For Yuvraj Singh, things have been only going downhill in recent times. Ever since he was dropped by India after the tour of West Indies last year, Yuvraj has failed to show that the selectors were wrong to drop him. He had fared miserably in the last edition of the IPL for Kings XI Punjab. Not surprisingly, the franchise had released him last month.
And Yuvraj Singh was looking set for more humiliation in the recently-concluded auction for the 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, Yuvraj Singh 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.
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However, Mumbai Indians gave him a lifeline by buying him at his base price at the last moment. The three-time IPL winners bought Yuvraj at his base price of Rs one crore. Going by Yuvraj’s recent form especially in IPL, there are chances that the gamble might backfire. However, Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambai called the signing their biggest steal in the tournament’s 11-year-old history. Mumbai Indians also brought back Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga, who served the team for long, at his base price of Rs 2 crore.
“To be honest, we had budgeted a lot more for Yuvraj Singh 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.
“We focussed on experience a lot as well on the youngsters. We have identified specific roles for both of them (Yuvraj Singh and Malinga),” he added.