Never got settled in any IPL franchise: Yuvraj Singh

first_img Indo-Asian News Service KolkataJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 15:55 IST Yuvraj Singh announced retirement from all forms of cricket last month (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh played for 6 different IPL franchises before announcing retirementYuvraj said he did not settle in whichever team he played forYuvraj singh announced retirement from all forms of cricket last monthIndia’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.advertisementTalking 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 specially 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.Read More | Yuvraj Singh retirement bash: Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammad Kaif, Sania Mirza in attendanceRead More | Yuvraj Singh tries to troll Jasprit Bumrah. India pacer makes smart comebackAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Yuvraj SinghFollow IPL 2019 Never got settled in any IPL franchise: Yuvraj SinghYuvraj Singh, who played for six different franchises in his IPL career, said he did not really settle in any of the sides he had played for in the cash-rich tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

UN envoy returns to Cyprus ahead of referenda on settlement plan

Speaking to reporters at the airport, Alvaro de Soto, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, said he was aware that he comes back at a very delicate moment.With separate and simultaneous referenda on the settlement plan scheduled for 24 April, the decision is now up to the people of Cyprus, and rightly so, Mr. de Soto said. “We have no intention of interfering in that democratic decision,” he added.Last week, Mr. Annan stepped in to complete a plan that would create a United Cyprus Republic – composed of two constituent states linked by a federal government – after six weeks of negotiations between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders failed to reach agreement.Mr. de Soto today urged the people of Cyprus to read the plan, adding that, despite what has been reported in some quarters, the plan was improved, for both sides, in last week’s talks in Switzerland.”Obviously the plan is a compromise – but it is a principled compromise,” he said. read more