How times change for the mighty. Once the crown prince of Indian cricket, Yuvraj Singh has been battling tough times and even with his form. He struggled badly for Kings XI Punjab during the 2018 edition and was dropped from the side many times. He played 8 games in the edition, only managing a poor return of 65 runs. This led to the franchise releasing him from their squad and Yuvraj went into the auction pool at a meager base price of 1 crore.
Despite setting his price comparatively low for a player of his stature, when Yuvraj’s name came up during the auctions, new IPL auctioneer Hugh Edmeades was unable to find any buyers for the dashing Punjab-based batsman.
Finally, in one of the final rounds of the auction, the Mumbai Indians who were on the lookout for an Indian middle-order batsman decided to take a calculated gamble on him and bought him for his base price of 1 crore.
This marks a remarkable downfall for the 2007 T20I World Cup and the 2011 World Cup hero who was once regarded as one of the finest players in the shorter format of the game.
At one point, such was Yuvraj’s demand that for two years in a row in 2014 and 2015, Yuvraj fetched the highest amount in the auctions at Rs 14 crores and Rs 16 crores respectively.
Despite him struggling for form right now, this could well be a wise investment by the Mumbai-based franchise as on his day, Yuvraj has the ability to win a match on his own with his devastating hitting prowess.