Jaipur, Dec 16: There is good news for Yuvraj Singh fans. Mumbai Indians bought the attractive stroke-player at his base price of Rs 1 crore. Did Sachin Tendulkar play a role in Mumbai Indians' decision of buying Yuvraj? Everybody is guessing on this. Yuvraj had remained unsold in the first round of IPL auction.
Earlier, former India opener Gautam Gambhir was amazed as veteran Yuvraj Singh went unsold in the first round of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on Tuesday, but believed the swashbuckling left-hander will surely be picked in the next round.For the first time this year, Yuvraj had reduced his base price to Rs 1 crore. However, no franchise showed interest in picking the sixer king. The 37-year-old cricketer will be brought back in the auction pool later in the evening."I am surprised no team opted to pick him, he might not be able to do what he used to earlier or to perform the same way, but on a good day, Yuvraj can single-handedly win matches for his team," Gambhir was quoted as saying by IPL's official broadcaster Star Sports."In my observation the teams are currently being safe and picking their first set of players, and I am confident he will be sold in the second round," the former cricketer opined.Yuvraj, who has featured for four franchises -- Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad -- till now, was the most expensive player in the history of the IPL auctions when Delhi Capitals, earlier known as Delhi Daredevils, spent a whopping Rs 16 crore for the all-rounder in 2015.He was bought by Punjab at his base price of Rs 2 Crore, as no other team bid for him. Poor batting in IPL 2018 forced Punjab to release him for IPL 2019. He scored just 65 runs in eight matches in 2018. He was also dropped from the playing XI.Yuvraj has played 128 IPL matches scoring 2652 runs. He has taken 36 wickets in IPL.News24 bureau/ IANS