After beating England (2002) in the NatWest trophy, The team India was ready to roll. In the 2001 India stooped Australia’s victory cordon in the Test Matches. This was the time when Team India excelled under the aggressive leadership of Sourav Ganguly. Sourav backed the young talent such as Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag.
In the year 2003 the team India went to attend the marquee event in the South Africa. Yuvraj played most of the games the heartwarming inning came in the match against Pakistan. Yuvraj scored unbeaten 50 which helped India win the match. The scintillating on and off drives hit to Shoaib and Waqar were a treat to watch.
Yuvraj was picked in both Test and ODI squads for the Pakistan tour in January–February 2006.This was the time where his batting got a lot of accolades and he was considered as the best ODI batsmen. He scored tally of runs in the test and ODI in Pakistan and was adjudged man of the series.
By this time England came up with an idea of T-Twenty cricket and for the first time a T-Twenty world cup was organised. There hadn’t any better script at least for India and Yuvraj. Due to his finisher role, T-Twenty gave Yuvraj the best time to score his runs. I don’t know about how good Afridi is in hitting the sixes; Yuvraj Singh was by far the greatest hitter of the cricketing world. Afridi showed his skills in the second T-Twenty world cup which Pakistan won. But the first T-Twenty world cup was dominated by Yuvraj Singh. Who can forget six sixes he hit against the Stuart Broad. Andrew Flintoff tried a verbal spat and it caused a lot of anger in Yuvraj’s head and he compensated by hitting six sixes for the first time in the 100 years old history of cricket. Another notable thing is that this was the First Series in which Dhoni lead the team.
Then came semifinal vs Australia and they met with the similar fate, as every Indian was worried about the result. Team Aus won 2003 World Cup beating India in a humiliating fashion. But Yuvraj Singh had other things in mind. Yuvraj was awarded Porsche 911 for hitting six sixes against a test playing nation. He carried his sublime form in the next match against Australia in which he scored 70 runs(30 balls). Finally India go on to win the first T-Twenty world cup beating arch rival Pakistan in the final.
Until now, Yuvraj scored consistently and 2007 World Cup was disaster from Team India’s point of view. Sourav Ganguly was dropped and Rahul Dravid was leading the team.In year 2009 and 2010 Yuvraj started facing criticism from the media and cricket pundits. Everyone thought we have already seen the best performances from Yuvraj and it was time to let him go. They couldn’t be more wrong about the stylish left hander; The best of Yuvraj was yet to come & so is the Part 3 of this series.
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