While responding to the farewell message of Pakistan former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, the former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh said that he was terrified of the Pakistan speedster.
Shoaib Akhtar in his message on his Youtube channel termed Yuvraj Singh as the most elegant left-hander to have played cricket for India and in response, the Indian said Akhtar was the one bowler who terrified him the most in his playing days.
“Thanks payan for ur lovely wishes. Trust me Everytime u ran into bowl at me it was terrifying ! Had to gather a lot of courage to face u. We had some great battles will always cherish those moments @shoaib100mph Shoaib Akhtar’s Special Message https://youtu.be/_dSJgmfga0U” Yuvraj Sigh tweeted.
Yuvraj brought the curtains down on a roller-coaster international career, during which he became the hero of India’s 2011 World Cup triumph and fought a gritty battle with cancer.
“A rock-star, a match winner, a great junior and a very good friend of mine,” Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.
“I don’t think India has produced a more elegant left-handed batsman than Yuvraj Singh. He used to play very fluently,” he added.
He totalled 1900 runs in the longest format and 8701 in the ODIs, the format in which he enjoyed most success. His one-day runs tally places him 22nd in the overall list, and seventh among Indians.
“I remember for the first time I played against him in 2003 in Centurion during the World Cup where he played a beautiful knock. I went to him and talked to him. I was deeply impressed by his in-depth knowledge of the game,” recalled Akhtar.
“He will be remembered for years to come for his performance in the 2011 World Cup.” At the 2007 World T20, in a record breaking knock, Yuvraj smashed English bowler Stuard Broad for six maximums in one over.
“His six sixes against Stuart Broad was unbelievable. That was something I have never seen,” Akhtar said.
“He is a great cricketer, a great friend and a very patriotic Indian. He always wanted to win games for India and whenever he used to come to bat lower down the order, we always felt it was important to get him out because he was match winner.