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God gave me those six sixes: Yuvraj

The southpaw said it were probably his prayers to God that helped achieve the feat.

Gaurav Seth |September 20, 2007, 1:57 AM IST
God gave me those six sixes: Yuvraj

Durban: Yuvraj Singh, who clobbered six sixes in an over off young England paceman Stuart Broad here on Wednesday, said it were probably his prayers to God that helped achieve the feat.

"I got hit for five sixes by England's Dimitri Mascarenhas two weeks ago and felt really bad. I told God it was not fair and asked him for something special and got it today," said Yuvraj, who helped India inflate the total to 218-4 in a must-win match of the ICC Twenty20 World Championship.

"I remember getting so many telephone calls after that match at The Oval. I never get so many calls when I score a century but there I was receiving call after call," the left-handed batsman said.

"I feel sorry for Stuart because I can understand what he is going through. When I was so down in the dumps despite not being a full-time bowler, it must be really difficult for him because he is a bowler," said Yuvraj, who achieved the feat in the 19th over of the Indian innings.

"I was charged up after exchanging some words with Flintoff, though the sixes were definitely not in my mind. I thought of going for the feat only after getting the fourth one," said Yuvraj, who plays for Punjab in domestic competitions.

Yuvraj's 36 in an over is the fourth instance of all balls going for a six in either first-class cricket or limited overs internationals.

Sir Gary Sobers and Ravi Shastri achieved the feat in first-class matches while Herschelle Gibbs did it earlier this year in the World Cup.

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