In his almost two-decade career, Yuvraj has been one of the biggest stalwarts in Indian cricket. He was a force to reckon with in the last decade when he was in his prime. As the veteran all-rounder is now in the twilight of his career and might end up announcing his retirement from International Cricket anytime soon, let's take a look at five moments that defined Yuvi's career.
1. A memorable batting debut against Australia in the ICC Knockout Trophy 2000 quarterfinal:
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It was not a great way for a then 18-year-old to begin as he came out to bat when India were in a spot of bother at 130-4 against Steve Waugh's Australia in the ICC Knockout Trophy 2000. Nonetheless, Yuvi decided to announce his arrival on the big stage by scoring an 80-ball 84 which took India to a competitive score of 265/9 in their 50 overs. In the end, it proved to be enough as India beat the mighty Australians by 20 runs.
2. The fightback knock against England in the Natwest Series final:
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Yuvraj Singh played arguably the best innings of his life against England in the 2002 Natwest Tri-Series final at Lord's. He had scored 69 and added 121 runs with Mohammad Kaif (87*) for the sixth wicket after India looked down and out at 146/5 during their run chase of 326. This partnership proved to be the turning point of the match as India went on to register a famous win.
3. The knock that ended the great Australian era:
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Yuvi's stellar all-round performances helped India win the World Cup after a long wait of 28 years. He finished as the 'Player of the Tournament' with 362 runs and 15 scalps in that showpiece event. The veteran all-rounder had stitched a match-winning 74-run stand with Suresh Raina against the mighty Australians in the quarterfinal after India had suffered a top-order collapse. His unbeaten 57 not only helped India reach the semis but also ended Australia's 12-year reign as the World Champions.
4. Six sixes in an over off Stuart Broad in the ICC World T20 2007:
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This was Yuvraj Singh at his very best in the inaugural ICC World T20 2007. He brought his A-game against England where he scored a 16-ball 58. The biggest highlight of this game was Yuvi's six sixes off Stuart Broad which is still etched in the memories of cricket fans. His explosive knock powered India to a huge total of 218/4 in 20 overs as India went on win the contest by 18 runs.
5. Highest score against England in 2017:
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This was the match where he registered his highest ODI score of 150 against England during Team India's home series in 2017. Yuvi added 256 runs with MS Dhoni for the fourth wicket after India were reduced to 25/3. Yuvi's splendid knock powered India to 381/6 in their 50 overs as India ended up winning the contest by 15 runs.