Indian Premier League 2019: It is really difficult to leave somebody who has in the past hit six sixes in an over, but Kings XI Punjab did the unexpected by not retaining the champion batsman going by current form. Yuvraj Singh, the big game player did not play a big part for the Kings XI Punjab last year and hence he was not retained. In eight matches he featured in the 2018 season, he scored merely 65 runs at a paltry average of 10.83 as KXIP did not make it to the last four as well. But, as they say, the form is temporary and class is permanent, will franchises bid for the southpaw at the auctions next month?
If so, who are the teams who could contemplate getting the 36-year-old on board?
SunRisers Hyderabad: This Orange army certainly could contemplate getting him in as it would provide experience along with firepower at the back end of the innings. Beyond Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey at No 3 and 4, they do not have it and hence getting Yuvraj would not be a bad bet.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Same is the case with RCB, they like always are heavy at the top with big names like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in their ranks but when the top collapse early they struggle and that is where Yuvraj Singh can play a very crucial role. The southpaw has been a part of the RCB franchise and would not have a problem getting used to the culture of the team.
Rajasthan Royals: Apart from big Ben Stokes in the middle order, they lack experience and could look at hiring the experience of Yuvraj Singh to provide depth in that position. Royals have not been performing consistently and Yuvraj’s inclusion could bring about a change in fortunes.
Kings XI Punjab
Retained Players: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, David Miller And Ravichandran Ashwin
Released Players: Aaron Finch, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Barinder Sran, Ben Dwarshuis, Manoj Tiwary, Akshdeep Nath, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar And Manzoor Dar, Marcus Stoinis
Traded: Marcus Stoinis For Mandeep Singh