Bangalore, Dec 8 (UNI) Dashing middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh missed a major milestone in his career of completing 1000 runs in test cricket by a mere one run on the opening day of the third and final test against Pakistan here today.
Finding himself into the playing eleven with Sachin Tendulkar and M S Dhoni in the injury list, Yuvraj playing his 20th test in the third and final test against Pakistan made a grand stand recovery for India along with Sourav Ganguly adding 300 runs for the fifth wicket after the home time tottering at 61 for four was out for 169.
With an aggregate of 830 runs from 19 tests on the eve of the match, Yuvraj Singh needed 170 to enter the four figure tally.
Shaping up brilliantly and looking ahead for a long stay at the wicket, Yuvraj fell in the 88th over of the day when a leading edge from him went to Faisal Iqbal in the gully region to give pace bowler Mohammad Sami his second wicket in the innings.
The lefthander, who silenced his critics with his brilliant innings utilised the godsent opportunity to prove that he can't be a pushover even in test cricket forced himself into the reckoning for the Australian tour.
Through his cavalier knock Yuvraj scored his first century in the home soil from eight tests. In his previous seven tests at home he had an aggregate of 288 runs from 13 innings with the highest being 77 against Sri Lanka.
Interestingly all his three centuries came against Pakistan, with the previous two being 112 in his debut 2003-04 series at Lahore and his previous best of 122 at karachi in the 2005-06 season.