There is little denying that Yuvraj Singh is one of the best batsmen to have played for India in limited-overs format. Known for his stroke-making, Yuvraj played a part in almost every major win India registered in the last decade. The pinnacle of those contributions came in 2011 when he starred with both bat and ball, helping India lift the World Cup after a long gap of 28 years.
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However, his career took a turn for worse when he was diagnosed with cancer soon after the World Cup triumph. But the fighter he is, Yuvraj came out with flying colours in his fight with cancer. But unfortunately, he never got his mojo back after beating the deadly disease. He has been given ample chances but Yuvraj never managed to grab those opportunities. Last year, he made it to the ODI team after a long gap of three years. The World Cup-winner then played a career-best knock of 150 to show that he still has a lot to offer. However, he soon lost his form as well as his place in the team. India dropped the left-hander after his dismal outing in the Caribbeans.
Since then, Yuvraj has not been considered for selection in the national team. And the veteran batsman has done little to support his cause. In the last edition of the Indian Premier League, he managed to score just 65 runs from 8 games. His form in domestic cricket is equally poor. And those poor returns with the bat nearly cost him an IPL deal this year.
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Yuvraj had gone unsold in the first round of the recently-concluded IPL auction. 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.
Well, the whole cricketing fratnerity is delighted that Yuvraj got the deal and former India skipper Sourav Ganguly is not an exception either. Ganguly, who was Yuvraj’s first India skipper, took to Twitter to express his happiness, writing:
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“Extremely happy to see Yuvraj singh picked by mumbai …has been a great player for the country in shorter format ..good wishes to him @YUVSTRONG12”
Extremely happy to see Yuvraj singh picked by mumbai …has been a great player for the country in shorter format ..good wishes to him @YUVSTRONG12
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) December 21, 2018
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani is confident that his team has got a good deal. He called Yuvraj Singh’s 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.