-hit over midwicket and sixth was again to long-on."

18.1 Broad to Yuvraj, SIX, that's out the ground, super shot over mid-wicket and it just kept going up.

18.2 Broad to Yuvraj,  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, SIX, he's hitting them everywhere, he steps to leg and smashes the ball over extra-cover and it keeps on traveling. The fireworks start on top of the scoreboard and they've been going off in the middle for some time.

18.4 Broad to Yuvraj, 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, SIX, down on one knee and larruped over mid-wicket, 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, SIX, and he has, Yuvi leans back and smacks that over wide mid-on. It was the maximum from the moment it left that bat and the crowd was roaring as it flew.

The year 2007 certainly belongs to stylish southpaw who has cemented his place both in ODI and Test squad with a string of fine knocks...


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