Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) decided not to retain veteran all-rounder Yuvraj Singh ahead of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions at Jaipur. Moreover, the all-rounder went unsold in the first round of the auctions before three-time champions Mumbai Indians roped him in the dying hours for his base price of Rs 1 crore. As the tournament nears its business end, former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir feels the franchises insulted him buying for such a less price.
Yuvraj deserved more: Gambhir
Yuvraj Singh, who has not played much competitive cricket in the last year started 2019 IPL on a high. He scored a half-century in the first match of the season against Delhi Capitals although his side ended on the losing side. He got two starts before the franchise eventually dropped him from the playing XI. They have preferred Ishan Kishan over Yuvraj, who has made very little contributions so far. Mumbai Indians are currently in the second spot after Chennai Super Kings with 12 points from 10 games.
Gautam Gambhir, who has joined BJP recently after retiring from cricket, said it was an insult to a player like Yuvraj Singh’s stature. He also said that the franchises paid him less money and he deserved more.
“Yuvraj did not get enough respect and neither did he get enough money, he was paid less in this IPL as well,” Gambhir said to Navbharat Times.
Yuvraj Singh will hope for some more opportunities sometime later in this edition of the IPL. With Mumbai Indians in like for qualifying to the playoffs, Yuvraj can play a significant role. Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh’s comeback to the national team is almost over with his last international game coming in 2017.
Mumbai Indians suffered a humiliating defeat against the second-last team Rajasthan Royals in the points table. They will look to return to winning ways in the next game when they take on Chennai Super Kings in an away game on April 26.