On This Day In 2000, Yuvraj Singh Tore World Champions Australia Apart In His First International Innings

Indiatimes

Indiatimes

Author 2019-10-07 11:48:50

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.

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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.

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