Yuvraj Singh has started his IPL campaign on a good note. All eyes where on him when he walked out to bat for Mumbai Indians against Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. The southpaw, one of India’s greatest-ever match-winners, entered the competition on the back of some dismal batting displays in the last one year or so.
Yuvraj last played for India during the tour of West Indies in 2017. He then failed to do well in domestic cricket as well as last year’s IPL. Playing for Kings XI Punjab last year, the World Cup-winning star had managed to score just 65 runs in 8 games at an average of just 10.83 and a top-score of 20. In fact, the poor show had nearly cost him an IPL deal in the last auction as he had gone unsold in the first round. Mumbai Indians then gave him a lifeline by buying him at his base price of INR 1 crore and on Sunday the southpaw showed that he can very well repay the faith shown in him by the franchise.
Yuvraj scored a fighting fifty against Delhi Capitals. He rolled back the clock with his 35-ball 53 runs knock including 5 fours and 3 sixes although his effort eventually went in vain. Chasing an improbable 213, Mumbai Indians were all out for just 176.
The southpaw, meanwhile, is looking to continue his fine start to the competition when Mumbai Indians take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the crucial clash on Thursday. The hard-hitting batsman was seen taking the bowlers to the cleaners in the nets as he looked in devastating touch.
Mumbai Indians shared a video of the left-hander’s net session on Twitter.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 27, 2019
Yuvraj Singh, meanwhile, has said he would take retirement from the game as soon as he feels his time is over. Speculations are rife that the legendary batsman might hang his boots in the coming days.
“When the time comes, I will be the first one to hang up my boots. I spoke to Sachin (Tendulkar) as well and he has gone through such a time at 38-39. Talking to him makes things easier for me. In the last two years, I have been up and down. I started playing cricket because I enjoyed the game and then I was not playing for Indian. It was U-14, U-16, so till the time I enjoy, I will play,” Yuvraj said.