9. Yuvraj Singh 139 vs Australia, Sydney (2004)
Yuvraj Singh, fondly known as Yuvi, has given us from time to time reasons to cherish the beautiful game of cricket. The spirit he displays on the field is amazing. We all still remember his heroics in the 2011 world cup where he put team before self and performed his best despite deteriorating health. We all still fondly recall the moment when he made mockery of a young Stuart Broad by hitting six sixes in his over. But one of his forgotten innings is one which he played against Australia in 2004.
Yuvraj was still making his mark in international cricket after a golden debut in 2000. India was having a tough time in the tri series in Australia. In the seventh game, they lost skipper Ganguly, Parthiv Patel and Dravid early. In walks Yuvraj Singh at 3/80.
What followed next was absolute carnage from Yuvraj as he brought out his destructive best to counter the pace battery of Australia that included Lee, Gillespie and Bichel. It was not an easy pitch but Yuvraj showed patience and first. Once he got to his fifty, he brought out his wide array of strokes that sent the message to the world about the arrival of an ODI specialist. He smacked Bichel for 22 in the 49th over. He eventually got out for 139 off 122 balls. Though India lost the thriller by two wickets, Yuvraj’s innings was a one to remember.