After the rude wake-up call of going unsold in the first round of the 2019 IPL auction in Jaipur on Tuesday, India veteran Yuvraj Singh finally found a team for the 12th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Mumbai Indians (IPL) buying him for Rs 1 crore in round 2.
“If you are wondering why this took time…we’ve just got back to senses! Welcome to Mumbai,” tweeted MI.
If you are wondering why this took time…we've just got back to senses!
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 18, 2018
Yuvraj secured a last-minute deal but his IPL fortunes have been declining rapidly. After fetching a record price of Rs 16 crore at the 2015 IPL auction, the 37-year-old’s price dipped to Rs 7 crore in 2016 when he was snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
He was bought at his base price of Rs 2 crore during January’s auction earlier this year by Kings XI Punjab. The dashing all-rounder was eventually released by the Punjab-based franchise in the lead up to the recently-concluded auction.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Congrats, @YUVSTRONG12 on all the new challenges ahead of you!
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) December 18, 2018
A perfect mix of experience and youth picked up at the #IPLAuction by @mipaltan!
Glad to have Lasith Malinga and @yuvstrong12 in the MI team along with the likes of @sranbarinder, Anmolpreet Singh, Pankaj Jaswal & Rasikh Dar. #CricketMeriJaan pic.twitter.com/m0NAarb9kc
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 19, 2018
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 19, 2018
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) December 18, 2018
Yuvraj Singh now has been at the IPL Auction for six different editions and got picked by a different team every time.
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) December 18, 2018
yuvraj continues on the IPL merry go-round! #IPLAuction
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) December 18, 2018
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) December 19, 2018
Yuvraj Singh in recent IPL Auctions:
2014 – 14 crores
2015 – 16 crores
2016 – 7 crores
2018 – 2 crores
2019 – 1 crore#IPLAuction
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) December 18, 2018
Yuvraj Singh bought by Mumbai Indians after being unsold for most part in IPL auction.
Ambani knows how to recognize value .
— Adit¥∆ M∆€∆£ (@jhunjhunwala) December 18, 2018
Zak & Yuvi together again!
Mumbai Indians Director of Cricket Operations Zaheer Khan buys old friend Yuvraj Singh after he initially goes unsold. #IPLAuction
— ZENIA D'CUNHA (@ZENIADCUNHA) December 18, 2018
Yuvraj Singh should consider himself lucky.
Fans would be delighted to see him on the field, but purely on merit he could've been passed.
Mumbai Indians is a good home. #IPLAuction
— Abhishek Baxi (@baxiabhishek) December 18, 2018