“I will rip your neck off!”- Yuvraj Singh opens up on heated banter with Flintoff
Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has produced truly golden moments in his heydays. The elegant southpaw has entertained the fans with blistering sixes and the one that stays forever in the hearts of cricket fans is his ferocious six-hitting against England’s Stuart Broad in the 2007 T20 World Cup.
Yuvraj Singh etched his name in the record books as he became the fastest batsman to score a fifty off just 12 deliveries. The best part of his innings was when he smashed 6 sixes in an over off Stuart Broad. This is certainly one of the memorable moments in the history of Indian cricket.
Before when Yuvraj hit 6 sixes, it was England’s Andrew Flintoff who charged him up a bit. A few words were exchanged between Yuvraj and Flintoff. What happened next was history as Yuvraj went to hit all the six balls for sixes off Stuart Broad’s bowling.
On the podcast, ’22 Yarns with Gaurav Kapur’, the 2011 World Cup winner had explained how his war of words with Flintoff helped him get flared up and hit 6 sixes in an over.
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“I remember I hit two good boundaries off Flintoff which he obviously didn’t like. He said something to me and I said something back. He told me, ‘Come here I will rip your neck off’. So I said, ‘You know where my bat would go’. It was quite a serious fight at that time. I just felt like I wanted to hit every ball out of the park,” Yuvraj Singh revealed.
The former Indian cricketer also gave a clear-cut explanation of every single six that he smashed off Broad in that over. Yuvraj ended up scoring 58 off 16 balls including 3 fours and 7 sixes. In the end, he was dismissed by Flintoff in the penultimate ball of the 20th over but the damage was already done.
India won the game by 18 runs and Yuvraj was named the man of the match. India went on to win the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 tournament in South Africa by beating Pakistan in the final.
“Luckily, the first ball I hit (off Broad) went out of the park. The second ball I hit, went in the crowd. Third ball I hit over point, where I hadn’t even hit a boundary in my career. Collingwood came and told Broad to keep bowling yorkers to me outside off-stump because the off-side was big.
But Broad thought of bowling into my legs. So when he decided to do that, I knew he was in trouble. The fifth ball hit the toe of my bat, it was a small boundary that went over Flintoff. Sixth ball I knew he has to bowl a yorker. So I was ready to hit it straight and it was in my arc. My first look was to Flintoff, giving him a cheeky smile,” Yuvraj concluded.