On the day of hanging up his cricket boots, Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh on Monday, reminisced the day his then-skipper Sourav Ganguly asked him to open the batting line by replacing Rahul Dravid in 2000 Nairobi match against Australia, saying he hoped to repay the 'prank' someday to Ganguly, addressing a press conference in Mumbai.
"The previous night, Sourav Ganguly told me that I will be opening. And Brett Lee, Mc Grath and Gillispie were bowling. I had to face three bowlers as I was opening. That night was a night of anxiety and I got up in the morning ready to open and he (Ganguly) said 'I was just joking. I was playing a prank on you.' I told him (Ganguly) that hopefully, I will repay this prank one day," he said, in response to Republic TV's question.
Speaking about facing the fast-paced Brett Lee in the match on the next day, he said that he felt more pressure off-field rather than on the field where he was in the zone.
"I remember that Brett Lee bowled the first over and the bouncer at (a speed of) 150 km/h came and at no.5 I was very mild and not wearing my pads then, I don't know what happened that day. There is less pressure when you go to bat than outside where there is more pressure. I always felt it. At the moment I was in the zone, it was just me and the ball," he added.
In that particular match which was his debut match as a batsman, Yuvraj Singh scored 84 runs in 80 balls, before succumbing to the speedster Brett Lee. But he was still the highest scorer in the Indian side, where all his teammates failed to even reach 50 runs.
Throughout the press conference, he fielded many questions on his future plans, biopic plans, coaching plans. Incidentally, when asked who was his favourite captain he replied that it is 'Dada' adding that he has won the most championships with MS Dhoni.
"I think Sourav Ganguly under whom I started my career, is the most memorable. With MS Dhoni I have won many championships. I think definitely these two have been most memorable," he said.
After an illustrious 19-year old cricketer career, one of the world cricket's iconic players and a stalwart of Team India Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from International Cricket on Monday at a press conference in Mumbai. The highlights of his successful career included two World title triumphs (ICC World T20 in 2007 and ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011) and winning 'Player of the Tournament' in the 2011 World Cup.
He is most famous for the six sixes he hit in a single over against England's Stuart Broad in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 match after being fired up by a dispute with England's Andrew Flintoff.