Despite not enjoying the best of forms in the previous editions of the tournament, and having gone unsold in the first round of the IPL 2019 auctions, many believed that Yuvraj Singh will not be selected by any franchise for the upcoming season.
But when his name was popped out in the next round of the auction, Mumbai Indians showed faith in the 37-year-old, and purchased him for his base price, Rs 1 crore.
In his first interview wearing the Blue and Gold jersey, the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup winner expressed his delight on being picked by a team which wanted him, and also opened up on their things, including playing at a ground where India record its second-ever World Cup success.
"World Cup victory at the Wankhede was like a dream come true. It was a very special and emotional feeling for us, guys and the whole of India. We wanted to win it for Sachin and it’s a very emotional and strong place for any Indian cricketer. So, I think I am very excited and ecstatic to play in front of the Mumbai home crowd," he said.
The 37-year-old also mentioned that he is raring to be a part of the team which has Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan in its supporting staff.
"With Zaheer and Sachin Tendulkar I have mostly played all my cricket with them. And we have some great friendship, memories and we won some great championships together. I think the communication is going to be great because we have the same ideas about cricket and I think hopefully all of us can contribute towards taking Mumbai to the last four and helping Rohit as much as we can," Yuvraj added.
In the aftermath of the 2019 auction, Yuvraj expressed his delight on the prospect of playing under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma. And in the recent interview, he further dwelled on the matter. He said,
"I think Rohit is a terrific captain. He is someone who keeps his nerves pretty calm. I have seen Rohit grow in front of me, as a player, as a cricketer, as a human. I think he is one of the best examples of a human being I have seen through a lot of cricketers. Definitely, one of the great players in One-Day cricket and a very humble human being and we share a great camaraderie. And hopefully it works on the field and you know, I am just looking forward to play under him."