Nostalgia struck hard as India fondly remembered the days when the two scions of Indian cricket would lead us to victory! The India vs England 2nd ODI was special for many reasons. Yuvraj Singh made a grand return to the ODI side after being out for nearly three years. The nation was eager not just for him but also to see Dhoni play with ease without the pressure of being captain!
And they did not disappoint!
It was a real treat as they forged their way to a gigantic total showcasing why they are everyone's favourite. Their epic 256-run stand for the fourth wicket was a record stand against England in ODIs and courtesy their fours and sixes, India notched up 381/6, the highest total in Cuttack.
Yuvi smashed 150 off 127 balls with 21 fours and three sixes. The cancer survivor, whose comeback was seen as nothing short of a miracle, grew emotional after his ton. This was Yuvraj’s 14th ODI hundred, his highest ever ODI score bettering his 139 against Australia in Sydney in 2004.
A lot is being said that Dhoni was instrumental is getting Yuvraj back to the team and no doubt Yuvi is grateful.
Yuvraj, who won the Man of the Match award, said the understanding with Dhoni during the partnership was crucial.
“Mahi and I were taking it bit by bit. Initially, we targeted a 50-run stand and once when we got there we set our eyes on a hundred-run stand. We have won many matches for India and we had the confidence in each other. Mahi realised that I was getting the boundaries and so he was content rotating the strike. It worked well in the end,” Yuvraj stated.
The dashing left-hander spoke about how much this century, his first in ODIs since the 2011 World Cup, meant to him. “It’s been a while since I got my last century. The days after cancer were really hard. I have been in and out of the side. My highest score coming here really makes it special. I am thankful to everyone who backed me and showed faith in me. I had the confidence of the dressing room and the backing of Virat Kohli,” Yuvraj added.
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