IPL auction 2014 February 13, 2014

'RCB is a place I can express myself' - Yuvraj

ESPNcricinfo staff

Yuvraj Singh, who became the most expensive player purchased at the IPL auction breaking the $2m mark, ahead of Dinesh Karthik, said, "I'm very happy to go to RCB and am looking forward to playing alongside the likes of Chris Gayle and AB and all the other great guys in the team," he told ESPNcricinfo. "But the World T20 is up first and that's what I'm focussed at the moment. I am trying to play as much domestic cricket as I can to prepare myself for that, and I hope for the best."

Yuvraj believed his top billing meant he would have to tackle greater expectation but added that the environment he is going into would help him work better. "I just feel that I am going to a place where I can express myself," he said. "Everyone's talking about my being the highest-paid player and being bought for so much at an auction, that also means that there is a lot of focus on you and on how you have to win matches, it adds responsibility. In RCB, we've got a lot of guys who are match winners on their own - Gayle, AB, Virat, Albie [Morkel], Rampaul can just take games away single-handed. It's a brilliant bunch, it is great that in that kind of environment, I can go and express myself."

The World T20 and the IPL will bring an end to a season in which had Yuvraj found his place in and out of the Indian ODI team, playing series against Australia, West Indies and South Africa scoring one fifty in 11 ODIs and one in a T20I against Australia. He was also not used as a slow-bowling option in eight of those 12 matches. The end of the season he says is not to be treated as one final stand. "I'm not looking at making any big statement. At the end of the season, it's not like I have to prove anything to anyone else [about] what I can do. I have to prove to myself that I have it in me."

He said his performances for India in international events like the 2007 World T20 and the ICC World Cup in 2011 were, "proven contributions to the team" and added, "You are not going to be thinking about what others are thinking and what you must prove to them - you have to prove things to yourself - and that is what I am looking to do with all the opportunities I get."

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  • Viknesh on February 18, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Any t20 team wants yuvraj atleast till he was fit. He is more than capable for doing an another 13 ball fifty or 6 sixes in an over. Im expecting that in this year IPL. I was basically from chennai. But I need RCB to do well with Yuvraj doing his part. All the best Kohli and men.

  • Kaustav on February 15, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Form wise Yuvi is exactly in the same place as he was in 2010. Trying to recover his form and get into the WC squad. Hopefully he can use this IPL and the following ODIs this year to get into the WC squad and make 2015 WC same as 2011 for him.

  • Raj on February 14, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    RCB wasted his money. Better they would have been promoted other players than one struggling to score for 3 series in more than 10 ODIs. lol by seeing the price on him. He is always overrated like Raina.

  • Cricket on February 14, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    @Fan1969 What are you taking about? T20s don't need bowlers? Johnson and Malinga were half the reason MI won last year. Everyone said their strategy of going with two world-class bowlers set them apart. And last year Gayle had no idea when Johnson and Malinga bowled short and fast at him...one of the most brilliant spells in the IPL. Steyn's thrashing was a one of. Also, Yuvi is incredibly prone to short balls, AND is out of form. During the Aussie tour last year, he got out to Johnson every time, to short balls, IN INDIA. Only Mally at the auction proved you right and everyone says he got it wrong. Seriously, he has no ack-up. RCB are depending sso much on Yuvi firing. If he can't who do they have to replace him? Mumbai at least bought Dunk and Hazelwood, decent cover.

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    All he got what he deserve

  • imran on February 14, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    that's some serious wastage of money... yuvraj is past his prime n he has even lost his place in the national team

  • indian cric on February 14, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    who cares...Mallya did not retain any of the local talent. So who cares if they win or lose.

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Greattttttttttt. No talk. All he got what he deserve. And really it will be a great place for Yuvi to bat where all big three will set a platform for him

  • Jay on February 13, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    It's going to be a run feast in the Garden City. Gayle, Kohli, AB, Yuvi - now that's a batting line up I DON'T want to bowl at. We could easily see scores of 180-200 consistently whenever RCB are batting first. So teams should be wary of them now. Still, I think they lack good Indian bowlers. They can ONLY play 4 overseas, which means Gayle and AB will surely start every game. That leaves 2 more spots and depending on the conditions, they could alternate between Rampaul and Starc. Surely there is the slight imbalance as far as Murali is concerned because, I don't think they will use him in every game except perhaps when playing at Eden Gardens against KKR. So tricky if you are an RCB fan but exciting nevertheless.

  • Ullas on February 13, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    I'm happy Rana is playing for RCB he is a fearless hitter.. if he opens up with gayle then it would be a one helllll of a batting line up.. No matter wat the total is they'll chase.. the only weakness of RCB is bigg players do not perform crunch matches like finals.. Hope they all stay fit coz i'm anxiously waitin to see this batting line up

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