One of the finest stroke-makers in world cricket, Yuvraj Singh is all set to don the Mumbai Indians jersey as the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is just around the corner. The southpaw is currently playing for Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He hasn’t scored too many runs in the tournament so far. He has an average of 18.25 and an unimpressive strike rate of 112. The southpaw has looked rusty in the tournament so far. His best knock came against Railways when he scored 26 of 15 deliveries which were studded with 4 fours.
Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh is also attending the practice session with his new franchise the Mumbai Indians. The southpaw will look to roar back to form in the blue jersey in which he has looked at his best throughout his career. During the net sessions for the Mumbai Indians, Yuvraj Singh also tried to emulate his mate MS Dhoni and played a helicopter shot. Yuvi came down the track and whacked a left-arm orthodox spinner over the mid-wicket region.
The 2011 World Cup star last donned the Indian colours during an ODI series in the Windies. Since then his form has dipped considerably. Hence he hasn’t been picked in the national team. He is 37 years old and is already regarded as one of the finest ODI players. However, the fire within him is still refusing to die in a bid to play for India for the one last time.
Yuvraj will look to get some important runs under his belt which might pave his way for a comeback in the national team. The southpaw wasn’t picked by any of the franchise in the first leg of the IPL Auctions. However, Mumbai Indians managed to bag him at his base price of Rs 1 crore. Last year Yuvraj had played for Punjab. He was woefully out of touch and managed to score only 65 runs in 8 matches. Hence Punjab decided to not retain him.
In all likelihood, Yuvraj Singh is expected to be part of the Playing XI for the Mumbai Indians. He is a champion batsman and will look to play an important role in the middle order. This will be a crucial tournament for him and might be the make or break season for the champion left-handed batsman.