The T20 format is often credited for changing the dynamics of modern-day cricket; however, when it started the confusion was amongst experts whether it would be accepted the way Test and ODI were acknowledged by the fans. But the inaugural World Cup of the shortest format cleared all the doubts and strengthened the belief that this format is here to stay.
The young players from all the teams took over the responsibility to present the fans a completely fresh experience. The Indian side also had a similar story as the seniors stepped back and juniors took over from there. Under the new leadership of MS Dhoni, a young team entered the contest and won the first edition.
There were so many game-changers from different teams who helped the T20 format to take it to new heights, but Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes in an over entirely transformed the mindset of cricket fans, and they wholeheartedly greeted the shortest format with both hands.
Yuvraj’s derring-do came against England after he smashed pacer Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over. Then, Yuvi played a match-winning knock of 70 runs off just 30 deliveries against the mighty Australia in the semi-final.
It was an unbelievable performance, and recently Yuvraj has revealed that questions were raised on his bat after the knock. The Chandigarh-born said that the then Australia coach raised a doubt in respect to the presence of fibre in his bat.
“The Australian coach at that time came to me and had asked if there was a fibre behind my bat and asked if it was legal. Has the match referee checked it? So I told him to get it checked. Even Gilchrist asked me like who used to make our bats,” Yuvraj told SportsTak.
Yuvraj stated that the bat he used in 2007 WC and the one in 2011 will always be special for him.
“So match referee had also checked my bat. But honestly, that bat was very special for me. I have never played with a bat like that. That one and the 2011 World Cup bat, there were special,” added the 38-year-old.
With 12 sixes, Yuvraj finished as the second-highest six-hitter in the tournament. The Punjab cricketer accumulated 148 runs in 6 games and was the third-highest run-scorer for India in the 2007 WC.