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Yuvraj Singh Rues Not Settling With Any One IPL Team

PTI |July 9, 2019, 5:41 PM IST
Yuvraj Singh Rues Not Settling With Any One IPL Team

He played a pivotal role in India's two World Cup triumphs but Yuvraj Singh rued the fact that he could never settle with any particular team in the IPL despite being among the most sought after for the better part of his career.

The swashbuckling all-rounder, who retired after a glittering career last month, represented six different franchises in the lucrative franchise tournament and was part of two IPL winning teams - Sunrisers Hyderabad (2016) and Mumbai Indians (2019).

In the 2014 auctions, Yuvraj was the most expensive player of the IPL history after Royal Challengers Bangalore won an intense bid with Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping Rs 14 crore.

But the 37-year-old never got identified with a team like Chennai Super Kings' iconic captain MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

"I can't explain but I was never settled with a franchise. I didn't really get settled where you are made to play for one franchise or maybe two," Yuvraj said after receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 91st annual general meeting of the Indian Chambers of Commerce.

"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," he recalled.

Yuvraj was instrumental in Sunrisers Hyderabad maiden and only IPL triumph in 2016 but the stylish all-rounder went unsold in the first round of bidding for this year's IPL before being sold to Mumbai at his base price 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," Yuvraj said.

Yuvraj had taken the inaugural World Twenty20 by storm, smashing six sixes in a row against English pacer Stuart Broad in their triumphant campaign in 2007.

"The inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 changed world cricket especially in T20. It was just my day. The fifth ball was a yorker and still I managed to hit that out of the park. It was my day," said Yuvraj.

"It was a phenomenal tournament, it took cricket to the next level. Absolutely nobody was expecting us to win it. We played fearless cricket. We had a new captain. We lost a few crucial games and had to win all three to get to the finals. We just went and expressed ourselves."

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Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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