IPL 2019 Auction: Didn’t expect to get Yuvraj for Rs 1 crore, says MI owner Akash Ambani

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first_imgMumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani said the three-time champions weren’t expecting to buy Yuvraj Singh and Lasith Malinga at their base prices at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 auction on Tuesday in Jaipur.Revealing they had a plan to get experienced players at the auction to complement the budding youngsters in their camp, Ambani said Yuvraj’s purchase at his base price of Rs 1 crore was the biggest steal in the history of the franchise’s IPL auctions.Yuvraj, who has been a shadow of his former self on the field in the recent past, went unsold during the first round of auctions on Tuesday before he was brought back in the accelerated bidding towards the end of a six-hour-long process that saw 60 players, including 20 overseas stars, sold to eight franchises.Mumbai wasted no time in making the first bid for Yuvraj but much to the surprise of many, the first bid turned out to be the only bid for the 2011 World Cup-winning India all-rounder.”Yuvi [Yuvraj] and Malinga were crucial players for us at the auction. We were fortunate to get those two players. To be honest, I was thinking on the basis of experience, we retained a lot of young players. And then entering this auction, we wanted to buy a few young players but the agenda was to focus on experience a lot,” Ambani told Star Sports.If you are wondering why this took time…we’ve just got back to senses!WELCOME TO MUMBAI, @YUVSTRONG12 #CricketMeriJaan #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/Zj6E80g7w4advertisementMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 18, 2018″No doubt, they will definitely add to the franchise. Even in terms of cricketing roles, we have clear roles identified for them. They will be really, really good for Mumbai Indians.” think it’s the steal of 12 auctions that Mumbai Indians have had. Malinga too, for base price. We had budgeted a lot more for them. Never thought they would come at base price. We are really, really happy that we got them. Both of them have won every trophy that is there to be won in T20s. Malinga is arguably Mumbai Indians’ best foreign player ever. We are happy to add them to our camp.”After fetching a record price of Rs 16 crore at the 2015 auction, the 37-year-old’s price dipped to Rs 7 crore in 2016 when he was snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was bought at his base price of Rs 2 crore during January’s auction earlier this year by Kings XI Punjab. He was eventually released by the Punjab-based franchise in the lead up to to the recently-concluded auction.I am glad to be part of the @mipaltan family, looking forward for the season to begin. See u soon @ImRo45yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) December 18, 2018Needed a senior bowler to guide the youngsters: Jayawardene on Malinga’s purchaseMeanwhile, head coach Mahela Jayawardene, who had the company of recently-appointed bowling coach Zaheer Khan at the auction on Tuesday, said the decision to buy Malinga was not taken at the heat of the moment but was a well-thought-out one.Malinga, the most successful bowler in the history of the league, had turned up as a mentor at Mumbai after he went unsold at last year’s auction. The Sri Lankan pace great had even hinted earlier this year that he was mulling retirement and that his IPL career was over.However, after an impressive comeback to international cricket in September 2018, the 35-year-old is back as a player in the IPL.”We realised after 12 months of hard work, he [Malinga] has come back. He is performing really well. We needed a senior bowler who could guide this young group of bowlers we had. So it’s easier for us to relate to Lasith,” Jayawardene said.Mrs. Nita Ambani and @ImZaheer are happy to have Lasith Malinga back in the squad. #CricketMeriJaan pic.twitter.com/4aS2m2zMkyMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 18, 2018The head coach also said the Mumbai Indians are looking to shed the tag of slow starters in the upcoming of the cash-rich league, which is expected to start in March. Notably, the Rohit Sharma-led franchise bowed out of the tournament earlier this year without failing to qualify for the playoffs after yet another slow start.”Ideally, you want to start with wins under the belt. That gives you momentum. Last year, we played some close matches… we could have won the first four matches that we last. It’s just the killer instinct of finishing the games wasn’t there. But once we got into our stride, we were playing good cricket and we just missed out on the playoffs. The players were disappointed but everyone knew Mumbai did not perform up to its potential,” Jayawardene said.advertisement”However, we trust the group, we back the talent and personnel that we bought. So, as long as you’re going to give that confidence to the team, you can expect them to repay that. This squad looks similar to the ones that won the championships in the past. You need to trust people, systems and structures so that they will deliver,” Jayawardene said.Also Read | IPL 2019 Auction: 8 teams spend Rs 106.80 crore on 60 playersAlso Read | IPL 2019 Auction: Varun Chakravarathy ‘over the moon’ after bagging million-dollar dealAlso Read | IPL 2019 Auction: Rs 8.40 crore for mystery Indian spinner, Rs 5 crore for hard-hitting MumbaikarAlso Read | IPL Auction 2019: Rajasthan Royals shell out Rs 8.40 crore to buy back Jaydev UnadkatAlso Read | IPL 2019 Auction: Delhi Capitals outbid Kings XI Punjab to bag Axar Patel for Rs 5 crorelast_img

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