Despite being one of the greatest ever in the shortest format of the game, Yuvraj Singh was never able to bring on his A-game when it came to the IPL. Playing 12 seasons for six different franchises, the flamboyant left-hander never got into rhythm.
Announcing his retirement only a few weeks ago, the former all-rounder was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at the 91st Annual General Meeting of the Indian Chambers of Commerce where he mentioned his regret having not been able to settle with a single IPL team such as the likes of his counterparts MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. He said:
“I can’t explain but I was never settled with a franchise. I didn’t really get settled where you are made to play for one franchise or maybe two,”
Yuvraj was picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for a record fee of 14 Crore in 2015, but had to ply his trades for Sunrisers Hyderabad the very next season. The left-armer clinched his maiden title during his time with the orange army before shifting to his last franchise, Mumbai Indians. Yuvraj added:
“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,”
“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,”