Tejas Rathi ∙ Sep 19 2022, 3:30 AM

#OTD in 2007: Yuvraj Singh smokes 6 sixes off Stuart Broad's over

image-l87q4hmjYuvraj Singh in action during his record-breaking innings (PC: Twitter)

On this day, fifteen years ago, Yuvraj Singh smoked six sixes off England pacer Stuart Broad's over in the T20 World Cup at Durban. 

In this pursuit, Yuvraj hit the fastest fifty in the T20Is off 12 balls, which is still yet to be breached by any player. 

Furthermore, the southpaw became the first batter to achieve this unique feat in the shortest format, and the second player in international cricket after Herschelle Gibbs

Yuvraj gets triggered from Flintoff to create history

Batting first, India got a thunderous start with Gautam Gambhir (58) and Virender Sehwag (68) at their absolute best to add 136 runs for the first wicket. 

image-l87ruos8Yuvraj and Flintoff get engaged in a spat (PC: Twitter)

With a little more than three overs to go, Yuvraj arrived at the crease and smashed two boundaries against Andrew Flintoff, which certainly irked the Englishman. After the completion of the over, Flintoff sledged the left-hander, by terming both of them dash shots, and lacking potency. 

The spat continued, with Flintoff even warning Yuvraj to cut his throat off after the fixture. The Indian batter was infuriated by this comment and responded by waving his bat against Flintoff, with the umpires coming in between to put the matter to rest. 

In the penultimate over, Yuvraj spurred by comments from Flintoff was pumped to send balls all over the park. The first ball by Broad was sent to the deep mid-wicket area, followed by a glorious flick off 111 yards towards the backward square-leg. 

With high bat lift and a sublime flow, the Prince of Punjab then launched a six over the long-off region. In the fourth ball, Broad came around the wicket, to just witness Yuvraj slapping a six over the point. 

The youngster Broad was hapless, as he changed his side again under-pressure to deliver a half-volley, which was sent into the night sky by the invigorated Yuvraj. 

With enough confidence and zeal, the then 25-year-old connected the sixth ball cleanly to land it in the stands at the long-on to etch his name into the history books. 

Yuvraj's knock of 58 off 16, comprising seven sixes and three fours helped India to post 218 on the board. 

In response, England came close to finish on 200, in their designated quota of 20 overs. 

This victory was critical for the Men in Blue to seal the semis spot, and ultimately win the trophy. 

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