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We were destined to win 2011 semi-final against Pakistan: Yuvraj Singh

Former all-rounder believes luck was on the Indian team’s side

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Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, in an Instagram session on Saturday, said that the Men in Blue were destined to win their 2011 World Cup semi-final tie against arch-rivals Pakistan in Mohali, as the luck was on their side.

India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar was dropped four times during his 85-run knock in the aforementioned match. Sachin, who was one short of his 100th international century going into the match, was dropped on 27, 45, 70 and 81 by Misbahul Haq, Younis Khan, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal, respectively.

“I think we were destined to win that game. I think Sachin scored 87 in that game and got dropped twice. Hence, it was just meant to happen,” said Yuvraj.

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However, the Chandigarh-born batsman believes his individual luck usually evaded him at his home ground, and that day was no different as he was bowled on the first ball by an inswinging Yorker from left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz.

“I played the semi-final at my home ground [Mohali]. Mohali has been a very unlucky ground for me, I made my Test debut over there, got my knee broken there and fractured my finger over there as well,” he said. “Everyone had come to see me and watch the local boy perform in a World Cup game, and I got out on the very first delivery. The silence after my wicket was similar to when Sachin used to get out.”

India eventually won the semi-final by 29 runs, and went on to beat Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai, to lift their second World Cup trophy.