Yuvraj Singh. @ PTI
Yuvraj Singh. @ PTI

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir, who recently called it quits from all forms of the game, admitted he was surprised veteran Yuvraj Singh went unsold in the first round of the Indian Premier League 2019 auctions at Jaipur on Tuesday.

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There were no takers for the 37-year-old Yuvraj, who was hot property in the IPL for a long time during his peak. He entered into the auction with a base price of Rs 1 crore and could still find a buyer later in the auction if he is among the unsold players brought back into the pool by the franchises.

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“I am surprised no team opted to pick him, he might not be able to do what he used to earlier or to perform the same way, but on a good day, Yuvraj can single-handedly win matches for his team,” Gambhir, an expert on Star Sports for the IPL 2019 auction, said on Tuesday.

Yuvraj was bought by Kings XI Punjab for his base price of Rs 2 crore at the auction held before the last edition. While Chris Gayle repaid the faith KXIP posed in him with a fruitful season, Yuvraj could not set the house on fire, managing just 65 runs in eight games. No wonder the team decided to release him.

“In my observation, the teams are currently being safe and picking their first set of players, and I am confident he will be sold out in the second round,” Gambhir said.