This day that year: Yuvraj Singh scored his maiden test century


Among the highly clean hitters of the ball in world cricket is Yuvraj Singh who by this prodigal talent of him became an expert in the limited format of the game. Be it the One day internationals or the highly pacing Twenty20 format.

Stressful test career

Yuvraj Singh started playing international cricket (ODIs and Tests) in the early half of 2000. And just when the form of this batting all-rounder in ODIs began to attain a definite structure, fall backs on precision and focus in tests became the flip side of his story. Owing to which, he couldn’t register much runs for himself (1900 in 40 matches) in his doomed test career. In such a limited span of test cricket, Yuvraj scored 3 hundreds and 11 half-centuries.

His maiden test century came against Pakistan on 5th April 2004 in Lahore.

As it happened in that test

It was the second test of the Indian tour of Pakistan and India in the first innings scored 287 runs. The major highlight from the Indian side was Yuvraj Singh who with a strike rate of 86 knocked 112 runs. On the other hand, the hosts boasted of a terrific session from fast bowler Umar Gul, who in 12 overs claimed 5 wickets at a very small cost of 31 runs.

Trailing behind by 200 odd runs, India started its 2nd innings with a fine spell of Virender Sehwag, who also became the highest scorer for India by scoring 90 runs. Yuvraj this time couldn’t bring any luck and got dismissed at a low score of 12. In the end, it got all over at the final score of 241 runs for India. Pakistan then had a very easy target of 40 runs to win the match, which they achieved in just 7 overs with 9 wickets in hand.


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