Yuvraj Singh was insulted in IPL 2019 Auction: Gautam Gambhir
Yuvraj did not get enough respect or money, says Gambhir.
Updated - Apr 19, 2019 7:16 pm
Gautam Gambhir has seamlessly moved into the career of media from playing cricket with his popular commentary stint in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2019. He had retired from the game before the IPL 2019 auction began and with that ended a glorious career which yielded two IPL titles with Kolkata Knight Riders.
He feels that his former India teammate Yuvraj Singh was basically insulted when he went unsold in the first stage of the IPL 2019 auction and then was picked by Mumbai Indians for his base price of INR 1 crore. Yuvraj, who was once an icon player for Punjab and has played for many franchises throughout his IPL career, is in the twilight of his career, having last played for India in 2017. He was looking at IPL as a way to push for a final run with the Indian team in international cricket.
Yuvraj did not get enough respect or money, says Gambhir
Recently, in an interview with Navbharat Times, Gambhir was seen saying that, “Yuvraj did not get enough respect and neither did he get enough money, he was paid less in this IPL as well.” Yuvraj Singh holds the distinction for being the most expensive player sold twice in IPL auctions, but his career in the popular T20 league has been a mediocre one.
He has won the IPL tournament with Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016 season. He has two hat-tricks in the tournament and has done everything a player can do. In the ongoing IPL 2019, he started off well, hitting a fifty in his first match for the Mumbai Indians, but after a few failures, has been warming the bench.
Yuvraj Singh, who is now 37 years old, may never play for India again, but nothing can take away from him that he was the Player of the tournament when India last won the World Cup in 2011 at home and he did so while suffering from an illness that was later diagnosed as cancer.
Meanwhile, Gambhir has joined the Bhartiya Janta Party in March 2019 and is expected to fight election from Delhi north constituency.