Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh revealed the conversation he had with Stuart Broad's father Chris Broad after he had hit pacer for six sixes in an over in T20 World Cup 2007.
Yuvraj Singh is considered one of the finest all-rounders India has ever produced. One of the main highlights of his career was hitting six sixes against England’s Stuart Broad in a must-win game during the T20 World Cup 2007.
The southpaw created history by hitting Broad for six back to back sixes, becoming the first-ever batsman to achieve the feat in the shortest format.
In an interaction with Gaurav Kapur in the 22 Yarns podcast, Yuvraj Singh revealed a conversation with the senior Broad, who was the match referee in India's semi-final clash against Australia, after he smashed the pacer for six sixes in an over.
“I remember when we were playing the semifinal against Australia, Chris Broad, Stuart’s father was the match referee. He came before the game and said ‘thank you for almost finishing my son’s career.' I said ‘nothing personal. I got hit for 5 sixes, I know how it feels,” Yuvraj Singh told Gaurav Kapur in 22 Yarns podcast.
Yuvraj remarked that Stuart Broad’s father had requested him to gift his son the jersey he wore in that match against England in which he hit six sixes.
“He was like ‘you have to give that shirt to Stuart, the one you wore while hitting six sixes.' I gave him the shirt and wrote ‘I know how it feels, coz I have been hit for five.' I said 'you are the future of England, I’m sure you are gonna do great things.' And look where he is today, more than 500 Test wickets,” he said.
Yuvraj explained what a player, who has been working hard every day, goes through after having such a bad time on the field. He added, at that moment, one has to be his own 'saviour'.
“See it can happen to anyone. You can have a bad day and when you do only you are the person who can understand what is actually going on. You work hard day in and day out to give the best for your country and when you have a day like that you suddenly don’t know who to turn up to.
“So you have to be your own saviour. It’s very easy for others to say anything. Big smiles were shared with Stuart Broad. He just looked at me and smiled,” he concluded.
After being hit of six sixes in an over, it seemed like Stuart Broad’s career was almost over but the pacer made a strong comeback and is now the lynchpin of England’s pace attack along with James Anderson in Test cricket, with more than 500 wickets in the longest format of the game.