Yuvraj Singh came to bowl the 10th over and he forced Steve Smith back to pavilion on Sunday. The breakthrough brought India to the driver’s seat and it was proved again that Mahendra Singh Dhoni knows how to use his playing XI and when, precisely.
Virat Kohli’s incredible knock powered India beat Australia by 6 wickets as the Men-in-blue entered semi-finals of the mega-event. Chandigarh-born all-rounder Yuvraj contributed with 21 runs and one wicket to the push India’s case forward.
Yuvraj’s slow left-arm orthodox spin came accurate on Sunday, as the skipper reserved him for the right time. Coming up as a lethal weapon, Yuvraj bowled effectively in the Asia Cup T20 tournament. Bowling in 3 matches, he claimed two wickets.
In the overall history of World T20, the 34-year-old batsman has scored 593 runs in 31 matches with a strike rate of 128.91. Scoring 4 half-tons so far in World T20 history, Yuvraj’s best performance came in the semi-final of World T20 2007 when he scored 70 runs off 30 balls against Australia.
Video from his epic knock
Earlier in the same season, Yuvraj struck six sixes in a single over of England’s Stuart Board and made the fastest T20 fifty, off just 12 balls. Here’s a flashback of the same.
Coming to the national side after a break of two years, Yuvraj’s playing style displayed more depth in it. Playing responsible at the middle-order, Yuvraj fitted in India’s playing XI in shape of a reliable batsman, who can bowl well too.
India are schedule to face West Indies in the semi-final match of the underway tournament at Wankhede Stadium Mumbai. In his last outing at Wankhede in December, 2012, the left-hander fell for just 4 runs but delivered an outstanding bowling spell to claim a 3-wicket haul. Keeping this in mind, we can expect another good spell from orthodox spinner Yuvraj Singh, on Thursday.