It was a shocking news when Yuvraj Singh was bought for Rs. 16 crore at IPL Auction for Season 8. But it seemed to be well since it was expected that Yuvraj would deliver his best performance in the tournament. But now…..
Yuvraj Singh has managed to score only 205 runs at a dismal average of 18.63 in 12 IPL Season 8 games so far. Delhi Daredevils’ CEO Hemant Dua though clarifies that buying him for Rs 16 crore was because of competition from other franchises during the auctions earlier in the year. He admitted that, ” He would have wanted to buy Yuvraj Singh for a lesser price at the 2015 auctions but interest from rival franchises forced the amount up to Rs 16 crores.” He also added that, It was IPL market that decided Yuvraj Singh’s price of Rs 16 crore and the franchise is firmly backing the ageing star despite his failure to turn the team’s fortunes in the ongoing eighth edition of the league.
“Would we have liked it to be Rs 16 crores? No, as a franchise, I would want it to be as less as possible, right. But there is an opposition (rival franchises), which is there and they want the price to go up. So as I said, it was market determined,” Dua explained.
“Being a player that he is, he will overcome it and as a franchise we support him wherever we can. We don’t see that as his fault. He is here to perform and is trying his best,” the CEO added.
Asked if Yuvraj and Zaheer Khan was in DD’s long-term plans considering their age, the CEO seemed non-committal.
“If they are fit and happy to play, we have no problems. But when their bodies give signals it is completely upto them. A career decision is taken by the individual himself and I am no one to comment on that,” he added further.