Yuvraj Singh expresses disappointment for not being able to settle in any IPL franchise in the tournament’s 12 year long history
Team India’s former all-rounder who announced his retirement from International Cricket just the previous month, expressed his disappointment for not having been able to settle for any of the IPL franchises he has played in the cash-rich tournament.
Yuvraj, who was instrumental in India’s two World Cup wins in 2007 and 2011, was a part of six different IPL franchises in the twelve year long IPL history.
“I was never settled in whichever franchise I played for. I didn’t really get settled where you are made to play for one franchise or maybe two,” Yuvraj said while receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 91st annual general meeting of the Indian Chambers of Commerce here.
Yuvraj reminisces the 2014 IPL auctions
Despite not being a regular feature in any of the IPL sides, the 37-year-old can boast of the fact that he was the most expensive player of the 2014 edition of the IPL. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had bought the Southpaw for a whooping sum of 14 Crores.
“I almost joined KKR but last moment (in the auctions), I went to RCB. I probably had my best IPL season with RCB. It was unfortunate not to come to KKR,” reminisced Yuvraj after RCB sealed the deal in an intense battle with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
The left-hander was also part of the 2016 IPL champion team- Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), but a dip in form since 2017, meant that he had to settle as a last minute purchase for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 2019 edition for a base price sum of Rs.1 Crore.
“I can’t really complain about it. It was great working with all these teams. Being with Mumbai Indians and winning the championship, and also winning for Sunrisers was a great experience,” said Yuvraj, who played four matches for Mumbai this season.