Whole Night I Didn’t Sleep: When Sourav Ganguly Pulled A Hoax On Yuvraj Singh
Former India middle-order batter Yuvraj Singh revealed that his then India captain Sourav Ganguly pulled a prank on him just before his debut match against Australia at the 2000 ICC Knockout tournament.
New Delhi: Former India middle-order batter Yuvraj Singh went back in time and recalled an incident that gave him a sleepless night, courtesy of his then India captain Sourav Ganguly. Yuvraj made his debut for India against Australia at the 2000 ICC Knockout tournament. A day before the 18-year-old was set to get his India cap, Ganguly went up to him and asked him if he could open the innings for India.
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India then had a settled opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Ganguly, who were perhaps the best in the business back then. A young Yuvraj, who had little choice but to say ‘Yeah’ to his captain, revealed that he was so nervous that he could not sleep the whole night before the match.
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“Yeah, if you want me to open, I’ll open,” said former India middle-order batter to Ganguly’s offer. “Whole night I didn’t sleep,” revealed Yuvraj.
Talking about his debut match, Yuvraj reckoned that he was lucky to score 84 against a strong Australian side and just concentrated on watching and hitting the ball.
“I was batting at No. 5, very nervous. But when I went in to bat, focus turned to watching the ball. If I today would’ve scored 37 on my debut against Australia, I would’ve been very happy because of the attack that I was facing,” recollected Yuvraj.
“Luckily, I went on to score 84, I don’t know how, just watched the ball, hit the ball. It was a very big moment for me, to beat Australia and get the Man-of-the-Match award,” he recalled.
India went on to beat Australia by 20 runs and knocked them out of the tournament. Yuvraj was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match award for his brilliant 80-ball 84.
Yuvraj’s interview on Sports18 can be watched tonight at 7:00 pm.
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