Team India’s dashing all-rounder, Yuvraj Singh etched his name into the record books by hitting six consecutive sixes in an over off a hapless Stuart Broad during India vs England T20 match of the inaugural ICC World T20 in South Africa on September 19, 2007.
Well, since then, many stories related to it have surfaced over the years and the most successful one has been that it was Andrew Flintoff, who provoked Yuvraj which led him to create the world record.
But, it’s not true! Yuvraj himself has revealed the truth behind smashing Stuart Broad for 6 sixes in an over.
In the latest episode of Breakfast With Champions, hosted by famous TV presenter Gaurav Kapoor, Yuvraj was quoted as saying, “I can only tell you my version of the story. Everyone talks about those 6 sixes. I was hit for 5 sixes by Dimitri Mascarenhas. And that day, whatever happened with Flintoff, he bowled well, I hit good shots. So he took a dig at me! So people said, ‘Flintoff said something and that’s why Yuvraj hit 6 sixes.”
Adding further to the story, Yuvraj said, “Even if he hadn’t said that, I feel that on that day I would have hit those sixes because of the way I was hitting the ball. There are some days when you know actually what’s going to happen. So I was able to calculate that. I actually felt that this is where the ball’s going to come because with the field setting. I got hit earlier, I know how pressure is. So I kept on the pressure.”
When asked by Gaurav whether it was indeed the fact of being hit for 5 sixes the actual reason why he could hit 6 sixes in an over, Yuvi responded in positive. He cited how he smashed Broad to all parts of the park.
“Exactly! Because, Now I got hit for 3 sixes. Now, Dimitri Mascarenhas knew that I wasn’t going to ball slow. So he was waiting for that fast ball. So he hit me in the same rhythm. I knew that Broad won’t aim for anything but a yorker. Because he’s under pressure right now. He has to bowl a yorker. He has to get it there. And I think that was the reason of hitting 6 balls in six different directions,” conceded the southpaw.