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Yuvraj Singh | The Diminishing Juggernaut

Yuvraj Singh | The Diminishing Juggernaut

From his first IPL campaign at Kings XI Punjab to being acquired by Delhi Daredevils for a whopping 16 crores in 2015 to almost going unsold in the 2019 player auctions. Yuvraj Singh’s IPL graph has been an absolute rollercoaster. Avijit Dutta here analyzes the southpaw’s IPL journey. 

Yuvraj Singh: From a nightmare of bowlers to a nightmare himself

 He was Stuart Broad’s nightmare in the inaugural ICC World T20 2007 in South Africa, when he smashed him for six sixes in an over. He has been a part of numerous India’s success, including the ICC World Cup 2011 title win. Yes, it’s none other than the million-dollar man, Yuvraj Singh.

Owing to his success in South Africa during the World T20, he was roped in as the icon player for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008. He led the side and played the role of an all-rounder for his franchise. He scored 299 runs with a strike-rate of 162.5, along with three wickets.

The following data shows performance of Yuvraj Singh based on his auction price since the inception of IPL

Span

Franchise

Auction Price ( in Crore)

2008

KXIP

2.66

2009

KXIP

2.66

2010

KXIP

2.66

2011

PWI

8.6

2013

PWI

8.6

2014

RCB

14

2015

DD

16

2016

SRH

7

2017

SRH

7

2018

KXIP

2

Peak Form

His best performance came in the year 2009 when he was playing for his home franchise (2008-2010). It included a hat-trick against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He was released from KXIP in the year 2011 and was roped in by a new franchise Pune Warriors India (PWI) for 8.2 crores.

Batting records of Yuvraj Singh (2008-2010)

Span

Matches

Runs

Average

Auction Price

Franchise

2008

15

299

23

2.66

KXIP

2009

14

340

28.33

2.66

KXIP

2010

14

255

21.25

2.66

KXIP

Bowling records of Yuvraj Singh (2008-2010)

Span

Matches

Wickets

Balls per wicket

Auction Price

Franchise

2008

15

3

18

2.66

KXIP

2009

14

6

20

2.66

KXIP

2010

14

5

27.6

2.66

KXIP

He had a very bad run in 2011 when he was suffering from a life-threatening disease. In 2013, he made his comeback but could hardly perform.  Nonetheless, he contributed with the ball regularly for his franchise PWI.

Span

Matches

Wickets

Balls per dismissal

Economy Rate

2011

14

9

19.3

6.62

2013

13

6

22

6.9

2014: The decline of Yuvraj Singh

In 2014, he was roped in for a whopping 14 crore, but could hardly live to the expectations. The following seasons kept getting worse as he even started to lose his price value.

It was since the 2016 season, he was an irregular member of the side due to his inconsistent performance. Since 2016, his bowling performance took a hit as well and failed to make any impact. In 2018, he was roped in by his home franchise KXIP for 2 crore, but again failed to fire.

Span

Matches

Wickets

Economy Rate

2015

14

1

8

2016

10

0

8.43

2017

12

1

11

2018

8

0

11.5

In 2019, he was brought by Mumbai Indians (MI) for a base price of 1 crore. Thus, it is clear that Yuvraj is struggling to make an impact of late, and with his dwindling stats, along with his price value, it would be interesting to see how he performs this upcoming season for MI.

With fans hoping to relive the magic of Yuvraj once again, let us hope he defies all odds and the stats to prove once again that why he is still one of the most destructive batsman in the world.

 

 

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