Yuvraj Singh regrets not settling down with an IPL team

Yuvraj was instrumental in Sunrisers’ maiden and only IPL triumph in 2016 but the stylish southpaw 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.

Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh at the 91st annual general meeting of Indian Chamber of Commerce in Kolkata on Tuesday.   -  PTI

 

India opener Rohit Sharma benefitted from Yuvraj Singh’s advice of being in ‘good space’ to shine in the ongoing ICC World Cup. The former India left-hander certainly knows the secret to Cup success. Looking back at India’s successful World Cup campaign in 2011, Yuvraj — who was the player of the tournament — said good advice from coach Gary Kirsten and psychological trainer Mike Horn helped the team.

“The 2011 World Cup was a special journey. There was a lot of pressure playing at home. I was going through good form. The coach told me it was very important to be in good space…Mike Horn brought in a lot of self-belief in the team,” said Yuvraj, after receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indian Chamber of Commerce here on Tuesday.

Yuvraj, who also played a key role in India’s World T20 triumph in 2007, said the inaugural T20 mega event in South Africa was a turning point for the sport.

“World T20 took cricket to the next level. Nobody expected us to win. We were a young side, we had a new captain and we played fearlessly…Chris Gayle’s hundred in the opening match and my six sixes took the world by storm…It was my day (when I hit six sixes). The fifth ball was almost a yorker and I hit it out of the park.”

The 37-year-old, who retired from international cricket last month, said the success of World T20 contributed in the creation of the Indian Premier League.

Yuvraj, who played for six IPL franchises, underlined that he could never stick to one franchise. “I cannot explain, but I never settled with a franchise.”

He fondly remembered the 2014 IPL auctions where he unexpectedly gained a whopping Rs 14 crore. “I almost joined Kolkata Knight Riders but in last moment I went to Royal Challengers Bangalore. I probably had my best IPL season with RCB. It was unfortunate not to come to KKR.”

Yuvraj also enjoyed his association with champion sides Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians in 2016 and 2019 respectively.