New Delhi : Yuvraj Singh played a pivotal role in India’s two World Cup triumphs but Yuvraj Singh rued that he could never settle with any particular team in the Indian Premier League despite being among the most sought after for the better part of his career. The swashbuckling allrounder, who retired after a glittering career last month, represented six different franchises in the lucrative franchise tournament and was part of two IPL winning teams — Sunrisers Hyderabad (2016) and Mumbai Indians (2019).In the 2014 auctions, Yuvraj was the most expensive player of the IPL history after Royal Challengers Bangalore won an intense bid with Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping Rs 14 crore. But the 37-year-old never got identified with a team like Chennai Super Kings’ iconic captain MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli for Royal Challengers Bangalore.”I can’t explain but I was never settled with a franchise… I didn’t really get settled where you are made to play for one franchise or maybe two,” Yuvraj said after receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 91st annual general meeting of the Indian Chambers of Commerce here.”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. Yuvraj was instrumental in Sunrisers Hyderabad maiden and only IPL triumph in 2016 but the stylish allrounder went unsold in the first round of bidding for this year’s IPL before being sold to 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,” Yuvraj, who played four matches for Mumbai this season, said. Yuvraj had taken the inaugural World Twenty20 by storm, smashing six sixes in a row against English pacer Stuart Broad in their triumphant campaign in 2007.”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,” said Yuvraj, who was adjudged the Player of the tournament during India’s 2011 World Cup triumph.”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.”(Inputs: PTI) For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Young BiH table tennis player, one of the most talented local athletes, had another excellent performance. At the Balkan Junior Championship in Kikinda she won third place in the doubles tournament with her partner Aneta Maksuti from Serbia.In an interview with Radio Sarajevo, she said that she is especially pleased with her performance, especially since in the last few months she missed a number of tournaments.“It was good and I am satisfied. It is difficult to mentally return to competing after several months of not competing, but I have shown that I could. I was able to convey good rhythm in the individual competition’’, said Emina.The young woman from Sarajevo is expected to perform at the European Junior Championship in Ostrava.“The expectations are very high, and following a good performance in Kikinda I feel that I can do it. Medal? Everything is possible, but I do not see this tournament as the most important because the top 10 tour in Sarajevo will follow, and I will try to be in form for that’’, said Emina.“I love this sport and I look forward to every competition. I want to continue to win and to continue my path towards the top’’, said Emina at the end of her interview with Radio Sarajevo.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba)