“My six 6s were different from Yuvraj Singh’s,” says former India head coach Ravi Shastri
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri highlighted the iconic moments of the 2007 T20 World Cup clash between India and England when Yuvraj Singh hitted the six sixes in an over to the Stuart Broad.
The 2007 T20 World Cup clash between England and India will always have a special place in the hearts of cricket fans. Discussing extraordinary, Yuvraj Singh produced one of the most famous moments when he hitted six sixes in an over to the England pacer Stuart Broad.
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri, who was playing the role of commentator in that match, has now recalled the iconic moment. Shastri, who had also hit six sixes in an over during a Ranji Trophy game in 1985, said that it takes a lot of concentration to pull off something like that.
“My six 6s were different, simply because, for starters, there was no television. Much like Kapil Dev’s 175 in the world cup, no television, no coverage. But six 6s was massive, I didn’t realize it at that moment, that only one person had hit six 6s till that time and that was Sir Garfield Sobers and I became the second man to hit six 6s,”said Shastri.
“Now first-class cricket is different from white-ball cricket. You know till that 4th six was hit in that game against Baroda, you know I wasn’t even thinking six 6s. The moment the 5th one was hit, which was probably the biggest of the lot because it went into the stands, off the ground at the Wankhede. Then I saw all my teammates along the sightscreen and then I realized that there is an opportunity to hit 6 sixes,”he added.
“I remember the India-England game (2007 World Cup). You know there was an exchange of words (between Yuvraj Singh and Andrew Flintoff), it had obviously, rattled and needled Yuvraj. The stage was set for something special to happen and it started. The first one went for six, the second one went for six, the third one went for six and David Lloyd jumped out of his seat and took off. What happened after that was sheer mayhem,”Shastri said during the latest episode of CRED’s The Long Game.
Shastri, who had likewise hit six sixes in an over for Mumbai against Baroda, even referenced his accomplishment, recalling the similarities between his and Yuvraj’s feat.
“I go into my state of mind having hit six 6s myself as to trying to anticipate what must be in the mind of the bowler and the batsmen. When the 5th six was hit, again David took off, with me of course. And I knew, and I said it on commentary, “I think Yuvraj is the favorite to hit a six here”. The next one goes massive for 6, that’s when you take off. No one knew what was going to happen. It takes fierce concentration,”he added.