“It’s was great rollercoaster ride and beautiful story but it has to come to an end. It was the right time to go,” said an emotional Yuvraj Singh at the press conference in Mumbai on Monday while announcing his retirement from the game.
Yuvraj might have hung his boots but he was an integral part of the Indian team many years. The aggressive left-hander stamped authority in the very first ODI innings that he played against Australia. Here we take a look at some of his brilliant performances.
2000- ICC Knockout Trophy vs Australia
Yuvraj Singh had made his international debut against Kenya in ICC Knockout tournament but didn’t get a chance to bat. He batted against Australia in the next match and struck a fine 84 off just 80 deliveries before getting out to Brett Lee. India scored 265/9 in 50 overs and later restricted the Aussies to 245 to win the match by 20 runs.
2002 NatWest Final
India had registered a place in the NatWest trophy final in 2002 and played England in the final at Lord’s. India skipper Sourav Ganguly lost the toss and the hosts elected to bat first. Adding to India’s misery, England rode on individual tons from Marcus Trescothik and captain Nasser Hussain to post a mammoth 325/5 in 50 overs. In reply to this total India openers, Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly began proceedings well and put on a 106-run stand for the first wicket. But the visitors lost their way in the middle overs only to get reduced to 146/5 with likes of Sehwag, Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar back in the hut.
But Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif didn’t give up hope as the two stitched a partnership fof 121 runs for the sixth wicket. Yuvraj got out for 69 but played an important knock for his side as India eventually clinched victory in the final.
2006- India tour of Pakistan
This was the third ODI of the bilateral series between India and Pakistan in Lahore. Pakistan batted first and scored 288/8, courtesy a 108 by Shoaib Malik. India were off to a dismal start to their chase as they lost Gautam Gambhir and Irfan Pathan early. Sachin Tendulkar who opened the innings with Gambhir played a good innings but missed out on a hundred after getting dismissed for 95. India were eventually struggling at 190/5, still needing 99 runs in just over 15 overs when Yuvraj and MS Dhoni came together to steady the situation for their team. The two remained unbeaten and India won the match by 5 wickets with 14 balls to spare. Yuvraj scored 79*.
2011 World Cup Quarter-final vs Australia
Australia batted first in this match and riding on a ton from skipper Ricky Ponting, they scored 260/6 in 50 overs. India in reply kept losing wickets at regular intervals before Yuvraj Singh took charge of the situation and scored an unbeaten 57 to see his team through to victory.
2017- England tour of India
Yuvraj Singh notched his highest ODI score in 207 in Cuttack after he struck 150 runs against England. India put a big total of 381/6 on the board and later defeated England by 15 runs.