IPL 2019 Auction: Why Yuvraj Singh wasn’t upset after remaining unsold in 1st round

first_imgYuvraj Singh was sold to Mumbai Indians at his base price of Rs 1 crore in the Indian Premier League 2019 Auction in Jaipur on Tuesday but not before he was left unsold in the first round.Yuvraj Singh is one of India’s greatest match-winners in limited-overs cricket. The stylish all-rounder was key to India’s 2007 World T20 triumph and won the man-of-the-series award when India lifted the World Cup in 2011.However, Yuvraj Singh has been left out in the cold after the tour of West Indies in 2017. In the 2018 IPL, he played for Kings XI Punjab but managed only 65 runs from eight matches. He was released before the latest auction where three-time champions Mumbai Indians picked him up at a price they felt was a great steal.Overall, Yuvraj Singh has scored 2652 runs from 128 matches in the IPL. Although he last played for India in June 2017, Yuvraj Singh is a huge draw in the Indian cricket fraternity with a strong fan base. It, therefore, came as a shock to many of his admirers when Yuvraj was unsold in the auction.But Yuvraj Singh himself was not surprised. He said he understood the dynamics of team composition at auctions having played in the IPL for 11 years. He said he did not feel disappointed because he reckoned he may not be picked in the first round.”The reason is obvious, when you are putting together an IPL team, you will be looking at the youngsters. I am at that stage of my career where it could be presumed that I may be in the last stages of my career. I had hoped that there would be a buyer for me in the last round,” Yuvraj told Mumbai Mirror.advertisementThe moment we’ve all been waiting for!Mr. Yuvraj Singh in the MI Blue and Gold #CricketMeriJaan @YUVSTRONG12 pic.twitter.com/Pt9lIkad2eMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 19, 2018Yuvraj, however, somehow felt he would go to Mumbai Indians where he will reunite with the class of 2011. He is also close friends with Rohit Sharma, the MI skipper.Yuvraj Singh conceded he had a poor season with KXIP in 2018 but said the constant shuffling in the batting order did not help matters. “Agreed, that the last season was not great. But the point was I played at different positions in four-five games. I was not given one position to bat. This year I am very keen to make the best of the opportunity that will come my way.”Also Read | No relation between IPL price tag and my hunger to play for India again: Jaydev UnadkatAlso Read | IPL 2019 Auction: Didn’t expect to get Yuvraj for Rs 1 crore, says MI owner Akash AmbaniAlso See:last_img read more