Sachin was at the crease after scoring 194 runs and Rahul Dravid declared the innings… Yuvraj told the whole story


New Delhi. 29 March 2004, an unforgettable day for Indian fans. On this day, opener Virender Sehwag became the first Indian to score a triple century in Test cricket. Amidst Sehwag’s blazing innings, the then captain Rahul Dravid decided to declare the Indian innings, while the legendary Sachin Tendulkar was then frozen at the crease after scoring 194 runs. Yuvraj Singh was also present on the field at that time who was batting with Sachin Tendulkar. India won that first match of the series against Pakistan by an innings and 52 runs.

Yuvraj Singh Remembered this day in the ‘Home of Heroes’ program on Sports18 channel and shared the full story. He said in a special conversation, ‘We got a message in the middle that we have to play fast, and we are going to declare the innings.’ He also said that 1-2 overs was not going to make much difference in the match but the decision to declare the innings was taken.

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After reaching his first Test fifty, Yuvraj was out and captain Dravid declared the innings. Yuvraj scored 59 runs in his innings of 66 balls with the help of 8 fours. Sachin was then on a personal score of 194 runs and was present at the crease. Sachin played 348 balls in the first innings and hit 21 fours.

40-year-old Yuvraj said, ‘He (Sachin) could have scored 6 runs in another over and we bowled 8-10 overs after that. I don’t think 1-2 overs will make any difference in a Test match. Yuvraj closely watched Sachin’s dismay at Dravid’s call.

Yuvi, who played 40 Test matches in his career, further said, ‘If it was the third or fourth day, you would have to put the team first. They would have declared when you were at 150. There are differences of opinion on this. I think the team could have declared the innings after Sachin completed 200 runs. Yuvraj scored a century in the next Test in Lahore and scored over 200 runs in the three-Test series at an impressive average of 57.50.

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Yuvraj also said that he did not get a chance to travel a long way in Test cricket. He said, ‘If you compare that era with today’s era, you can see that players get 10-15 matches. Then the middle order was so strong. You look at that era, as Veeru started an innings. After that Dravid, Sachin, Ganguly and Laxman. I scored a century in Lahore and in the next Test I was asked to open. His Test career was limited to only 40 matches.

Yuvraj says, ‘Finally, when I got a chance to play Test cricket after Dada’s (Sourav Ganguly) retirement, I got cancer. It was just bad luck. I tried 24×7. I wanted to play 100 Test matches, face those fast bowlers and bat for two days. I gave everything, but maybe it was not going to be possible.

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