HT Image
HT Image

Yuvraj 'shocked' at Ponting's low price

Expressing surprise, IPL's icon player says the Aus skipper's unavaibility in the first season may be one of the reasons.
By Ashish Shukla | PTI, Sydney
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2008 07:43 PM IST

India's middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh, an 'icon' player in the Indian Premier League (IPL), is shocked at the low price Australia's skipper Ricky Ponting has commanded in the landmark auction and said his unavaibility in the first season may be one of the reasons.

"Surprised? Shocked is a better word for it. One of the world's best player has gone for only $4,00,000. But may be it was thought he was going to Pakistan so he wouldn't be available," said Yuvraj.

On what could be the reason behind Ponting's compatriot Andrew Symonds proving to be the second most expensive player at the auction, Yuvraj felt the all-round ability of the the lanky allrounder might have tilted the scale in his favour. "Symonds is an allrounder, he can hit big, clear the stadium and that perhaps could have helped in his bid," he said.

Yuvraj also said the Indian cricketers in Australia had moved on from the news on auction front and their focus was back on doing well in the tri-series. "The general reaction among cricketers was that it was bound to happen. For us the CB series is very important, then the finals then the Test and then IPL will come into the picture. The young players, although are very happy to have received such a good money so early in their careers," he said. More

Yuvraj, who scored a cracking 76 to help India secure a nail-biting win over Sri Lanka in the last game, said he was happy to have commanded a million-dollar plus price in the auction for the IPL. "I had a decent Twenty20 World Cup so I guess I deserved the price," said Yuvraj, the captain of Mohali team.

The Punjab batsman believed his team had a good blend of experienced cricketers from different countries though he termed bowling as his side's great strength. "Obviously, the format of the auction was such that you could either have good bowling or batting strength. Hopefully, we will have a good group of domestic cricketers to make it a very good side," he said.

Mohali will have the services of Brett Lee and S Sreesanth among others to have a go at the rival teams.

Yuvraj looked forward to the help experienced cricketers like Mahela Jaywardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Brett Lee would provide to him in running the team. "Playing against Indian cricketers wouldn't be new as we do so in domestic and Challenger trophy. But having the presence of Mahela, Lee and Sangakkara would be good as they can help me when I am captaining the side."

Yuvraj congratulated Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia (the Franchise owners of Mohali) for having done a good job. "They were a bit nervou,s but I told them they did a good job. I had asked them just to be patient while bidding of course it would have been better if the coach and captain were also there but I think we have a good team."

Yuvraj said besides Mohali, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata would be the teams.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Indian bowler R Ashwin reacts.(PTI)
Indian bowler R Ashwin reacts.(PTI)

Have utmost respect for Yuvi paa: Ashwin on Yuvraj’s tweet

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:41 PM IST
India vs England: India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was asked about the explanation of his recent tweets in the virtual press-conference, and in his response, he said that he did not find anything wrong in Yuvraj's tweet.
Close
Prerak Mankad celebrates his century. (BCCI)
Prerak Mankad celebrates his century. (BCCI)

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Prerak Mankad slams 174 as Saurashtra thrash Chandigarh

PTI, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:39 PM IST
  • Mankad, 26, plundered six sixes and 16 fours in his knock from 130 balls to propel Saurashtra to a massive 388 for 7.
Close
File photo of Australia head coach Justin Langer(REUTERS)
File photo of Australia head coach Justin Langer(REUTERS)

Langer said media leaks on coaching style 'was pretty rough' on his family

UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:15 PM IST
Opening up about the media leaks regarding his coaching style, Australia's Justin Langer said the controversy was hard on his family.
Close
Darren Gough feels England will find it tough to come back in the final Test. (Getty Images)
Darren Gough feels England will find it tough to come back in the final Test. (Getty Images)

The mentality of this Indian team is like Australia in the 90s: Darren Gough

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:41 PM IST
  • India vs England: As far as India’s performance goes, Gough sees a lot of the mighty Australia that dominated cricket in the late 90s and 2000s in the current Indian team and its thought process.
Close
NFormer Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar.(Getty Images)
NFormer Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar.(Getty Images)

'Some extreme criticism not really fair,' Gavaskar weighs in on pitch debate

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 05:00 PM IST
India vs England: On being asked about the criticism of the pitch, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said that some of the "extreme criticism" of the pitch is not "really fair"
Close
**EDS: TWITTER IMAGE POSTED BY @pib on MONDAY, FEB. 22., 2021** Ahmedabad: View of worlds largest cricket stadium, the Motera Stadium, ahead of its inauguration on Feb. 24, in Ahmedabad. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_22_2021_000246B)(PTI)
**EDS: TWITTER IMAGE POSTED BY @pib on MONDAY, FEB. 22., 2021** Ahmedabad: View of worlds largest cricket stadium, the Motera Stadium, ahead of its inauguration on Feb. 24, in Ahmedabad. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_22_2021_000246B)(PTI)

Motera may escape ICC 'Red Eye' as 4th Test pitch promises to be batting beauty

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 04:39 PM IST
India vs England: Also the BCCI bigwigs along with the team management understands the fact that another dust bowl won't augur well for the new venue which is expected to host a lot of important matches during IPL as well as ICC T20 World Cup.
Close
Sachin Tendulkar (L) and Virender Sehwag during last year's Road Safety World Series.(Twitter)
Sachin Tendulkar (L) and Virender Sehwag during last year's Road Safety World Series.(Twitter)

Road Safety World Series: India name star-studded squad, Sachin-Sehwag to open

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 04:17 PM IST
India Legends will play their first match against Bangladesh Legends on March 5 and Sri Lanka Legends start their campaign against West Indies Legends on March 6.
Close
New Zealand's James Neesham, left, and Martin Guptill celebrate the wicket of Australia's Matthew Wade.(AP)
New Zealand's James Neesham, left, and Martin Guptill celebrate the wicket of Australia's Matthew Wade.(AP)

NZ vs Aus: Third and fourth T20I to be played behind closed doors

ANI, Wellington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 04:14 PM IST
The first and second T20I between New Zealand Women (White Ferns) and England Women will also be played behind closed doors following the change to New Zealand's alert levels with an eye on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Close
Harbhajan Singh. (Getty Images)
Harbhajan Singh. (Getty Images)

'I'll call him a legend when I meet him next': Harbhajan lauds India bowler

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 04:12 PM IST
  • India vs England: Harbhajan Singh did not hold back his praise for the India bowler and his contribution towards the Indian team over the years.
Close
File image of Ian Chappell.(File)
File image of Ian Chappell.(File)

Who can replace Finch as Australia T20 captain? Chappell names 3 picks

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 03:28 PM IST
Speaking in a recent interaction, Australia cricket legend Ian Chappell named his picks of players who can take over the captaincy role from Finch.
Close
Umar Akmal. (Getty Images)
Umar Akmal. (Getty Images)

'Didn't report spot-fixing approach as I thought it won't remain confidential'

PTI, Karachi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 03:07 PM IST
  • Akmal was initially banned for three years from all cricket activities on February 20 last year for not reporting approaches made to him for spot-fixing in the Pakistan Super League.
Close
Indian Women's cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur speaks to the huddle(PTI)
Indian Women's cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur speaks to the huddle(PTI)

BCCI announces India women's ODI and T20I squads for South Africa series

PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:37 PM IST
The five ODIs and three T20Is between India and South Africa will mark the return of women’s cricket in India after a long gap due to Covid-19.
Close
File image of Sachin Tendulkar. (Getty Images)
File image of Sachin Tendulkar. (Getty Images)

'They were either bowled or LBW': Sachin's praise for 'brilliant' India bowler

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:18 PM IST
  • Indian spinners combined to pick up 19 wickets against England in the third Test in Ahmedabad.
Close
Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah will not be available for selection for fourth Test against England(PTI)
Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah will not be available for selection for fourth Test against England(PTI)

Bumrah released from India squad on personal request ahead of 4th Test

PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 01:18 PM IST
Jasprit Bumrah requested the BCCI to be released on personal grounds and the board obliged. The BCCI further added that there will be no replacement for Bumrah in the India Test squad for the series decider against England in Motera.
Close
Chris Woakes has flown back home(ECB Photo)
Chris Woakes has flown back home(ECB Photo)

England's Chris Woakes flies back home, won't be part of fourth Test vs India

PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 12:48 PM IST
India vs England: Chris Woakes’ departure is part of England’s rotation policy which has been in place since their last two away tours.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP