Last Update on: November 18th, 2019 at 11:19 am
Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh was one of the high-profile names released by the IPL franchises ahead of next month’s auction. Defending champions Mumbai Indians decided to part ways with the allrounder after his poor campaign last season. Apart from Yuvraj Singh, Mumbai Indians released nine more players.
Yuvraj Singh has been nothing less than a journeyman in the league. He started his IPL career with hi home franchise Kings XI Punjab and led the team to the semi-final in the inaugural season of the league. His next team was the now-defunct Pune Warriors India before Royal Challengers Bangalore splashed a record amount of INR 14 crore to secure his services.
But Yuvraj failed to do justice to the price tag and was released by the franchise. But that did not hamper his reputation as Delhi Capitals paid a whopping INR 16 crore to buy him. Yuvraj, however, failed to deliver again and was next bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016 for INR 7 crore. He stayed with the franchise for two years and won the league in 2016.
In 2018, he played for Kings XI Punjab before the franchise released him after just one season. In the last season, he plied his trade for Mumbai Indians. Yuvraj was looking set to go unsold in the auction before Mumbai Indians bought him at his base price of INR 1 Crore. Yuvraj started well with a fifty before failing to deliver and soon lost his place in the playing eleven.
And Mumbai Indians are now the World Cup-winner’s final IPL team as he is no more eligible to play in the league. Earlier this year, Yuvraj had to retire from international cricket as well as IPL before obtaining the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from BCCI to play in Global Canada T20.
As per BCCI’s rules, a player has to retire from Indian cricket, including IPL, to get an NOC to be eligible to play leagues around the world. Former India cricketers Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and others played IPL even after retiring from international cricket because they did not retire from IPL and thus played in the league even after bringing down curtains on their international career.