“Yuvraj Singh’s inning was special for us”, said Virat Kohli after winning the game against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on June 4 at Edgbaston. Undoubtedly, Yuvraj Singh performed so well that he made us remember the old days when Yuvraj’s phenomenal performance was a usual stuff. He not only scored his 52nd and one of the fastest half-centuries in ODIs but also created a unique record of playing ICC tournaments. After appearing in the India vs Pakistan game yesterday, Yuvraj has become the first Indian cricketer to appear in 14 ICC tournaments including Champions Trophy, 50-over World Cups and T20 World Cups.
First world tournament of his life – Under-19 World Cup, 2000
Yuvraj was selected in the U-19 squad back in 2000 when he turned out to be the star performer of the tournament. He smashed 58 off 25 against Australia in the semis and had earlier scored 68 off 62 and picked 4/36 against New Zealand in the same tournament. Under the leadership of Mohammad Kaif, India won the world cup.
International debut in Champions Trophy 2000
Yuvraj made his ODI debut in the 2000 ICC Champions Trophy where he played four games and scored a total of 155 runs in four innings. His best was 84 off 80 balls against Australia after which he received the Man of the Match award.
Equalled Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s record
With yesterday’s appearance in Champions Trophy game against Pakistan, Yuvraj has equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s record of appearing in 5 Champions Trophy tournaments.
Played 3 ICC 50-over World Cups
Yuvraj participated in 3 50-ver World Cups—2000 in South Africa, 2007 in West Indies and 2011 in India. Out of all these three, he became the Man of the Series in 2011 world cup as he scored 362 Runs with Avg. 90.50 and took 15 wickets. He became the first all-rounder to score 300 plus runs and to take 15 wickets in a single World Cup.
Appearance in T20 World Cups
Right from the first edition of the T20 world cup in 2007, Yuvraj Singh has remained one of the favourite players to perform for India in shorter formats. He smashed 6 sixes in an over to Stuart Broad and till date, his record is unbeaten. He is also the first Indian player to cross 100 sixes in Twenty20 matches. He last appeared in the 2016 ICC World T20 where India were ruled out of the tournament after losing to West Indies in the semi-finals.
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