Veteran Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on Thursday said he was “not surprised” with the Round One snub in the recently concluded Indian Premier League players’ auction that was held on Tuesday in Jaipur.

In IPL players’ auction ahead of the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league, Yuvraj Singh went unsold in the first round; however, he was later bought by three-time IPL champion Mumbai Indians late in the evening.

Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, the 2011 World Cup winner said, “There was no disappointment as such because I had an idea that I would not be picked in the first round,” before adding, “The reason is obvious, when you are putting together an IPL team, you will be looking at the youngsters. I am at that stage of my career where it could be presumed that I may be in the last stages of my career. I had hoped that there would be a buyer for me in the last round.”

 

Talking about MI, Yuvraj Singh said, he had this feeling that he might play for Mumbai in the 12th season of the IPL.

“Somewhere within me there was a feeling that I might go to Mumbai… frankly I am looking for an opportunity to play this year and I am happy that it has come. Akash (Ambani) had said some nice things about me and it feels good to have such confidence,” Yuvraj added.

While playing for Kings XI Punjab in the last season of IPL, Yuvraj Singh scored only 65 runs in 8 matches.

“Agreed, that the last season was not great. But the point was I played at different positions in four-five games. I was not given one position to bat. This year I am very keen to make the best of the opportunity that will come my way,” the left-hander explained.