Yuvraj Singh is known for his heroics in big tournaments where it matters the most, his cricketing career of 25 years is studded with great knocks, match-winning catches, and a battle of life with cancer followed by a comeback to the national side.
He was crowned as the Sixer King after his assault on English pacer Stuart Broad in the 2007 T20 world cup in South Africa, but that was just one of the highlights of the career of this stylish and flamboyant southpaw from Punjab.
Yuvraj Singh’s career is as heroic as his batting style and his fielding ability on the field. He was a talented youngster right from the beginning and we all have seen the movie on another great game, MS Dhoni, where his 300 + score in an under-19 domestic tournament was showcased. Here we are listing the Top 5 Innings Of Yuvraj Singh’s Career as a tribute to the legend.
84 against Australia | Champions Trophy 2000-01
This was Yuvraj Singh’s announcement of his arrival on the big stage of world cricket and that too in the ICC championship trophy against the best side in the world of the time. It was a knockout tournament and India was playing against Australia in the 1st quarter-final in Nairobi. Yuvraj Singh debuted in the same tournament against Kenya. His 84 in 80 balls with 12 fours was the highest score from India’s total of 265 which helped them win the match and knock Australia out of the tournament.
139 against Australia | Sydney 2004
Yuvraj Singh demolished the Australian bowling attack many times in his career this was one such instance. This match saw Yuvi’s all-out assault and hard-hitting against the Aussies was a blissful sight for cricket fans in this match. He scored 139 of 122 balls including 16 fours and 2 typical signature sixes. India posted 296 on the board with Yuvraj being the highest scorer from the side. This inning was played in typical Yuvraj Singh style and showcased his stylish strokeplay at its best.
150 against England | Rajkot 2017
This inning came towards the end of Yuvraj Singh’s career after he fought lung cancer disease came back to the team got dropped and then returned again after performing in domestic tournaments. This match also saw another heroics by MS Dhoni, the 2 seasoned middle-order batsman of Indian cricket. The Indian team was 3 down for 25 when Yuvraj and Dhoni started their assault. This is the highest score by Yuvraj Singh in ODI’s and an emotional Yuvraj looked at his bat after completing his century. He thumped his heart with the bat which shows the passion with which this man played the game and loved to perform for his team whenever they needed him the most. He scored 150 of 127 balls with 21 fours and 3 huge sixes.
57 against Australia | World Cup 2011 Quarterfinals
Yuvraj Singh was the man of the tournament in India’s triumph in the 2011 world cup and that is why he is called the man of big tournaments. Singh played this inning in the quarter-finals of the tournament to knock the Aussies out of the world cup and end their 12-year world cup winning streak. Australia posted 260 on board with Ricky Ponting’s century. India comfortably chased down the target with Yuvraj Singh scoring his half-century and taking the team through with a glorious boundary through the covers. Yuvraj Singh responsibly anchored the team total across the line in this match and celebrated in an iconic manner that shows how important this win was, many saw his celebration as the redemption for the loss of the 2003 world cup final loss in South Africa.
70 against Australia | T20 Word Cup Semifinals 2007
70 of 30 balls in a world cup semifinal including 5 sixes and 5 fours. This inning was demolishing act by Yuvraj Singh on the Australian team that again resulted in getting the Aussies out of the tournament. Notice how many knock-out punches Yuvraj Singh delivered against the Australian team over his career. This inning was special as throughout the innings there was never ever a dull moment when Yuvraj Singh’s assault on the bowlers paused. Pure clean hitting was a sight on that day and Yuvraj Singh again proved to be a man of big tournaments.
There are many other innings from Yuvraj Singh’s career that were played at crucial times for instance some honorary mentions can be 58 of 16 balls against England including 7 sixes, 113 of 123 balls against West Indies in the 2011 world cup, 112 of 129 balls in the first innings against Pakistan in 2004, and 83 of 38 balls in IPL 2014 against Rajasthan Royals. The champion player was a match-winner for India with his bat ball and fielding skills throughout his career.