Yuvraj Singh was looking set for a humiliating moment in the recently-concluded auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL). The southpaw had gone unsold in the first round of the auction despite setting his base price at INR 1 crore. It would have been a shocking moment for Yuvraj who had grabbed the headlines in the last few auctions.
In 2014, Royal Challengers Bangalore had bought him for a record price of INR 14 crore. In the following year, the Delhi franchise shelled out a whopping INR 16 crore to secure his services. Since then, Yuvraj’s price has dipped. In 2016, he went to Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 7 crore before being bought by Kings XI Punjab for INR 2 crore. But he would not have expected to go unsold in the latest auction.
Yuvraj has been a shadow of his former self on the field in the recent past. He last played for India during the tour of Caribbeans tour last year and failed to deliver in domestic arena too. But fortunately, Mumbai Indians gave him a lifeline by buying him at his base price at the last moment.
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A delighted Yuvraj Singh then took to Twitter to express his feelings. He posted a video of himself, saying ‘Paltan ab aayega mazaa’ as his facial expression made it clear that he is desperate to prove the naysayers wrong.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 19, 2018
In another tweet, he wrote:
“I am glad to be part of the @mipaltan family, looking forward for the season to begin. See u soon @ImRo45 ?”
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) December 18, 2018
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani called Yuvraj’s signing their biggest steal in the tournament’s 11-year-old history.
“To be honest, we had budgeted a lot more for Yuvraj and Malinga. At Rs one crore, a player like Yuvraj is probably a (biggest) steal of 12 (sic) years. He has won every trophy there is to be won,” Ambani told the host broadcaster of the auction.