Stuart Broad recalls Yuvraj Singh’s assault in Durban. Yuvraj Singh’s remarkable six sixes off Stuart Broad, a watershed moment in cricket history, altered Broad’s career.
Stuart Broad’s great cricketing career will come to an end when the upcoming Ashes series against Australia concludes. This experienced 37-year-old, who has an impressive score of 602 Test wickets in 167 matches, announced his retirement on Saturday, July 29.
While he excelled in the longer format, Broad’s journey in T20Is and ODIs was not as illustrious. His remarkable meeting during the 2007 T20 World Cup. In which he was hit for six sixes in a single over, is a key occasion in cricketing history.
Yuvraj Singh unleashed an assault on Stuart Broad on September 19, 2007, at Kingsmead, hitting six consecutive sixes during India’s innings and raced to his record fifty off just 12 balls.
The passage of sixteen years has done little to lessen the significance of that watershed moment in Broad’s career. During a news conference, he admitted during his reflection on the incident,
“Yeah, it was obviously a difficult day.” What if I had been 21, 22?  I learned a lot. I built a mental routine around that event, knowing that I was falling short as an international performer at the time. I’d rushed through my preparation. I didn’t have any kind of pre-game ritual. I didn’t have much focus, so I began developing my ‘warrior mode,’ as I call it, following that event.”
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Though he has misgivings about that day, Broad admit that the match being a dead rubber help to lessen the shock. His change into a ferocious competitor fueled by the experience. Which propelled him forward throughout his career.
Navigating through the highs and lows is an inevitable part of a player’s journey, and Broad understands the importance of dealing with difficult days and disappointments. He used Ben Stokes as an example, saying,