Get the app

IPL 2019 | I’ll be First One to Hang My Boots When Time Comes: Yuvraj

Cricketnext Staff | March 25, 2019, 6:14 PM IST

At 37 years of age, very few people expected Yuvraj Singh to draw the interest of teams at the IPL-12 auctions before Mumbai Indians gave him a much-needed lifeline by bringing him on board for INR 1 crore. The faith that Mumbai showed in the swashbuckling Punjab batsman was partially redeemed when the veteran blazed a 35-balls 53 in their opening IPL-12 tie against Delhi Capitals.

Although Yuvraj’s knock failed to lift his side to a win, his debut performance for Mumbai Indians showed that the fire to perform still burns bright.

“The last two years, have been up and down (for me). And I could not decide on what to do,” Yuvraj, who was the top-scorer in Mumbai’s 37-run loss, told the media on Sunday night.

“I have been speaking to Sachin (Tendulkar) as well and he has gone through that time when he was 37-38-39 (and how he felt). Talking to him makes things easier for me. And I am just playing because I enjoy playing cricket pretty much,” he added.

Yuvraj was released by the Kings XI Punjab last year after scoring just 65 runs in six innings in 2018. This was also his first IPL fifty since scoring 70 not out against the Delhi franchise in the 2017 season.

The Punjab southpaw is not prepared to take a call on his cricketing career yet. “When the time comes, I will be the first one to hang my boots,” the 37-year-old said.

“The main thing for me was why I played the game when I started off. I played the game because I enjoyed playing cricket. When I enjoyed playing cricket, I was not playing for India. I was playing for U-14s and U-16s. So till the time, I enjoy playing cricket, I am going to play,” he added.

Mumbai is Yuvraj’s sixth IPL team after Kings XI Punjab, Pune Warriors, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was pleased to start the new journey with a fifty under her belt.

“I decided to take my time out there, wickets were falling around me. If I took a chance early we were going to end up wrapping up early. I am happy with the way I was hitting the ball. The most important is winning the game, we’ll learn from the mistakes,” Yuvraj said about his knock on Sunday.


Yuvraj, who has played in 129 IPL games so far for 2705 runs with 13 fifties and strike-rate of 130, was pleased to bat at the crucial No. 4 position for MI.

“I have been batting No. 4 in last 6-7 years of my career. I have been playing for a long time, so they (MI) know what responsibility to give me. It went well today, hopefully runs will look good if I can win the game for the team,” he said.

The MI batsman felt that it was a ‘180-190’ track at Wankhede and Delhi Capitals’ 213 was a match-winning total.

“Losing Rohit (Sharma) early and the way (Quinton) De Kock was going but got out and then Pollard also was dismissed early, we couldn’t get any partnerships going. It was a 180-190 sort of a wicket. 213 was a match-winning score, Delhi has got a good bowling attack,” he said.

Yuvraj was also full of praise for fellow southpaw Rishabh Pant, who blazed 78 off just 27 balls with seven sixes and seven fours.

“I can’t comment on (World Cup) selection but Rishabh was outstanding. He had an outstanding season last year as well. He has been playing well in the Test matches, scored two hundreds overseas which shows his talent. It’s important that we groom him well, hopefully he’ll be next big thing for us,” he said about Pant.

Finally on the young Jammu & Kashmir paceman Rasikh Salam, who made his debut for MI on Sunday at the age of just 17, Yuvraj said, “Rasikh the day he came in the nets, everybody was really impressed by him, the way he swung the ball. The confidence that he showed, that’s the reason why guys decided to play him. He swings the ball and got hit for 6 and 4 in the last two balls but apart from that if you see he bowled really well for his first game. He is going to be really special in the next 2-3 years.”

Related Story

Top Videos

Cricketnext Staff | Friday Aug 16, 2019 | 07:26 pm IST

WATCH | Ravi Shastri More in Tune With Team than Other Applicants: CAC

Cricketnext Staff | Friday Aug 16, 2019 | 07:44 pm IST

WATCH | Process of Selection of Coach is Important: Memon

More videos

Cricketnext Staff | Aug 12, 2019 | 11:07 am IST

WATCH | We Bowled Well to Restrict India to 279: WI Coach Reifer

Cricketnext Staff | Aug 12, 2019 | 10:54 am IST

WATCH | It's an Honour to Work With Chris Gayle: Floyd Reifer

Cricketnext Staff | Aug 07, 2019 | 08:09 am IST

WATCH | Need to Get Some Wins and Take it From There: Pollard

Cricketnext Staff | Aug 07, 2019 | 07:57 am IST

WATCH | Pant Applied Himself to Finish The Game Off: Kohli

Cricketnext Staff | Aug 05, 2019 | 11:51 pm IST

WATCH | Steve Smith Was Unbelievable: Paine

Cricketnext Staff | Aug 05, 2019 | 01:57 am IST

WATCH | Dream Come True to Make a Comeback Like This: Steve Smith

Cricketnext Staff | Aug 05, 2019 | 01:36 am IST

WATCH | In Many Ways You Have to Admire Smith's Ton: Thorpe

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 Australia 4320 108
3 England 5253 105
4 New Zealand 3449 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7748 121
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 South Africa 5193 110
5 Australia 5854 110
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 6095 265
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 5248 262
see more