Calcutta: Yuvraj Singh, who played stellar roles in India’s 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup victories, have always had uncharacteristically quiet IPL stints.
But Yuvraj, who has lost his place in the Indian ODI team, is making the right noises ahead of the upcoming edition of the IPL. He fetched the highest price — Rs 14 crore — at Wednesday’s auction as he was picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
After his not-too-memorable outings with the Kings XI Punjab and the Pune Warriors India, the all-rounder is now hoping to make a mark in IPL VII in the Royal Challengers colours. And that he is very happy with the deal could easily be made out from his tweets.
A witty Yuvraj tweeted on Wednesday that he’s relieved that he would bowl to Chris Gayle, his teammate at the Royal Challengers, only in the nets and not in a match. “Look forward to play for rcb with a power packed team and audience ! Happy to know il be bowling to @henrygayle only in the nets,” Yuvraj tweeted.
Gayle answered via Twitter: “Welcome brother lol.. Looking forward to that net bowling session from u. LoL.”
Yuvraj’s addition to the Royal Challengers’ batting line-up, which already had the explosive trio of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, would give nightmares to oppositions, but for the Bangalore team, it’s celebration time. Maybe that’s why another of Yuvraj tweets read: “What times the gangnam? @imVkohli @henrygayle @ABdeVilliers17.”
There were others who too took the Twitter route to express their experiences and feelings about the IPL auction.
Kevin Pietersen, whose International career has run into troubled waters, fetched the highest bid among foreign players as he was lapped up by the Delhi DareDevils at Rs 9 crore. An understandably pleased Pietersen tweeted: “Morning — so happy to be back with the Delhi family! Lovely start to the day.”
Pietersen also congratulated DareDevils coach Gary Kirsten for getting good players on the board. “@Gary_Kirsten great buys, coach!” he tweeted.
Kirsten himself was a satisfied man. “My first IPL auction. A real interesting process to see all the different strategies of each IPL team,” the South African tweeted.