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Yuvraj reveals questions were raised about his bat after his six sixes against Broad

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Yuvraj Singh has earned universal acclaim for cracking six sixes in an over off England fast bowler Stuart Broad, but the former India all-rounder has now revealed that there were those who expressed reservations about the kind of bat he used.

Yuvraj was in supreme form during the 2007 World T20, where he hammered Broad for six sixes in an over in a must-win game against England. He carried that form into the semifinal, where he pulverised Australia with a 30-ball 70, but not everybody was convinced that it was the batsman’s ability alone doing all the talking.

“The Australian coach came to me and had asked if there was a fibre behind my bat and asked if it was legal,” Yuvraj told Sports Tak. 

When asked if the match referee had taken a look at his bat, Yuvraj responded by asking him to get it done. However, it wasn’t the coach alone who had doubts about the legality of Yuvraj’s willow.

“Has the match referee checked it? So I told him to get it checked,” Yuvraj said. “Even [Adam] Gilchrist asked me who used to make our bats. So match referee had also checked my bat.”

Yuvraj, however, maintained that the bat, as well as the one he used during the 2011 50-over World Cup at home, are both extremely special to him.

“Honestly, that bat was very special for me. I have never played with a bat like that,” he said. “That one, and the 2011 World Cup bat, they were special.”

India won both tournaments and Yuvraj played an important role on each occasion. He finished the 2007 World T20 with 148 runs at a strike-rate of 194.73 and went one better four years later, when his 362 runs came alongside 15 wickets, four Player-of-the-Match awards, as well as the Player-of-the-Tournament prize.

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