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Yuvraj gets the inaugural T20 International Performance of the Year Award

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Yuvraj Singh, the sizzling left hander has picked up the inaugural Twenty20 International Performance of the Year Award as expected. The award couldn’t go to anybody else particularly after his exploits in the inaugural T20 World Championship in South Africa and more so after taking the world by storm with his six sixes in an over.

Yuvraj Singh played a crucial part in India’s win in that first edition of the Twenty20 World Cup. Yuvraj’s competitors for this award were MS Dhoni, Chris Gayle and Brett Lee. Yuvraj was given the award by Sri Lanka’s world cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga. On receiving the award, Yuvraj said that “For me it was very important just to get nominated. There were other great performances during the past year. For example Chris Gayle’s innings in the World Twenty20 was fantastic. I am very happy to collect this award and I would like to congratulate the other players who were nominated alongside me.

“It’s very important for any player to get his performance recognised. You play hard and you like to think people see that and get something out of it. I would like to thank the ICC for recognising the performances of the players – it’s an important aspect of the year for us.

Yuvraj also added that “after the fifth six in that over I remember having butterflies in my stomach and I knew that if I managed to hit it for six it would be very special. It was a great feeling when I saw the ball go over the boundary.” For the record, Yuvraj had hit Stuart Broad for those six consecutive sixes at Kingsmead in Durban. He is the only other player in International Cricket to have achieved this feat after Herschelle Gibbs, who achieved it in the 2007 World Cup.

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