Cricket is a team game. I know you may heard this cliche a million times but the fact of the matter is, each and every word of that line has been proved to the hilt time and again. Yes, individual brilliance plays a huge role. But that amounts to nothing if he or she does not get the desired support from their teammates.
Take Ben Stokes whirlwind knock against Australia at Leeds in the 2019 Ashes for example. Would England have won, had Jack Leech not stuck around as Stokes unleashed his wrath on the Aussies. No! Time and again, we have seen brilliant innings by a batsman go in vain due to the paucity of support by his fellow batters.
And, that has happened a million times in Indian cricket. On this note, here’s a look at great innings by Indian batsmen that ended in a heartbreak:
Yuvraj, 139 vs Australia, Sydney (2004)
A match that will forever be remembered for that Brobdingnagian six that Brett Lee hit off Laxmipathy Balaji when 7 runs were required off the last 2 deliveries to help Australia seal a nail-biting victory in the 2004 VB series at the SCG.
It’s a shame that the game is remembered for that one moment because it was a match where Yuvraj Singh had probably played one of the best ODI innings of his career. Coming into bat with India reeling at 3-80, the stylish southpaw shellacked the Aussies to the tune of a whirlwind 139 off 122 balls, and along with fellow centurion VVS Laxman  helped India post an imposing 4-296 in 50 overs.
That 139 by Yuvraj remained his highest individual score in ODI cricket for the next 13 years before he bettered it with a brilliant 150 against England in 2017.