Unfair to blame Pawan Negi for his 8.5 crore-IPL price tag, says Yuvraj Singh

first_imgYuvraj Singh knows a thing or two about playing IPL with the pressure of a price tag. His ‘6 sixes in an over’ heroics of Durban 2007 turned him into a ‘timeless hit’ in the auction rooms and with it swelled expectations forever.IPL’s most saleable of cricketers; he played with the burden to deliver carrying a record auction price of 16 crores in 2015 and 14 crores in 2014 behind him. Yuvraj’s returns from this year’s auction, seven crores may be good enough to buy one an upmarket residence in Mumbai but would still count as modest by Yuvraj’s standards. (Full IPL coverage) At the receiving end of the pay vs performance debate this year is newest India team recruit Pawan Negi. Picked up by Delhi Daredevils for 8.5 crores in the auction, the southpaw so far averages 19 runs with the bat in 3 games and is yet to pick up a wicket. (Also read: India’s 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj set sights on 2019 tournament) Yuvraj sympathizes with the youngster who incidentally has similar attributes as him, southpaw with potentially big hitting ability and a slow left arm spinner. “People need to understand that prize the player gets is not in his hands. Player never asks for a sum of money that is given to him, it’s up to the franchisees how much they want to pick a player for. When every time a player is blamed for the money he is getting, it is a bit unfair.  Pawan Negi is a very good young talent and needs to be given some time to adjust to formats and play in the big league. Am sure he will come up very well,” he tells India Today. (Also read: Yuvraj Singh harbours Test ambitions in busy domestic year) advertisementYuvraj himself is eyeing a return from injury in two weeks time with the 6th May game against Gujarat Lions. For someone who has seen the worst layoff with cancer and returned on the field successfully, no injury rehab can match the agony. But he expresses hurt for what he has missed in the past month. “I was very disappointed that I missed the World Cup semis and it became harder that we lost the game. It’s been disappointing watching the IPL games from home. Am waiting to be fit and get back into action again.”Even if he manages to meet his comeback target date, that would still mean missing half the IPL. And the all too familiar taunts of being a high paid under performer would return, if he failed to get going straight away. But 16 years of international experience and numerous rebounds later, he has seen it before. He signs off giving a vote of confidence to his fellow India team mate and former skipper of his new franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, Shikhar Dhawan. “Shikhar is just a knock away from hitting form. He has the potential to win us three or four games this IPL. I wish him well.”last_img

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