When Yuvraj Singh’s name was called out during the IPL Auction for the 2019 edition, there was an eerie silence in the room. From once igniting bidding wars and going for Rs 14 crore and Rs 16 crore, he went unpicked in the first round. It came as no surprise to the southpaw who believes that youngsters were going to be the main pick for the franchises in the opening round.
After being released by Kings XI Punjab following a poor season where he mustered just 65 runs from 8 matches, the World Cup winner was put into the auction and was one of the biggest names at the draw. In the second round, as teams made their request for players to be brought back for the rapidfire round, Yuvraj had only one bidder – Mumbai Indians – who eventually acquired his services for Rs 1 crore. Yuvraj spoke about being hopeful of finding a buyer eventually.
“There was no disappointment as such because I had an idea that I would not be picked in the first round,” the 2011 World Cup winner was quoted as saying by Mumbai Mirror. “The reason is obvious, when you are putting together an IPL team, you will be looking at the youngsters. I am at that stage of my career where it could be presumed that I may be in the last stages of my career. I had hoped that there would be a buyer for me in the last round.”
Speaking about the bid made by Mumbai Indians, Yuvraj revealed that he had a gut feeling that he might go to MI next season. Later, Akash Ambani called Yuvraj the “biggest steal in auction history”.