Yuvraj Singh’s stocks might have somewhat dropped in recent times, but he’s still the most expensive player in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions. After Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) released Yuvraj after IPL 10, he returned to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) for a base price of Rs 2 crore. But KXIP has released the local crowd favourite as well, after a mediocre performance in previous season. Out of eight franchises, Yuvraj has already played for four but fans of two popular franchises are vociferously requesting the management to bid for the 37-year-old in the upcoming auction on December 18.
For the first time in IPL, Yuvraj has decreased his base price to Rs 1 crore. Irrespective of his form, Yuvraj is a dangerous player when he gets going. With his base price slashed by 50 per cent, franchises might look to fit him in their middle order. Apart from his batting exploits, he can also be a valuable addition as a mentor for the youngsters.
With franchise upping their social media game ahead of the auction and engaging their fans, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) asked fans on Twitter the name of the players they should bid for and here’s what happened:
— Madan Lal Meena (@MadanLa34781457) December 13, 2018
Yuvraj singh was good all rounder .but now his lost his form. But if u choose to csk.dhoni and yuvi will rock next year Ipl pic.twitter.com/40PyloYtgd
— Srinivasu Chukkakula1437 (@chukkakula) December 13, 2018
@YUVSTRONG12 .Of course Yuvraj should be in the yellow jersey for the deadly combo.@msdhoni and @YUVSTRONG12 .the bowlers hands should tremble to break their partnership.Please do buy yuvi to @ChennaiIPL and make him be the invincible hero and @jayadevunadkat… pic.twitter.com/Z8sE97LzL9
— saadvig msvjcr7 (@gentleman_msvj) December 13, 2018
Yuvraj sing pic.twitter.com/JspgwiMxoL
— Amarjyoti Swain (@swain_amarjyoti) December 15, 2018
— kathirsam (@kathirsam7) December 13, 2018
buy him to make your team more strong. Yuvi and rohit can destroy any attack
— Ankit Anand (@Ankitstrong17) December 14, 2018
Hey @mipaltan i think, you should buy @YUVSTRONG12 in #IPLAuction for next @IPL season, may be he solved our middle order & also finishing match concern. And @YUVSTRONG12 is an Indian player hence he will be fit in team.#CricketMeriJaan
— Saurabh Bhagirathi (@sk_bhagirathi) December 12, 2018
Rohit sir ek baar Hum Chahte Hain Yuvraj Singh Mumbai Indians ke liye Khele
— Akash Kumar (@AkashKu06225923) December 12, 2018
— A B S (@ABS1785) December 13, 2018
Keeping in mind the potential of the flamboyant left-handed batsman, he can be on radar of few franchises. In previous auction, CSK were trolled for picking veterans in the team instead of youngsters but managed to lift the trophy on comeback. They banked on the experience of players like Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu and others to produce the results, they might just invest in Yuvraj for at least one season.
On the other hand, MI need stability in their middle order. A batsman around whom others can bat. The new role may as well bring Yuvraj back in form. The three-time IPL winners could not make it into the qualifiers last time around and may bank upon a veteran Indian batsman in the side and then bring in overseas bowlers.
The 2011 World Cup hero is known for his comebacks. And we’re pretty sure that with this IPL, he will be hoping he finds a franchise he can stick in for the time being.