Happy Birthday Yuvraj Singh: A look at 5 of his all-time records
First Published Dec 12, 2020, 11:58 AM IST
Yuvraj Singh is one of the most prolific cricketers to ever play for India and is also one of the most successful ones to be ever produced. He was famous for hitting six sixes in an over and holds numerous records in the sport, besides being twin ICC tournament winner.
When it comes to Yuvraj Singh, the first thing that strikes to one's mind is his instance of hitting six sixes in an over to English pacer, Stuart Broad, during the 2007 ICC World T20. However, there's so much more to it.
From helping India win the 2002 Natwest ODI series in England to assisting India to win twin ICC tournaments, Yuvraj has made a tremendous name for himself in the sport. He was also one of the most expensive players in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Although he might have called time on his career, his contributions to Indian cricket are highly valuable. As he celebrates his 39th birthday on Saturday, we take a look at some of his all-time records.
Youngest Indian to score a half-century in ICC ODI tournaments: Yuvraj was a sensation ever since his teenage days, as he had a knack of scoring high scores, in quick succession. Incidentally, he became the youngest Indian to score a half-century in an ICC ODI tournament, as he scored 84 against Australia during the 2000 Champions Trophy, at the age of 18 years and 300 days.
Fastest T20I half-century: Speaking of half-centuries, Yuvraj used to be a master of it, especially in the shortest format, as he holds the record of scoring the fastest one. The exact match against England, where he hit six sixes in an over, saw him scoring his 50 in just 12 deliveries. Not sure if and when this record would be broken.
An exceptional record in an ODI World Cup: Yuvraj's achievements in the limited-overs knows no boundaries. It was during the 2011 ICC World Cup he scored more than 300 runs at a startling average of 90.50. He also contributed heavily with the ball, claiming 15 wickets, despite playing as a specialist batsman. Consequently, he became the first player in the CWC history to do the same, as it also earned him the Player of the Tournament award.
Third-highest six-hitter in T20Is for India: Yuvi has hit 74 sixes in T20Is to date. Currently, he is only the third-highest six-hitter for the side in the format, while he used to be the record holder at a point, before being overtaken by Virat Kohli (81) and Rohit Sharma (127).
Most sixes in an over of international cricket: Speaking on the apparent record, he is the only player in the T20Is to hit six sixes in an over. Overall, he is the second player to do so in international cricket, after South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs did so in the same year during the ICC World Cup, against The Netherlands.
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