Today, that is 16-02-2015, India’s World Cup cricketers were eagerly following the IPL auction going on in Bangalore from their hotel rooms in Melbourne. As usual, there are always a few surprises in store for everyone for sure. However, the biggest upset in my opinion remained price paid for Yuvraj Singh. Incidentally, Yuvraj, who failed to make the 15-member Indian World Cup squad, has been bought for a record Rs 16 crore by Delhi Daredevils crore. Another surprise was that Hashim Amla and Cheteshwar Pujara remained unsold.
Yuvraj, who had fetched a record Rs. 14-crore contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore last season, happened to be one of the earliest to be sold on Monday morning with Delhi Daredevils breaking their bank to grab the Punjab all-rounder for a hefty amount of Rs. 16 crore. Former India Test captain Sunil Gavaskar feels really happy for Yuvraj.
He said, “He deserves every penny Delhi have spent on him. Yuvraj has gone through a lot and I am sure he is worth the money. Delhi need him to make an impact this year.”
Gavaskar had all the praise for Yuvraj, who held his emotions back even after being ignored by the national selectors for the World Cup. However, Gavaskar had never ruled him out as he explained, “When one door closes, another bigger door opens and this is an opportunity for Yuvraj. He can still make a comeback to the national team and he has shown the resolve in domestic cricket.”
Gavaskar feels Delhi need a match-winner like Yuvraj to do well in this season’s IPL. “He is such a massive brand ambassador. Plus, Yuvraj will ensure that the Delhi fans are back to support their team,” Gavaskar said.