Yuvraj Singh set and shattered numerous records while playing cricket for more than 15 years. While still playing for the Indian team, he established numerous records and was regarded as one of the greatest white-ball players ever.
World Cup Heroics: Yuvraj’s heroics in ICC tournaments extended beyond the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He was a pivotal figure in India’s campaign during the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007 and played crucial roles in multiple ICC Champions Trophy editions. His ability to perform consistently on the biggest stages made him a true match-winner for India.
Here is a list of five such records that are still valid and will be extremely challenging to surpass:
5. How many World Cup Man of the Match awards have been given out in one tournament?
The 2011 World Cup was a great tournament for Yuvraj. Baseball and baseball bats were his two strongest suits, and he was a brilliant fielder. In terms of the success of the Indian squad, his contributions were extremely significant. India would not have advanced to the finals if it weren’t for his exploits during the quarterfinal matchup with the Australians.
He shared the record for the most Man of the Match honors in a single World Cup edition with South Africa’s Lance Klusener in 1999 and Sri Lanka’s Aravinda de Silva in 1996 as a result of his significant contributions, winning four Man of the Match accolades in the competition.
4. The first ODI player to score fifty and take five wickets
In the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup encounter between India and Ireland, Yuvraj notched a half-century and a five-wicket haul, adding to his already impressive collection.
Thanks to Yuvraj’s five wickets, which included those of the opener and captains William Porterfield and Kevin O’Brien, India was able to restrict Ireland to just 207 runs when they were bowling. In India’s chase, after losing the top 3 for just 87 runs, Yuvraj timed his 50-run knock so expertly that the Indians prevailed. Yuvraj was also granted the Man of the Match award for his efforts.
3. The first World Cup player to hit more than 300 runs and take 15 wickets
Yuvraj had a fantastic World Cup run in 2011, as was previously mentioned. During the 2011 World Cup, he put up some outstanding performances and was essential to India’s success in the competition.
He constantly delivered throughout the competition, leading the Indian team to victory the majority of the time. He became the first player in the tournament to amass more than 300 runs and 15 wickets thanks to a streak of outstanding efforts with both the bat and the ball.
2. In T20Is, the quickest player to a half-century
Yuvraj was also the highlight of India’s World T20 triumph in 2007. He contributed well with the bat, helping the club get respectable totals. His performance in the game against the English squad, however, was very different.
Yuvraj became the T-20 international cricket record holder for the fastest half-century, scoring 50 runs off just 12 deliveries, following an on-field confrontation with the English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff. He did this by hitting Stuart Broad six times in a row. The West Indian opener, Chris Gayle, later tied this record.
1. The only player to hit six sixes in a T20I over
Yuvraj became the first and only cricketer to do so in a T-20 international game when he smacked six sixes in a Stuart Broad over during the match against England.
As was previously noted, Yuvraj and Andrew Flintoff got into an on-field altercation, and in the following over, Singh smoked Broad for sixes all over the park. In an interview, he said that having been struck for five straight sixes himself earlier in the World Cup had helped him make wiser selections when hitting Broad for sixes.
Yuvraj Singh’s career was defined not only by records and statistics but also by his ability to perform when it mattered most. He was a match-winner who could single-handedly change the course of a game with his explosive batting or crucial wickets. His journey, marked by highs and lows, remains an inspiration for aspiring cricketers and a source of pride for Indian cricket fans.