Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, speaking after Thursday’s match against Mumbai Indians, said in the post-match press conference that he felt like England bowler Stuart Broad after Yuvraj Singh had hit him for three consecutive sixes. The comment, made in jest, brought back memories of Yuvraj Singh slamming six sixes of a single over by Broad in the 2007 World Cup. Broad, however, came up with a comeback to Chahal’s jibe on an Instagram post shared by the IPL handle. “Hope he feels like me in 10 years time with 437 Test wickets,” he commented.
Chahal, representing RCB in the press conference, told reporters, “After Yuvraj hit me for three sixes, I felt like Stuard Broad. He is a legendary batsman and I knew I had to back myself. It was a smaller ground and to be hit for boundaries is fine. I knew I had to come up with my best deliveries and so I was bowling the wide googlies,” he said.
Rolling back the years, the southpaw hit the first six over deep midwicket, the second straight down the ground and the third over long on. He also tried to loft the fourth ball of the over over long off, his blade seemingly having heard 1 billion prayers of a 2007 World Cup redux. However, this was not to be – Mohammed Siraj pouched a catch at long off to dismiss Yuvraj for a 12-ball 23.
Stuart Broad might be remembered best by many Indian fans for being on the wrong side of Yuvraj Singh’s onslaught 12 years ago, but the English pacer, now aged 32 and one of only three current bowlers with more than 400 Test wickets, had a perfect comeback to Chahal’s comment.