Yuvraj Singh, popularly known as Sixer King, could not sleep through the night before his debut innings. He told how the captain Sourav Ganguly played a joke with him the night before the match. Yuvraj Singh scored 84 runs in his first international innings.
Former India Test cricketer Yuvraj Singh has revealed that he could not sleep the whole night due to a joke made by captain Sourav Ganguly before his historic first innings in international cricket in the 2000 ICC Knockout Tournament.
At the ‘Home of Heroes’ event, Yuvraj told Sanjay Manjrekar that the evening before the match, Ganguly asked the 18-year-old if he was ready to play as an opener. Yuvraj said, “I told him that if he wants that, then I will definitely open. After that I could not sleep the whole night.”
Yuvraj made his debut against the hosts of the tournament, Kenya, but he did not bat in that match. The next morning Ganguly told him that he was joking and opened the innings with Sachin Tendulkar himself. India made 265 against world champions Australia, in which Yuvraj played a brilliant innings of 84 runs.
Recalling this match, Yuvraj said, “I was batting at number five and was under a lot of stress. However, by the time I got out to bat, my focus was only on the ball.”
In front of Yuvraj, names like Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, Brett Lee were present in the bowling order as well as Australia’s well-known sledging. He also got a lifeline on the score of 37. To this, Yuvraj said, “The quality of that bowling order was such that even if you told me today that I made only 37 in my first innings against Australia, I would have been satisfied. I was fortunate to have scored 84 and played a natural game.” Seeing the ball up close and hitting it hard. To beat Australia and win the player of the match title was a big deal for me.
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In this match, Yuvraj also contributed to the victory by running out Michael Bevan. India defeated South Africa in the semi-finals but lost to New Zealand despite captain Ganguly’s second consecutive century in the final. However, Yuvraj was the Player of the Tournament for India in both the winning campaigns of the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 50-over World Cup.