Off all the banters in the world cricket, the clash between India’s Yuvraj Singh and England’s Andrew Flintoff will always remain fresh in the heart of the fans. During the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup, India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh brought the sky down when he fire Stuart Broad for six successive sixes. Recalling his memorable feat, Yuvraj Singh revealed what exactly the argument was between him and Andrew Flintoff.
In the 18th over of India’s innings, Yuvraj slammed back-to-back boundaries off Flintoff which infuriated the England all-rounder. He went on to have an altercation with Yuvraj and the duo had to be separated by the on-field umpires. Former captain MS Dhoni, who was batting in the middle with Yuvraj, also intervened.
It was not in my mind to hit six sixes – Yuvraj Singh
Following the argument, the stylish southpaw of India smashed six sixes in an over to create history. Recalling his memorable feat, Yuvraj revealed he wasn’t looking to go after Broad and dispatch him for six sixes but an on-field spat with Flintoff pumped him up to punish the England pacer.
“To be honest it was not on my mind to hit 5 sixes(Actually Six). But my argument will Flintoff got me infuriated,” Yuvraj Singh told Sports Tak.
Yuvraj added: “I had hit Flintoff for 2 boundaries on good deliveries and he did not like it. And after that over when I was walking to the other end. I can’t repeat exactly what he said. He told me that those were some ridiculous shots. So I asked him what did he say and had a confrontation.”
Here is what followed next:
Flintoff: I will cut your throat off!
Yuvraj: You see this bat in my hand. You know where I am gonna hit you with this bat?
After the argument, Yuvraj Singh decided to smash every ball out of the park. He is thankful that things went in favour of him on that special day at Kingsmead Durban.
“So the umpire interrupted us but I was very pumped after that argument and I had decided that I have to send every ball out of the park now. Luckily it was my day,” Yuvraj recalled.
In the process, he smashed a 12-ball half-century, which remains the fastest half-century till date in the shortest format of the game. The southpaw eventually finished on 58 (three 4s and seven 6s) in 16 balls as India amassed 218 for 4. In reply, England were restricted to 200 for 6 as India took the game home.