One of the biggest underachievement in the striking career of Yuvraj Singh is his mediocre IPL record. He was a brilliant T20I player but the same cannot be said when it comes to the franchise cricket. Yuvraj was expected to be the hot selling cake at the start of the IPL in 2008 mainly because of his gallant show in the inaugural edition of T20I world cup in 2007.
He was grabbed by his state franchise Kings XI Punjab for the first edition of IPL and they just made the semi-final under the able leadership of Yuvraj Singh. But things started to go south for the franchise since then and as a result Yuvraj Singh was released from the franchise.
In a high profile tournament like IPL where the focus and pressure will be at its peak, it is the responsibility of the management to look after their players even if things don’t go in their way and that is one of the important reasons why CSK and MI have been dominant teams in IPL. Two of the most successful captains in IPL history in Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni always get the backing of their management and that explains why they are the influential captains.
When Yuvraj Singh was made the captain of Kings XI Punjab there were no support from the management which lead to ouster of Yuvraj Singh from the franchise
Here’s what Yuvraj Singh had to Say about his experience with Kings XI Punjab
I wanted to run away from Kings XI Punjab. The management didn’t like me there . They did nothing I asked them to do and when I left they bought all the players I had been asking them to. I love Punjab but I did not like the running of the franchise
It was expected that Yuvraj Singh would rock the IPL considering his hitting prowess but it turned out to be a huge disappointment as Yuvraj Singh finished his career with some ordinary numbers at the IPL.
Yuvraj Singh managed to accumulate just 2750 runs at an average of 24 after 132 games with a strike rate of 129 which is not one would expect from the player of Yuvraj Singh's caliber.