One of India’s greatest all-rounders in limited overs cricket, Yuvraj Singh has finally bowed out of international cricket. In a coveted career that spanned almost two decades, Yuvraj struck several match-winning innings that will forever be etched in the memories of fans.
Looking back at the flamboyant left-hander’s top achievements, these are four of his finest performances that cemented his status as a great in white-ball format.
69 vs England, Natwest Series 2002 Final
This was the innings that announced Yuvraj’s class to the world, as the young electrifying batsman took the center stage alongside Mohammad Kaif and led India to one of their best ODI triumphs. Chasing a record target at the time of 326, Yuvi scored a brisk 69 off 63 that pulled off a miraculous victory against England at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s.
58 vs England, World T20 2007
Thundering his dominance in cricket’s first World T20, Yuvraj’s lightning blitz floored the English cricket team as he galvanized India’s T20 campaign. Channeling his aggression to the extreme, Yuvraj smashed six sixes in an over versus Stuart Broad and brought up his fifty in 12 balls – still the fastest in T20s.
57* & 2/44 vs Australia, World Cup 2011
The 2011 World Cup was all about Yuvraj’s swagger and unwavering consistency. He was declared the player of the tournament and was the chief architect of India’s World Cup win. His most significant contribution came during the quarter-final against defending champions Australia, as he struck a fiery half-century to lead his team to a semi-final berth.
72 vs Pakistan, 2012
Following the 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj was soon diagnosed with cancer but he came back hard and fought his way back into the team. Despite the setbacks in his personal life, the left-hander was at his brutal best against archrivals Pakistan in the home series in 2012. He even smashed Saeed Ajmal for 3 consecutive sixes during his 36-ball 72 in the second T20.