Yuvraj Singh has consistently been one of India’s greatest Limited Overs players. The Series of the 2011 Cricket World Cup is recognised him as a Man of the Series. His capacity to execute on the big stage and under pressure situations was unrivalled. Here are the top ten best performances of Yuvraj Singh, one of India’s best cricketers.
T20 World Cup 2007, 58(16) vs England
The first performance that springs to mind when we hear the name Yuvraj Singh is the 6 6’s in an over-off Stuart Broad in the Super 8 match against England in the first T20 World Cup 2007 in South Africa.
Yuvraj Singh achieved the milestone in the 19th over of the innings, reaching 50 off just 12 balls, a record that still stands for the fastest T20I half-century. Yuvraj hit 58 off 16 balls with 7 sixes in that match, setting another record for the highest SR in an innings of more than 30 runs in T20Is in a match between two ODI sides.
In this match India have scored 218/4. England were restricted to 200/6 from their 20 overs, and India won by 18 runs.
70(30) against Australia at the T20 World Cup 2007 Semi finals
In the semi-finals of the 2007 T20 World Cup, India faced Australia, which was coming off a World Cup victory earlier that year.
India got off to a shaky start, reaching 41/2 off 8 overs before Yuvraj Singh entered the fray. Yuvraj then crushed Stuart Clark for a six off the second ball he faced, and he never looked back. Yuvraj scored 70 off 30 balls with 5 fours and 5 sixes before being bowled out in the 18th over.
With Yuvraj Singh’s help, India scored 147 runs off the final 12 overs to win by 15 runs after keeping Australia to 173/7 from 20 overs to set up a final with Pakistan, which India subsequently beat to take the inaugural T20 World Cup title.
84(80) against Australia in the ICC Knockout 2000 Quarter-finals
Following the match-fixing controversy that shook the Indian cricket team in 2000, which resulted in the suspension of several key players, India sought a fresh start in the ICC Knockout 2000. India having won the U19 World Cup earlier in the year, and the tournament’s MVP, Yuvraj Singh, was selected for the ICC Knockouts.
While this was not Yuvraj Singh’s first match, he had made his debut in India’s first-round encounter against Kenya, it was the first time he stepped out to bat. Yuvraj Singh then provided a look into the future of Indian cricket, slamming McGrath, Brett Lee, and Gillespie to hit 84 off 80 balls and herald his entrance on the international scene with a bang.
With the help of Yuvraj Singh, India scored 265/9 off 50 overs and won by 20 runs after bowling Australia out for 245.
2011 World Cup, 113(123) vs West Indies
Yuvraj Singh scored 113 from 123 balls in India’s final group stage match against the West Indies in the 2011 World Cup.
Yuvraj Singh entered the fray when India was 51/2 off 8.3 overs and went on to record a 122-run stand with Virat Kohli. While India slumped in the final overs from 218/3 to 268 all-out, losing the last 7 wickets for 50 runs, Yuvraj Singh’s efforts ensured that India secured a strong total and a critical World Cup win as West Indies were all out for 188, giving India an 80-run victory.
57(65) * vs Australia in the 2011 World Cup Quarter-Finals
Yuvraj and playing against Australia in knockout matches in ICC events appeared to be a match made in heaven, and following ICC Knockouts in 2000 and the T20 World Cup semi-finals in 2007, Yuvraj Singh had another remarkable performance against Australia in an ICC competition.
India was 143/3 off 28.3 overs when Yuvraj stepped in, but it quickly became 187/5 off 37.3 overs, with India still requiring 74 off 75 balls as the run-chase grew difficult.
Yuvraj Singh then had an unbroken 74-ball 61-ball partnership with Suresh Raina as India won by 5 wickets.
138(78) * versus England, Rajkot 2008
Yuvraj Singh demonstrated why he was one of the finest power-hitters in international cricket of his time in the first ODI of a seven-match series against England, which was ultimately reduced to five matches.
What makes this innings even more remarkable is that Yuvraj Singh was batting with an ailing back and had his back bandaged, yet he was still smashing monster sixes.
Yuvraj Singh hammered 138 off 78 balls with 16 4’s and 6 6’s, scoring 100 runs on boundaries alone and scoring at a strike rate of 176, which will be a fantastic strike rate in T20Is as well as ODIs.
85* vs. England in Chennai in 2008
The first inclusion in this list comes from a Test match in Chennai in 2008, when India chased down 387 to defeat England. The nation was shaken by the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008, which also reduced the above-mentioned ODI series from 7 to 5 after India led 5-0. In the Test match, though, England appeared to be reversing their fortunes after setting India a goal of 387 in approximately 3.5 periods.
With an 83-ball knock, Virender Sehwag provided India a good start and laid the groundwork for a triumph. However, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh added the final touches. As the chase became increasingly difficult, Yuvraj Singh stepped out to join Sachin Tendulkar with the score at 224/4 and India still needing 163 runs to win.
Sachin Tendulkar struck 103* and Yuvraj Singh supported him with an 85* knock to ensure India didn’t lose any more wickets and finally won by 6 wickets to complete their second-best run chase in Tests after the 406-run chase against the West Indies in Port of Spain in 1976.
Cuttack 2017: 150(127) against England
Yuvraj Singh hit a match-winning 150 in the second ODI of the three-match ODI series against England in 2017. This was also Yuvraj Singh’s first and only ODI century after his cancer recovery in 2011.
After being sent in to bat by England, India was 25/3 from 4.4 overs when Yuvraj Singh took over and provided a taste of what he is renowned for, smashing England bowlers to score 150 off 127 balls. Yuvraj Singh had a chance to hit an ODI 200 with 7 overs remaining when he was out, but he was still selected for the Champions Trophy in 2017 with a knock of 150.
Regarding the match, Yuvraj Singh’s knock led India to a total of 381/6 off 50 overs, and India finally won by 15 runs after England put up a valiant run chase, scoring 366/8 off 50 overs.
Rajkot 2013: 77(35) * versus Australia
The only T20I played between India and Australia in 2013 came before the legendary India-Australia ODI series that changed the game. After being sent in to bat, Australia scored 201/7 in 20 overs, setting India a target of 202.
When Yuvraj got into bat, India was 80/3 off 8.3 overs, which quickly became 100/4 off 11.1 overs, with India still needing 102 off 53 balls to win. That’s when Yuvraj Singh took control, smashing 77* off 35 balls with 8 fours and 5 sixes to help India win by 6 wickets with 2 balls to spare.
Mohali 2009, 60(25) * vs Sri Lanka
India achieved their best run chase in T20Is in the second T20I against Sri Lanka in 2009, a record that stands after 12 years.
After winning the toss, Sri Lanka batted first and reached 206/7 off 20 overs. India had 108/2 from 11 overs as Yuvraj Singh stepped into bat, still needing 99 off 54 balls to win. Yuvraj Singh then hammered 60 off 25 balls with three fours and five sixes as India knocked down the mark with five balls to spare. Yuvraj Singh then ended the run-chase with a six.
Yuvraj Singh’s 69-ball century in the Natwest 2002 final, when he and Mohammad Kaif both produced stunning hundreds to enable India chase down 326 after being 146/5 to win the Natwest series in 2002, is also worthy of attention.