New Delhi: India team outcast Yuvraj Singh led the Indian Premier League's auction bid held on Monday as he was bought for a whooping sum of Rs 16 crore by the Delhi Daredevils. Yuvraj's sum was the highest in this season's auction of IPL 8 season and the veteran southpaw showed he still the boss in the cash rich mega event.
Yuvraj broke his own record this season, as Delhi shattered the bid to get hold of the batsman. Last year, he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whooping sum of Rs 14 crore, and there was a rise of further Rs two crore this term.
Yuvraj had a decent outing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore last season in the Indian Premier League, scoring 376 runs in 14 matches, Yuvraj got a cold shoulder in December as the RCB decided to do away with their star player. The RCB management released him for this season citing lack of consistency.
But Bangalore's loss was Delhi's gain. The Delhi think-tank feels he could be their main man in delivering success after the outfit had an ordinary season last term.
Yuvraj's value showed he still has it in him to find takers.
Delhi probably still knew his worth, and his ability to win matches single-handedly in the T20 format.
Earlier, the Indian selectors had dropped him from India's 30-man World Cup squad, and he replied back with some consistent performances for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy.
Reports ran he could still make the final squad for the biggest event but the all-rounder didn't find a place in the team after the selectors chose Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Stuart Binny instead.
Yuvraj was also dropped from BCCI's contract list. Yuvi was in the Grade B list but didn't find his name to make the cut even in Grade C.
With Delhi getting hold off him for a mammoth sum, Yuvraj will look to show why he is still a force to be reckoned with. Moreover he will play under coach Gary Kirsten, who helped the Indian team win the ICC 2011 World Cup. Yuvraj starred in the 2011 event and will look to build another strong partnership with the former India coach.