Yuvraj Singh and Stuart Broad: A tale of two champions

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10 years ago on this day Yuvraj hit Broad for six sixes in an over.

Exactly 10 years ago, India’s Yuvraj Singh took Stuart Broad apart in devastating fashion to hammer six sixes in an over at the ICC World Cup T20 in South Africa.

In a group-stage clash between India and England at the Kingsmead Oval in Durban, the fates of a 25-year-old Yuvraj and a 21-year-old Broad collided to create history and send the Indian supporters into delirium.

Yuvraj was already an established star in India’s batting line-up while a young Broad was just taking baby-steps in a career which has since then gone from strength to strength.

The 19th over of the Indian innings was when the destruction from Yuvraj’s bat would happen as he sent Broad packing to all parts of the Kingsmead Oval with six hits so aesthetically pleasing to the eye that no one cared to notice young Englishman’s plight at being on the receiving end of such a hammering.

The pacer would finish the match with figures of 0-60 in his four overs as his side would ultimately lose the battle by 18 runs while Yuvraj would go on to score the fastest half-century in international cricket taking just 12 deliveries to reach the mark.

Credit has to be given to the Nottingham-born Broad though. Countless youngsters would have crumbled under the pressure of being on the receiving end of such a once in a lifetime hammering.

Self-confidence is a fickle thing and for it to be shaken at such a young age at a crucial World Cup encounter with millions of fans watching would not have been easy for Broad.

But here we are, 10 years later, and the 31-year-old pacer is now a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to English cricket.

Arguably at the peak of his bowling prowess, the still baby-faced Broad  has gone on to form a lethal partnership with James Anderson in England’s red-ball pace-attack and currently sits with 388 Test scalps to his name.

Broad completed a famous hat-trick against India at Trent Bridge.

Broad completed a famous hat-trick against India at Trent Bridge.

He has two Test hat-tricks to his name and incidentally one of them did come against India in 2011.

That particular hat-trick came in the four-match Pataudi Trophy series in England where India were whitewashed 4-0. Broad would be adjudged the player of the series for his performance that summer where he ended up with 25 wickets.

Yuvraj meanwhile has gone on to have an illustrious career with India and was the major protagonist in the country’s triumph at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Yuvraj would end up as player of the tournament in India's WC win in 2011.

Yuvraj would end up as player of the tournament in India’s WC win in 2011.

A career which has seen the batsman beat cancer to make a storied comeback, now appears to be coming towards its inevitable end with the left-hander not being picked for India since the ODI series against West Indies earlier this June.

With 304 ODIs to his name which has brought 8,701 runs, Yuvraj has seen it all. Perhaps he will carry the disappointment of not making a bigger indent in Test cricket for India but few would argue that the man has been one of the greatest limited-overs players to have ever worn the Indian jersey.

There is no doubt that both Yuvraj and Broad have been champion cricketers for their respective teams ever since that fateful night in Durban. One of them is now winding up his career while the other is still going from strength to strength.

The scars from that hammering have long been erased by Broad through his showing ever since, while Yuvraj’s assault will forever remain one of his greatest achievements in a trophy-laden career.

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Glenn Maxwell has been under fire in Australia but is much wanted in the IPL

That Australia’s maverick batsman Glenn Maxwell is an interesting character off the field is an understatement.

The 28-year-old was up having a good time at the headquarters of  video gaming company Big Ants Studios in Melbourne prior to his departure for the ongoing India-Australia limited-overs series.

Maxwell was in the studios to do some visual work as part of the preparation of the game-makes latest product – ‘Ashes Cricket’.

The game is scheduled to launch later this year prior to the commencement of the Ashes series Down Under in December.

In a YouTube video published by cricket.com.au, Maxwell takes viewers inside the process of capturing his movements while batting which are to be uploaded into the game later.

However it was not just personal batting-style that Maxwell imitated for the video game makers. He is also seen imitating the batting stances and shots of other cricketers including his Australia skipper Steve Smith.

The Melbourne-based man started with an imitation of fellow Aussie batsman Peter Handscomb’s batting stance. It is Maxwell’s imitation of skipper Steve Smith’s batting-style that has got out attention. After watching the video, we must say that Maxwell gets it absolutely spot-on!

In a near-perfect imitation of Smith’s fidgety unorthodox stance, Maxwell had the entire crew at the studio laughing in unison when he copied his skipper’s famous leave in the Test series against India earlier this year.

After performing a carbon-copy of Smith’s pull shot, Maxwell proceeded to imitate other cricket legends.

He brought out his take on Tilakratne Dilshan’s famous ‘Dilscoop’ following which he does Sanath Jayasuriya’s whip over point.

Brian Lara’s pull-shot, Virender Sehwag’s square-drive and  Michael Bevan’s late-cut all make an appearance in Maxwell’s repertoire.

The Aussie pulled off all the classic shots of the legends with consummate ease but came unstuck while imitating India’s Ravindra Jadeja.

Maxwell tried his hands at copying the Indian all-rounder’s famous sword-dance with the bat but failed miserably in his attempt as he sent the piece of willow flying over.

Maxwell failed hilariously in his attempt to do Jadeja's sword-dance.

Maxwell failed hilariously in his attempt to do Jadeja’s sword-dance.

Luckily for the Aussie no one was hurt during the massive-fail and to be honest, the sword-dance does seem like a technique difficult to master.

Maxwell does get former Australia openers Matthew Hayden’s and Justin Langer’s shots absolutely spot-on to his credit.

The Australian batsman introduces the viewers to a shot which has never been attempted in international cricket, and judging by the video, the shot is unlikely to feature in any game anytime soon.

Maxwell is currently with Steve Smith and co in India for the five-match ODI series and 3-match T20I series. The visitors were beaten by 26 runs in the first match at Chennai and will take on India in the second ODI at Kolkata on Thursday.

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Chris Gayle's return and other talking points as England face West Indies at Old Trafford

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England take on a West Indies side buoyed by their success in the one-off Twenty20 when the one-day international series gets under way at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the talking points.

Back on the horse for England

England’s Champions Trophy semi-final exit at the hands of shock tournament winners Pakistan was their last ODI performance, more than three months ago back in mid-June.

Their only white-ball venture since was Saturday’s Twenty20 defeat against West Indies at Chester-le-Street.

Eoin Morgan’s men need to get back on track therefore in this five-match series as they seek to prove to themselves and others that they will be major contenders at their own World Cup in 2019.

England

No ground big enough

Chris Gayle is the world’s first batsman to 100 Twenty20 sixes, after his latest exploits at Chester-le-Street on Saturday night.

The veteran big-hitter, 38 on Thursday, will doubtless be out to add to his 238 maximums to date in ODI cricket on his return to the format for the first time in two and a half years after his stand-off with the West Indies board.

However he fares, though, there are at least five players on each team with the power game to dwarf any venue.

Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle

Monster totals then?

Not necessarily. The weather will play a big part, of course – and in modern ODI cricket, there is always potential for a one-off flake-out as teams target huge totals batting first and occasionally fall in a heap doing so.

If the skies are blue, there should be some decent pitches, but Morgan has already warned there may be some “tired” ones too at this late stage of the summer. A variety of up-and-down totals is therefore likely.

Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes

Jonny, not Jason

Jason Roy’s first-ball duck in Durham, and another handy innings from Jonny Bairstow in the middle order there too, has tipped the balance in favour of the Yorkshireman opening in the first ODI at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Roy ceded his position to Bairstow for the latter stages of the Champions Trophy after a miserable sequence of scores which dated back to another golden duck at the start of the summer against Ireland in Bristol.

His last half-century came against the Windies in Antigua in March, and Bairstow’s consistency has persuaded Morgan to go slightly safety-first here.

Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow

Who wins?

All recent form in the longer white-ball format, unlike in Twenty20, points to England – despite the return of West Indies’ cavalry.

Gayle and Marlon Samuels are back in the fray, the latter a notable presence with another opportunity to square up to one of his favourite England players, match-winning all-rounder Ben Stokes.

Gayle, Samuels and Jerome Taylor will bolster the team dismissed 3-0 by England back in the Caribbean in March.

England prevailed by some hefty margins there, and follow-up success by anything other than a degree of comfort back on home soil will be a surprise.

Eoin Morgan (r) and Jason Holder.

Eoin Morgan (r) and Jason Holder.

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