Twitterati welcome Yuvraj Singh back to KXIP

The Preity Zinta co-owned Kings XI Punjab franchise was the lone bidder for the player.

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Yuvraj Singh of India. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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Arguably one of India’s most iconic limited-overs all-rounder, Yuvraj Singh has time and again risen to the occasion on the biggest of stages. From captaining IPL teams and being an integral part of India’s successful 2007 World T20 campaign to helping the Men in Blue lift the 50-over World Cup, Yuvi has achieved it all.

However, his recent dip in form has kept him out of the Indian squad for a while now. And this factor, in turn, took a toll on Yuvraj’s price in the mega IPL 2018 Player Auction. The left-hander who was a part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise makes a return to his home-state Punjab for the upcoming season. The Preity Zinta co-owned Kings XI Punjab was the lone bidder for the player as they acquired his service for Rs2 crores, his base price.

After picking up Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the first round, KXIP had a busy second round. Apart from Yuvraj, the franchise roped in young batting dynamo for Karun Nair. It was an intriguing war for the 23-year-old batsman with RR also pursuing him with intent but Punjab bagged him for 5.6cr.

Yuvraj is a proven fighter both on and off the pitch– a trait best illustrated by his successful battle against cancer. The 36-year-old previously played for Kings XI Punjab and Pune Warriors India in the IPL before being snapped up by RCB in the 2014 Player Auction for a whopping 14 crore. He emerged as the highest paid player in that auction.

The all-rounder broke that record in the 2015 Player Auction when he was bought by DD for 16 crore. Sunrisers Hyderabad acquired his services the next season in 2016. Though he was out for the start of the tournament owing to an injury, Yuvraj was a regular feature once he was back. He played some crucial cameos for the Sunrisers in their build-up to their maiden IPL title win.

Here are some of the reactions that emerged after his signing: