Yuvraj Singh scored 58 off 16 balls, hitting four boundaries and seven maximums against England in Durban 10 years ago today.
On 19th September, 2007, India’s Yuvraj Singh became the first-ever batsman to send six balls over the boundary in a row for the first time in a T20I. He hammered England’s Stuart Broad to every corner of the ground in the 19th over of the match.
He achieved it in a first-class match against Glamorgan for Nottinghamshire back in 1968. Ravi Shastri was the first Indian and second overall to do so. The current India coach did so against Baroda while representing Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1985. Since then Alex Hales, Mishbah-ul-Haq, Ross Whiteley have all hammered 36 runs from 6 balls in first class games.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 19, 2017
India were 171/3 when Broad came onto ball. Yuvraj backed away and heaved the ball over deep-midwicket for the first six. The next ball was bowled around middle and leg and Yuvraj had no problem to flick it off his pads for six more – wristy! The camera panned to Flintoff and he was seen shaking his head but that was not it. The next ball was pitched up and he played a classical lofted cover drive for the third maximum between long-off and covers. ‘Absolute carnage,’ said Shastri in the commentary box. Broad had no idea about what to do and he changed the angle to come round the wicket, only to bowl a waist height full-toss and Yuvi obliged by depositing it over the point boundary. 4 in 4.
Now, a clueless Broad changed the angle again and went over the wicket. He bowled an off-stump line just around the mid-pitch mark and the result was the same. This time over deep square leg. 5-in-a-row.