IPL 2019: Three reasons why Yuvraj Singh is a risky pick by the Mumbai Indians

IPL 2019: Three reasons why Yuvraj Singh is a risky pick by the Mumbai Indians

Getting Yuvraj into the side is a bold move by the team management and whether it pays off is to be seen in coming weeks.

Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh
Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The 12th season of the most entertaining cricket league of the globe is set to roll on from next week. Nowadays, IPL is like a yearly festival celebrated by the cricket fraternity around the world and especially in the cities and villages of India, as it brings joy and serenity to each and every section of people. This is the time when fans will chart out their schedules according to the IPL calendar so that they don’t miss their favourite player in action.

Along with this hustle and bustle, players and franchises gear up for their respective campaigns. One such franchise is none other than three-time champions Mumbai Indians, who have their core players intact and they bagged some new players in the auction, who would be eagerly waiting to lead the team to its record 4th title. Over the years MI always have the hottest property in the league.

This time also they have some exciting new players and some established names in their ranks. But, this season, in order to make history the franchise has bought the services of a member of 2011 World Cup-winning Indian squad- Yuvraj Singh. The move seems to be transpired from last year’s performances where the team lost a bunch of games in the last overs due to lack of experienced players.

For Yuvi it is his sixth collaboration with a franchise and certainly his last chance to prove the selectors that he can still match the international standards. Getting Yuvraj Singh into the side is a bold move by the team management and whether it pays off is to be seen in the coming weeks.

So here are three reasons which explain why Yuvraj Singh is a bad buy by the Mumbai Indians:

One Dimensional Player:

Yuvraj Singh
Kings XI Punjab’s Yuvraj Singh. (Photo: IANS)

Yuvraj Singh is one of the greatest all-rounders India have produced in its cricketing history. His ability with both bat and ball are part of India’s cricket folklore and it was on show during India’s victorious campaign of WC 2011 where he bagged the Player of the Tournament award. During his heydays Yuvi’s contribution to the team was invaluable but as of late his craft with the ball has completely waned which makes him a one-dimensional player.

MI has many multifaceted players but if the BCCI asks the franchise to rest Hardik Pandya for some matches keeping the World Cup in mind, then the balance of the team changes and that’s where Yuvraj’s bowling could have been useful but it doesn’t inspire much these days. Now even on sluggish surfaces, Yuvi is not preferred by skippers and it is odd for a player who has taken 2 IPL hat-tricks.