India’s 2011 World Cup winning hero Yuvraj Singh, who announced his retirement last month, on Tuesday said he rues not getting settled in any side while playing the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Yuvraj, who was the player of the tournament in the 2011 World Cup, played for six different franchises in the cash-rich tournament and was part of two IPL winning teams Sunrisers Hyderabad (2016) and Mumbai Indians this year.
“I was never settled in whichever franchise I played for. I didn’t really get settled where you are made to play for one franchise or maybe two,” Yuvraj said while receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 91st annual general meeting of the Indian Chambers of Commerce here.
In the 2014 auctions, Yuvraj was the most expensive player of IPL history after Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won an intense bid with Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping Rs 14 crore.
“I almost joined KKR but last moment (in the auctions), I went to RCB. I probably had my best IPL season with RCB. It was unfortunate not to come to KKR,” he recalled.
The left-hander was part of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s maiden and only IPL triumph in 2016 but the stylish all-rounder went unsold in the first round of bidding for this year’s IPL before being sold to eventual winners Mumbai at his base price of Rs 1 crore.
“I can’t really complain about it. It was great working with all these teams. Being with Mumbai Indians and winning the championship, and also winning for Sunrisers was a great experience,” said Yuvraj, who played four matches for Mumbai this season.
Talking about the inaugural World Twenty20, where he helped India win the title and smashed a record six sixes in a row against England pacer Stuart Broad, Yuvraj said: “The inaugural World Twenty in 2007 changed world cricket especially in T20. It was just my day. The fifth ball was a yorker and still I managed to hit that out of the park. It was my day.”
“It was a phenomenal tournament, it took cricket to the next level. Absolutely nobody was expecting us to win it. We played fearless cricket. We had a new captain. We lost a few crucial games and had to win all three to get to the finals. We just went and expressed ourselves,” he added.