Before the T20 2007 World Cup, India played a bilateral 50-overs series against England. It was the sixth match of the series in which England all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas scored a quickfire knock of 36 runs from 15 balls. In fact, out of those 36 runs, 30 came off Yuvraj Singh’s single over when the right-hander smashed the off-spinner for five sixes in an over.
Furthermore, Yuvraj was also dismissed by Dimitri Mascarenhas in the same match.
It had a huge impact on Yuvraj Singh, who could not get his sleep for the next two weeks.
Dimitri Mascarenhas hit me for five sixes in six balls: Yuvraj Singh
However, after exactly two weeks, Yuvraj Singh got his revenge when he smashed six consecutive off an over against the then-rookie England fast bowler Stuart Broad at the 2007 T20 World Cup.
Yuvraj was engaged in a heated argument with Andrew Flintoff that added fuel to the fire. Subsequently, there was no stopping Yuvraj Singh who timed the ball with perfection and took Broad to the cleaners.
Yuvraj went on to score 58 off just 16 balls as he scored seven sixes and one four in his whirlwind knock. The left-hander’s fifty came off just 12 balls, which is the quickest International fifty.
It was very satisfying that I could do it against the same team: Yuvraj Singh
The southpaw recalled the incident when he was asked to bowl the last over of the innings by captain Rahul Dravid.
Yuvraj said while talking on Sony Pit Stop show, “I was playing a game at the Oval and I don’t know why the captain [Dravid] gave me to bowl the last over. Dimitri Mascarenhas hit me for five sixes in six balls. I’m glad he didn’t hit me for six sixes and I couldn’t sleep for the next 15 days.”
“Then I remember when I hit six sixes, I did not look at Broad or anyone, I looked at Dimitri and said, ‘This is over now, this is gone to bed’. It was very satisfying that I could do it against the same team,” he said.
Yuvraj was able to settle the scores, and in fact, he went one step ahead as he scored six sixes in an over, which is a rare achievement in the limited-overs format.
Meanwhile, India won both the matches as they won the bilateral series match by two wickets and won the T20 World Cup match by 18 runs, in which Yuvraj was awarded the Man of the Match for his blistering knock.