When George Bailey, the Australian limited-overs captain, reached his hotel room in Rajkot late on Tuesday (October 8) and flipped on the television, he was given a reminder he could do without.
Flicking through the channels and settling on the cricket, he was treated to an episode of India Victorious, on the host broadcaster Star Sports' channel. The game being replayed was the India-Australia World Cup quarterfinal of 2011, down the road from Rajkot in Ahmedabad, and Yuvraj Singh was setting the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera alive with some typically muscular pyrotechnics.
After picking up the key wickets of Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke in a ten-over spell that cost only 44 runs, Yuvraj shepherded the chase of 261, top scoring with an unbeaten 57 that he later admitted was a bit of a dream come true. Yuvraj said that given Australia were the pre-eminent One-Day International team of his generation, he had spent many idle moments daydreaming about creaming the winnings runs against them in a World Cup knockout match.