On This Day In 2000, Yuvraj Singh Tore World Champions Australia Apart In His First International Innings
October 7, 2000. India were locking horns with Australia in Nairobi. It was the ICC Knockout Trophy.
It was a day that would herald in a new star for Indian cricket. Yuvraj Singh was about to show the world why he would go on to become a force to reckon with in limited overs cricket.
Walking in at 90/3, he seemed at ease in his first ever international innings. In his first game vs Kenya, he never got to bat. Now the level of opposition was different - the World Champions.
No sign of nerves for the southpaw as he went about repairing the damage. Some stylish shots flowed from his blade and India knew they had found a star.
When he fell, India were slowly building a total they good defend. The Men in Blue finished with 265/9 and restricted the Aussies to 245.
Yuvraj made a glorious 84 in 80 balls with 12 fours. He took a great catch and made some brilliant saves to finish it off. A star was born and greater things were to come. But the warning rattle had been made 19 years ago.