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India v Australia, 2nd quarter-final, World Cup 2011, Ahmedabad

'I am playing this tournament for a special person'

Nagraj Gollapudi at Motera

March 24, 2011

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"For the first time in my life there have been claps in a press conference. I am sure this is a special moment for me, guys." Yuvraj Singh made a telling opening statement. The whole media room was in splits. For the next 17 minutes Yuvraj played the role of entertainer effortlessly, his answers laced with wit and charm.

It was difficult to imagine the man sitting there as the same one who had fought doubts, conditions and the formidable Australian fast bowlers and stood tall and strong for one-and-a-half hours to eventually take India into the semi-finals. Still, it was not entirely a surprise; Yuvraj has now been named man of the match in four of India's seven matches so far this World Cup, so he must be getting used to it.

"I've been batting really well since the England game," Yuvraj said. "The plans are working for me: trying to work till the end, trying to hit the ball down the ground into the gaps. I just kept telling myself to bat till the end, stay till the end."

With 12.3 overs left, 74 runs required and just one specialist batsman in Suresh Raina for support, Yuvraj was left to hold the Indian innings together and take it past the finish line. The Aussies were steadily closing in, having picked up the wickets of Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni in quick succession.

Yuvraj had come up with an all-round performance in India's 80-run victory against West Indies last Sunday. His 113 in that match was his first century since June 2009. It was a knock of determination, as he fought hard to stay on his feet in the Chennai heat while suffering from dehydration; he even threw up a few times while batting. Later in the evening he returned to pick up two wickets to expedite the Indian victory.

Even in the earlier matches in the tournament, he had restrained his attacking instincts admirably to stay put, and brave India through tense moments in victories against Ireland and Netherlands after the main batsmen had lost their way easily. Coming into the quarter-finals, Yuvraj had run the whole gamut of experiences, which only helped him survive the high-pressure situation at Motera, which he said had drained the players both mentally and physically.


Yuvraj Singh lets out a victory cry, India v Australia, 2nd quarter-final, Ahmedabad, World Cup 2011, March 24, 2011
Yuvraj Singh kept his emotions in check till the final runs were scored, after which he let out a victory roar © AFP
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On Thursday, he turned up match-fit and was one of India's best bowlers with two top-order wickets and followed it with an unbeaten 57, an innings he described as one he had built in his dreams exactly a year ago. "The emotions, I really can't explain them, because it was tough out there. From last year I have been dreaming of playing Australia in a crucial game. I don't know why Australia; probably because they are three times world champions. I'd been thinking about this moment for the last 365 days and it actually came true. I just believed in myself, I envisioned that moment from time to time: me staying there till the end and hitting the winning runs for India. So it is a very emotional moment for me."

There were a few jitters, especially the child-like indecisiveness between him and Gambhir while going for tight singles. Gambhir fell victim to one such moment of confusion and was run out. Yuvraj accepted his role in the mix-up. "It was a bit of a mishap with Gautam. We haven't batted too much together and the running between the wickets was just out of order. And I think it was my mistake and I apologise."

It was not an isolated incident, as there was immense pressure on both teams. Experienced hands like Brett Lee failed to come through when Yuvraj and Raina began turning the screw on the Australians, at the start of the final eleven overs of the match. Lee had taken the wicket of Dhoni in his previous over, but in the 40th, the pair took him to the cleaners, with Yuvraj hitting two scorching boundaries.

In the next over, Shaun Tait was wayward and gave away 13 runs. Those two overs proved to be one of the catalysts of India's win, but Yuvraj said it was not a planned counterattack. "It was very difficult to control the emotions because the heartbeat was racing in the pressure situation. If we made one mistake in a situation like today we would be out of the World Cup. Various thoughts run through your mind, but I decided that I would only watch the ball, keep it simple and as far as possible not hit in the air. Unless the asking rate peaked to seven-and-a-half, only then I would go for the big hits; till then I would hold back."

Yuvraj revealed that there was a driving force behind his recent success, a person he will unveil if India make the final on April 2. "I am playing this tournament for a special person. That special person always comes into my mind whenever I am in a pressure situation. Hopefully it will work out in the end."

Not only was he a bit secretive, he even turned philosophical about his good work against Australia. "You have a lot of thoughts [in the mind while batting] but whenever you want to desperately do it for your country and your team it somehow works out. It is great it is working at the right moment in the World Cup. It is a great victory for us."

Yuvraj had planned for every eventuality. On the eve of the match, he was the last batsman to face throwdowns from coach Gary Kirsten. Yuvraj knew the Australians would fire a lot of short-pitched stuff at him to unsettle him. "I just wanted to concentrate on hitting everything down the ground while leaving out the short balls."

That planning came to fruition on Thursday. He checked his shots and emotions till the victory stroke was unleashed. Once the job was done, he came crashing and sliding down on his knees, the way football players rush to the flag after scoring a goal. Then he let out a victory roar. A little later, he trotted out the jokes.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Comments: 153 
Posted by   on (March 27, 2011, 20:58 GMT)

@ frendriya special person ...........lol

Posted by Cravillioal on (March 27, 2011, 19:52 GMT)

Yuvraj's innings was brilliant. Go Yuvi, hope you continue playing well like this!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2011, 18:13 GMT)

It could be his fiancee.. But don't you give any names yet!

Posted by arvin on (March 27, 2011, 18:01 GMT)

it is his parents or sachin or kapil dev... no one else...

Posted by musawinxjb on (March 27, 2011, 7:22 GMT)

could it be sachin...? just guessinggggg

Posted by   on (March 27, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

i think its his fiancée ..think abt it ppl...

Posted by   on (March 27, 2011, 4:11 GMT)

i had exicted after seeing the yuvaraj performance.i wish ut to do best for ind vs pak match.i like u very much.paly for our country...............

Posted by   on (March 26, 2011, 8:07 GMT)

My Lion Yuvi Is On Hunt No One Can Stop My Lion From Hunting.Afetr Ganguly Another Lion For Our Team My Darling Yuvi Rocks Gooooooooooooooooooooon No One As The Dare To Stop U YUViiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii I LOVE YOU

Posted by sinchl on (March 25, 2011, 22:21 GMT)

special person is stuart broad. he is in form, therefore missing him.

Posted by frendriya on (March 25, 2011, 21:08 GMT)

The special person is Ashish nehra

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 21:04 GMT)

yuvi is a good player but.........

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 19:34 GMT)

We can't say its Sachin. It is probably his father. Best Wishes for India's World Cup campaign.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 18:56 GMT)

Alright! Now I am really worried since Sanjay Manjrekar and Ricky Ponting have kinda jinxed that India are favorites against Pakistan. GUYS! INDIA ...please don't be complacent. Practice hard. IT IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY AGAINST PAKISTAN. India lost the semis with the same darn Sanjay Manjrekar and Co being complacent after QF in 1996. Probably it's time for Sharda Urga to write another article criticizing team India and the work that still needs to be done.

Posted by RonyPony on (March 25, 2011, 18:23 GMT)

I think that special person is Deepika Padukone...Am I right?

Posted by govindsdeshmukh on (March 25, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

Yuvraj should play for the country and nothing else. What if that special person dies? Does that mean he will quit playing? Country should be first and then that special person. People normally dedicate their success to someone special only after achieving that success.

Posted by destro262 on (March 25, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

Oh thanks Yuvraj! U dont have to do win the world cup for me. Do it for the country though.

Posted by gowaj on (March 25, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

once Yuvi won a lot of man of the match awards, I could think of 1 guy who did a similar thing in 83 world cup when we won - mohinder amarnath. Hopefully yuvraj continues to do well, and at least 2-3 others support by good partnerships. Having Raina in the team lifts the fielding so much and, as we saw, has a positive affect on others as well. Good luck team India!!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 17:39 GMT)

That special person is dada and its my gut feeling because I remember once Yuvraj told I am ready to die for a captain like this....

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 17:22 GMT)

" i am playing this tournament for a special person" any idea who that is .. i believe either his father or sachin

Posted by Divinetouch on (March 25, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

Jai Hind. Congrats Yuvi and the Indian Team.

BHAGAVAN ensured the victory.

Posted by gambler009 on (March 25, 2011, 16:57 GMT)

com eon guys that special person is our nation its not sachin , it is also you and me and all

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 16:46 GMT)

yuvi- "I am playing this tournament for a special person. That special person always comes into my mind whenever I am in a pressure situation. That is none other than master blster SACHIN

Posted by tambun on (March 25, 2011, 16:44 GMT)

The special person is Hemang Badani.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 15:49 GMT)

Yuvi u r gr8 really,, best luck once again for next match,,do ur best.

Posted by VikRaana on (March 25, 2011, 14:51 GMT)

SINGH is KING ! SINGH is KING! YUVRAJ SINGH !

Posted by sehwagian on (March 25, 2011, 14:46 GMT)

The special person is Gary Kirsten ... what say guys?

Posted by arunmsc80 on (March 25, 2011, 14:43 GMT)

I want that special person to be either Gary who supports when he is touch short orelse it should the saurav ganguly who instrumented him in the team.. Lets see u would be...

Posted by dinster77 on (March 25, 2011, 14:26 GMT)

I concur with Samiuddin..my guess for that special person is Sachin Tendulkar!

How can one be so popular and yet so non-controversial? Impressive!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 14:22 GMT)

i think the special person is his mother or sachin tendulkar

Posted by manohard on (March 25, 2011, 14:09 GMT)

My Guess is it's his Dad Yograj Singh. He was a good player and got dropped from team and went through roller coaster ride like Yuvraj.

Posted by simply-me on (March 25, 2011, 14:03 GMT)

he's back for sure....

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 13:40 GMT)

yuvi's back to form.. for d special person..

Posted by jas14196 on (March 25, 2011, 13:01 GMT)

lol best player when his inform

Posted by SagirParkar on (March 25, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

yuvraj was instrumental in India's win against Australia in the inaugural ICC KnockOut Trophy in Kenya many years ago. He and Zaheer were making their debut in that series and it was them again who put a spanner in Australia's plans today too. The boys then have now become men and leading the way forward for India to win another major trophy... keep it up Yuvi.. and may that special person provide you with the motivation to continue doing so !

Posted by AbuUSA on (March 25, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

India should drop Munaf and bring in Yusuf. Ashwin opens nicely anyway. Will give big boost to one final assult department. Between Yusuf, Raina, Kohli, Tendulkar team can manage 7-8 overs that Munaf otherwise bowls.

Posted by Gururavi28 on (March 25, 2011, 11:21 GMT)

Well Played Yuvi and Team india :):)

tat special person gonna be none other than Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar:):)

Posted by Vijay_MatchWinner on (March 25, 2011, 11:20 GMT)

"I am playing this tournament for a special person. That special person always comes into my mind whenever I am in a pressure situation. Hopefully it will work out in the end." ------------- Who is that special person?

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

Obviously, it is the Little Master he is playing for............

Posted by BICHU77 on (March 25, 2011, 10:55 GMT)

great work from yuvraj and raina.....if dhoni also come up with his bat......everything will be in place for india.....

Posted by pankaj7tripathi on (March 25, 2011, 10:33 GMT)

Last year a young relative of mine, while giving a TV interview, mentioned that Yuvraj was his hero. I told him that he should have someone like Tendulkar as a hero who is a true sportsman and a gentleman... Well a year later....The way Yuvraj is approaching his cricket and playing for the country, I am now taking my hat off. Well done Yuvraj. KEEP IT GOING.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 10:18 GMT)

that someone special is sachin tendulkar...

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 10:06 GMT)

Meet......Kahin ye tu to nahi:P

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 10:01 GMT)

hm..............its good to see him back onto a good form where we are heading towards final of CWC 2011....Chakde INDIA.....

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 9:51 GMT)

i would like to know what rejuvenating elixir yuvraj has drank of late!

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (March 25, 2011, 9:45 GMT)

Your good run will end in SF against PAK. PAK's bowling is the best in this tournament and they will tackle Indian Batters well.

Posted by murtu_4u on (March 25, 2011, 9:40 GMT)

what a player ! what a match !

Posted by adiatreya on (March 25, 2011, 9:39 GMT)

The special person is Sachin Paji

Posted by gandabhai on (March 25, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

Where's the r sole who wrote about the 'waterboy'. Who is drenching who now ? 'Sing YUVI SINGH '

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 9:35 GMT)

Well Done Yuvraj - Rifkas from Sri Lanka....

Posted by gandabhai on (March 25, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

'Sing YUVI SINGH' Thats what i want to see . Keep your eye on the ball & keep concentrating for another 2 games . Whatever the results we are behind you all .

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

amazing hold on against aussie sledging .................

Posted by Sniper.Sk on (March 25, 2011, 8:59 GMT)

good luck.....yuvi....ur de prince

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 8:56 GMT)

Right from his first innings in ODIs Yuvraj has been THE most effective of all Indian players against Australia except perhaps Sachin. Way to go Yuvi, bring home the cup!!

Posted by Sam_Singh on (March 25, 2011, 8:31 GMT)

SINGH IS KING !!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 8:24 GMT)

win it for sachin Guyzz!!! Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by ash1234567 on (March 25, 2011, 8:17 GMT)

i guess dat person is SOURAV GANGULY or SACHIN TENDULKAR

Posted by Vijay_MatchWinner on (March 25, 2011, 8:08 GMT)

Bravo Yuvi... Well played, Innings of your life :)

Posted by stormy16 on (March 25, 2011, 7:48 GMT)

Yuvi was sensational and really making the WC his own. His calm under presure was sensational and yesterday the the game was there to be lost after Dhoni hit a panicky cut shot but Yuvi was just calm and steady and probably put the horrors of the batting collapses in the past few games to rest. Quality player with both bat and ball and he hasnt really been flamboyant just all class and maturity.

Posted by Sniper.Sk on (March 25, 2011, 7:45 GMT)

Hope yuvi carries his form....good luck

Posted by RAHULKS1123 on (March 25, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

yuvi, i must say, you rock man.. you just sealed the lips of the criticizers who were dubious about your selection and performance.. keep the good work going..Btw we are having a fair idea of the special person whom you are playing for, its ur dad, right??.. good luck..

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 7:33 GMT)

Yuvi a nvr give up Character.. Boon to Indian Cricket.. A real all rounder

Posted by Archchunan on (March 25, 2011, 7:30 GMT)

My salutes for the Prince of India. Thank you Yuvraj.

Posted by loky_14 on (March 25, 2011, 7:24 GMT)

The special person has to be Sachin Tendulkar

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 7:12 GMT)

I think Sachin is that special person.

Posted by aerosingh on (March 25, 2011, 7:08 GMT)

yuviiii rocksssssssssssssss

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 7:06 GMT)

who else "Sachin Tendulkar"..

Posted by sagarkamble on (March 25, 2011, 6:59 GMT)

The Special Person must be Sachin !!!

Posted by sagarkamble on (March 25, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

The Special Person must be Sachin !!!

Posted by courierpost on (March 25, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

Good on you mate I was backing Australia to win on TAB lucky I only chucked in a $5.00 guess might get it back my 5 from the kiwis.

Posted by rahulcricindia on (March 25, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

a true match winner for india.....great finisher

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 6:45 GMT)

Yuvi, you're improving all round. New found composure while batting, improved bowling, even philosophical answers at the press conference! Way to go!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 6:42 GMT)

well played yuvi............. but we want world cut.

Posted by PottedLambShanks on (March 25, 2011, 6:41 GMT)

If Yuvraj was a lollipop, he would surely lick himself to death.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 6:39 GMT)

yuvi rocks..................................................................

Posted by grgpal3796 on (March 25, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

yuvi just rockssss...............:D

Posted by Sharif1976 on (March 25, 2011, 6:34 GMT)

Yuvraj is special kind of player, one his day he is single minded match winner in ODI and he has proved that in 4 matches. What a performance by Yuvi. I am great fan of Yuvi becuase of his timing and class. He is great onside ODI player and best left handed ODI player against fast bowlers today. What a performance. Hats off.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 6:32 GMT)

Any guess to whom he may be referring????

Posted by ak74-ind on (March 25, 2011, 6:28 GMT)

Special Person aka chick?

Posted by Istehsan on (March 25, 2011, 6:26 GMT)

actually that was a great knock, finally breaking the aussie might..

Posted by Horn.OK.Please on (March 25, 2011, 6:20 GMT)

The special person is Sachin. Isn't it obvious?

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 6:19 GMT)

Any guess to whom he may be referring????

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 6:18 GMT)

it indeed suggests that yuvraj is so confident about his game! the way he batted against the west indies and the kangaroos was not the old yuvraj but a new one. but the media just sideline him everytime either for his form or for his personal life. whether its his girlfriend or his weight. now that he his performing the media will clap tom. when he hits a slump the media will be waiting for reasons to blame the poor form. the media dont realize that how much ever they get paid they still know that they are representing their country. they always keep their country first in their hearts and yuvraj is no different.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 6:14 GMT)

Is that special person Tendulkar?

Posted by aussiecurry on (March 25, 2011, 6:13 GMT)

21 Canon Salute's to YUVI, this is what going to happen when he scores 50, as we all know more than half of his 50's won the game,keep going matey...if we need the cup one of the opener should stay long and then need yuvi's 50 and plzzzzzzzz can someone tell me when is Mr captain going to score runs seems he is gone tooo cool,looks like it will be my last wish to see dhoni scoring some runs GOOD LUCK BOYS FROM AUSSIE'S

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 6:09 GMT)

I am sure that special person is Sachin !!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 6:09 GMT)

mark my words.....dat speacial person is his to-be-wife........

Posted by prince_prashant on (March 25, 2011, 6:08 GMT)

Finally this was the roaring of the prince who was there to guide India towards the way of victory. Four man of the match awards for yuvi..I think after Sachin it was the best performance of any in the world cup.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 6:06 GMT)

Yeah. He s playing for that SPECIAL person, the GOD OF CRICKET.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 6:03 GMT)

Any guess to whom he may be referring????

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 6:03 GMT)

Any guess to whom he may be referring????

Posted by rtom on (March 25, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

For the first time, i saw Yuvi batting in such a maturity !! it was really satisfying to see that. We all would like to see him doing similar things in coming matches. Less talk from mouth and let the bat talk !!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 5:59 GMT)

Yuvi was shown Aussies the door!!it was really emotional moment not only for him but entire country!so india held the nerves in pressure cooker situation and come out winners!i hope we will knock out Pakistan also in the Semis.

Posted by SportsAce on (March 25, 2011, 5:51 GMT)

Awesome, Yuvi! What a transformation. Good to see him being so consistent.What is admirable is the curbing of the penchant for airy fairy strokes especially with the crowd turnout being what it is in India. And has his bowling helped! What we now look forward to is the old Yuvraj on the field at cover-point where he routinely saved 20-30 runs.

Posted by franken10 on (March 25, 2011, 5:42 GMT)

I'm sure that "special person" is none other than Tendulkar. Everyone in this team will want to win this World Cup FOR him and WITH him.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 5:39 GMT)

congrats Team India...for well deserved victory. cheers to yuvi, sachin and rest of the players. im really disappointed with dhoni and munaf, after getting a series of chances to improve their game they still post themselves as if playin a domestic match. Team India should not suffer for these two, let Gary re-think whether munaf is really needed in Semis?. and as for dhoni is concerned he needs to play in this WC atleast from the semis and not wait for IPL to begin?

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 5:37 GMT)

Thanks for producing an outstanding batting display, u should be the role model for many game finishers in ODI/T20. Truly UV, though all my friends were criticizing you in your tough times, i was the only person to explain your best skills / strengths to them.

At the start of WC i thought Yuvraj will be in headlines after every match either by his bowling or batting. But YOU ARE DOING EVERYTHING WHAT U CAN DO FOR THE TEAM may be i think SACHIN is the special person behind your person.

Posted by spinkingKK on (March 25, 2011, 5:33 GMT)

Well done Yuvi!! Great to have you back in your old form. When 2003 world cup began, Yuvi was my favorite Inidan player. Hower, I used to say you should be dropped when you weren't performing in the recent past. That is only because I always thought that you will come stronger if you were dropped. Now, Yuvi rocks again!!!

Posted by beingvishwa on (March 25, 2011, 5:24 GMT)

Really happy to see the Yuvi back in this form. The yuvi running on low confidence is no more existing. He is a genuine match winner and he is proving it. Well played Yuvi. Nice to see yuvi, kohli, gambhir, ashwin turning it for INDIA. CHAK DE INDIA!!!!!!!!

Posted by coolboy22 on (March 25, 2011, 5:20 GMT)

I bet you that the special person is Sachin Tendulkar................Well said Yuvi.............

Posted by drake1234 on (March 25, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

yuvi the man ...... few months ago everybody was after his head and want him out of the side .But came the time and came the man .. way to go" man of the series".. almost

Posted by cricketik on (March 25, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

Who could it be. his Grandpa (Sachin)??????????????? or his fiancee???????????

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 5:08 GMT)

Thanks for producing an outstanding batting display, u should be the role model for many game finishers in ODI/T20. Truly UV, though all my friends were criticizing you in your tough times, i was the only person to explain your best skills / strengths to them.

At the start of WC i thought Yuvraj will be in headlines after every match either by his bowling or batting. But YOU ARE DOING EVERYTHING WHAT U CAN DO FOR THE TEAM may be i think SACHIN is the special person behind your person.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 5:07 GMT)

hmm..nice yuvi,next match we can pALY WITHOUT BHAAJI, in the palce of yusuf pathan...........

Posted by apprehended on (March 25, 2011, 5:04 GMT)

really well done yuvi....God bless u...Gud luck!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

yuvi is one of the most special talent india produced.. when he fires usually india wins.. nice to see he raised his game on big occasion.. I'm Yuvi's big fan from the first time he is played in onedayers (half century against Australia in Nirobi).. Good going Yuvi.. Hoping for 2 more good shows from yuvi and like to see yuvi as man of the series..:)

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 4:50 GMT)

I am loving the now very common sight of Yuvi's Punjab da Sher Roar!!!

Posted by HassanAbbas on (March 25, 2011, 4:44 GMT)

ANd all this time I was thinking he was playing for his country :S

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 4:27 GMT)

Really commendable performance today by Yuvraj! ..and what a great comeback..reminds of of Afridi in 2004/05...!! This upcoming semi-final should be a great match and I don't think the sides have been this evenly balanced since a long time [1994 Quarter final comes to mind..2003 we had a lot of old players]. Both sides beat the reigning world champions one after another: Pakistan dismayed them with bowling and India with batting [almost all players performed with it, par gambhir's foolish runout]. In short, greatest set up for the greatest match. In addition, I must add that both sides' fans will have to show maturity. Expect a cracker!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 4:27 GMT)

I was not in the favor of Keeping Yuvraj in the World Cup squad. I guess thats why I am not in the Selection Committee... and I am thankful to God for that

Posted by Dashgar on (March 25, 2011, 4:22 GMT)

I thought it would have been nice to give Ponting man of the match in what will be his last world cup performance. But I guess a guy who scored fifty runs less than him is more deserving

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 4:18 GMT)

I am very happy that India won the game and are in the contest to win the World Cup 2011. Yuvraj and Raina did a great job in giving a great finish in a pressure situation. Good job by Sachin & Gambhir with their half centuries. Today I see this win as a team effort, our bowlers & fielders did a great job in restricting Australia to 260. I am satisfied with the Indian team fielding after a long time. Keep up the good work and showcasing the team work like this makes you World Champions.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 4:02 GMT)

Its dream come true for Yuvraj becomes a good allrounder anyway its Yuvi woldcup after 2003

Posted by India_Cricket_Fan on (March 25, 2011, 3:57 GMT)

Kudos to Yuvi and the Indian Team.....

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 3:55 GMT)

Delighted moment after crucial victory............

Posted by rahulphogat on (March 25, 2011, 3:51 GMT)

we should remember that raina also played a good knock and also thrashed the short balls so raina,sachin,and gambhir runs could not be understated

Posted by daddapc on (March 25, 2011, 3:47 GMT)

Yuvi has really turned things around for India and himself. It brings back memories of the famous run of 17 consecutive victories while chasing in ODIs - even back then Yuvi was there till the end in most of the succesful run chases. I do hope this tournament enables him to turn the corner and become a permanent fixture in the Indian test side as well. Once Dravid and Lax are gone we need some experience in the middle order.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 25, 2011, 3:30 GMT)

Great show by team India and Yuwi particularly!. Congrats. Hope he will bring the Cup for us. I just wonder where is the guy who argued Aus fast bowlers will restrict Indian batsmen with pace and bounce. Thanks to mr. Tait for helping us with xtras. :)

Posted by ibbani on (March 25, 2011, 3:25 GMT)

It was not a thriller until Raina came in, until then, it felt like CALM RIVER FLOWING WITH BOTH SIDES ALMOST GETTING 5 runs an over. THat 14 run over from wayward Tait changed the game. it is Yuvi turning on for India in last 7 he has 4 MOM, incredible. just 2 steps away to lift he cup India, comeon INDIA

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 3:19 GMT)

thanx...to u yuvraj.. me and my all friends wereshoutingand clapping on every single run scored.....atlast u made ur legs dancing on floor.......

Posted by JD04 on (March 25, 2011, 3:17 GMT)

good one Yuvi! Hope you carry this attitude through the rest of your career! Good Luck.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 3:16 GMT)

The mass yuvi done it again.He is in his form of his lifetime....................

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 3:15 GMT)

if yuvraj continues like this then we will be world champions

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 3:11 GMT)

Hey Yuvi !!! It's a great batting ya ... We still expect yr shots where you played against Eng in T20 World Cup ... We want another 6 balls 6 sixes in an over ...

Posted by god4cric on (March 25, 2011, 3:03 GMT)

Gr8 job Yuvi, u r back with a bang, take India to the second world cup win !!!

Posted by jhaabhinit on (March 25, 2011, 3:02 GMT)

i really don't see any reason why yuvraj can't be man of tournament for world cup!!i mean he showed his brilliance with bat and ball!i really hope he carries on the same till 2nd april!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 3:01 GMT)

Yuvraj dreamt of beating Australia ...........dreams comes in true.....bravoooooo

Posted by Jama on (March 25, 2011, 2:21 GMT)

Dat special person for Yuvi is Sachin. He wants to win the cup for Sachin.

As far as India winning the cup is concerned. I think they should get rid of Munaf and Bring in Nehra or Play 8 batsmen and use Yousuf at 3 as a pinch hitter.

Posted by BangOnTarget on (March 25, 2011, 2:15 GMT)

Job well done! Yuvi. We will have fond memories of your performances with the bat & ball in this WC. Please keep up the good work until we lift the Trophy. Spl. thanks to the "person" behind your success. ALL THE VERY BEST.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 2:08 GMT)

You are champ Yuvvi :-) All the hard work that you did, it much appreciated.

Posted by Abhishek_Sengar on (March 25, 2011, 2:06 GMT)

Very well said. First time india playing like a unit. First time they are handlling presure better then Aussie. Fist time they are looking confident. First time they are playing like a champions. And Second thing it was great decesion to opt for Raina insteadof yusuf. We won the match because of the last stand between Raina and Yuvi. Keep It Up India. Chack de India!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 1:54 GMT)

Yuvi turning out to be klusener for India...

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 1:49 GMT)

Great work Yuvi. We all Indian salute you. We are just two step away from wining the world cup. Common India Just Do It.

Posted by East_West on (March 25, 2011, 1:44 GMT)

Way to go YUVI! Hats off! This game is the one that I will remember for a long time - who cares who wins this cup [although i want india to win] but Yuvi made millions sleep happy!!! Keep up the good work bro!!!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 1:41 GMT)

superb inning by Yuvi and Sachin...

Most admirable is raina, controlled agression fab..

Best of Luck.. Big job is infront.. PAK..............

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 1:25 GMT)

India's success in this world cup has been lead by Yuvraj from any aspect of the game.He should undoubtedly be the man of the series.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 1:08 GMT)

i like it yuvi. i knew that u can do this

Posted by Chris_Howard on (March 25, 2011, 1:03 GMT)

Well done, Yuvraj. Hope you guys can go all the way, along with SA, for dream final of the two best teams in cricket at the moment.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (March 25, 2011, 0:55 GMT)

Sure Yuvi's Plan is working.PLAN IS TO PLAY AND WIN FOR THE COUNTRY.

Posted by srisri on (March 25, 2011, 0:54 GMT)

Whatever happened just before the world cup, Yuvi turned into a Man from Boy. ANd what a man he is. Add this determination to his talent, there is no stopping Yuvi.

Posted by FARUQUE8810 on (March 25, 2011, 0:52 GMT)

Superb win for India. One of my favorite team in the tournament. Can't wait until the next match. I just hope one of the Asian team wins the WC.

Posted by SanjivSanjiv on (March 25, 2011, 0:30 GMT)

Executing skills under pressure is what makes the players great. And Yuvraj is not far behind from some of those. Just he made me remember Viv Richards! Sanjiv Gupta, Australia

Posted by Harry0009 on (March 25, 2011, 0:29 GMT)

http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc_cricket_worldcup2011/content/story/500414.html posted on Feb 12

All the very best Yuvi and India.

Posted by manojphulwani on (March 25, 2011, 0:09 GMT)

One of the best knocks I have seen under immense pressure!! Hopefully he can carry the good form n help INDIA lift the world cup!!!!! Go TEAM INDIAAAAA!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 23:46 GMT)

Well done Yuvraj keep up the good work..

Posted by ArsalanMujahidGhouri on (March 24, 2011, 23:40 GMT)

You played really aggressive and positive cricket after the Dhoni departure, which was the key !

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 23:14 GMT)

Best Knock Yuvi !!Well done Yuvraj

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 23:14 GMT)

Hez becoming emotional n philosophical :) sayin quite emotional stuff in the press confrence .. hope he helps india d same way in semis.. best of luck yuvraj, u always had the potential of being the best :)

Posted by aalkafi on (March 24, 2011, 23:12 GMT)

Yuvi was awesome; he stood between Australia's 4th WC and possibly India's 2nd - in the end held his nerve and came out on top

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 23:10 GMT)

well done !! pajji .. proud of your efforts ..keep it up

Posted by Vivek7 on (March 24, 2011, 22:54 GMT)

verywell done yuvraj. i know how much you were out of form before wc and how you came in. i even thought you wont make an impact. this is totally different yuvraj.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 22:50 GMT)

i hope that special person is Sachin.. probably his last WC appearance and probably the only achievement yet eluding from his otherwise illustrious and glorious career!

i hope Yuvraj and INDia do it this time.. carry the baton all along..without hitches.. fr the millions of fans and the millions of hopes they carry in their eyes and fr that one man SAchin..

If ever the world of cricket can bestow upon Sachin what he has given to the game.. they can only come near by giving him the World Cup!!

Posted by sachinthegreat200 on (March 24, 2011, 22:22 GMT)

RESPECT the legend Yuvraj...He is one of his own no comparison with anyone!!!!!!such a great player...im sachin fan but yuvraj made him look no 2!!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 22:21 GMT)

great performance by Yuvi and Sachin and the team. I did like the way Gambhir played against Spinners. Great match and both the teams have played well but sorry for ponting. THis was India's day..

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