One of the most inconsistent sides in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), have failed to secure a title win since its inception in 2008.
In fact, KXIP, Delhi Capitals (DC), and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) , are the only three teams who are yet open their account in the tally of IPL titles, amongst active teams.
Very seldom has the team even qualified for the playoffs. One of the backbones through which the team was built was local-boy Yuvraj Singh.
After featuring in almost all franchises during his glittering IPL career, Yuvi spilled beans about his experience in the KXIP camp.
“I wanted to run away from Kings XI Punjab … the management didn’t like me there … they did nothing I asked them to do … and when I left they bought all the players I had been asking them to. I love Punjab but I did not like the running of the franchise,” said the recently-retired cricketer.
Yuvraj was the marquee player for KXIP in the first three editions of the tournament, only to be released later.
After featuring for Pune Warriors India (PWI), Delhi Daredevils (DD), RCB, and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Yuvraj made his way back to the Mohali-based franchise in 2018, only to be released in the subsequent season.
Looking back at his career, Yuvi took full responsibility for the Indian loss in the 2014 T20 World Cup. The Punjab swashbuckler could not find the middle of the bat in the finals against Sri Lanka, where he scored 11 off 21 deliveries at the death, keeping in-form Virat Kohli at the non-strikers’ end.
“I take full responsibility for that final loss. I couldn’t hit the ball. But then the Lankans bowled very well. Even the other batsmen struggled but fans and media made me the villain. There were stones thrown on my house in Chandigarh. When I came home, I saw my India cap and the bat I hit 6 sixes with and realised my time is done,” Yuvraj concluded.