Twitterati unhappy with Yuvraj Singh being demoted for Axar Patel

It could’ve been a tactical ploy by Kings XI Punjab but it ended up being a huge failure for them

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

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The Mumbai Indians went on to register a fantastic victory in a thriller at Wankhede. The game had a lot of twists and turns but the hosts managed to have the last laugh. With this win, their hopes of making it to the playoffs are still alive as they look forward to beating Delhi Daredevils in their last encounter.

Kings XI Punjab began the run chase well. Chris Gayle was dismissed after launching a few out of the ground. However, it was KL Rahul’s knock of 94 runs from just 60 balls which kept the Mumbai bowlers on check throughout the innings. Finch also played a key role at No.3.

As Marcus Stoinis was dismissed early, there was a surprising decision from the dugout. Axar Patel walked in to bat ahead of players like Manoj Tiwary and Yuvraj Singh. It could’ve been a tactical ploy by Kings XI Punjab but it ended up being a huge failure for them.

There were also a lot of questions raised over Yuvraj Singh batting down the order. The fact that the team management sent Axar Patel ahead of Yuvraj shows the loss of faith in the senior. The 36-year-old has been going through a lean patch in this year’s Indian Premier League.

Unlike the last few years, Yuvraj’s fading popularity amongst the franchisees was evident during the IPL auction. Kings XI Punjab attained him for ₹2 crores in what was the only bid for the left-handed batsman. However, he failed to do any justice with the bat so far in the tournament.

Yuvraj Singh has scored just 65 runs in 8 games he has played this season. While he has never been great when it comes to the IPL, there was certainly a lot better expected from his side. His constant failures have hurt Kings XI Punjab’s prospects badly at the middle order.

Here are some of the Twitter reactions on Yuvraj Singh being demoted in the batting order for Axar Patel

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