Yuvraj Singh : The Y factor

Wednesday, 9 April 2014 - 8:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

He's been one of India's most consistent match winners and while it doesn't seem to count for much to those who are pelting stones at his house in Chandigarh, but at least Yuvraj Singh is getting from staunch support from both past and present teammates. After Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni aggressively defended the all-rounders poor form. Even Yuvi's colleague and KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir reminded disappointed Yuvraj fans that the all-rounder is "still worth crores", a reference to the whopping Rs 14 crore price tag he carries for the current IPL season. Suprisingly, Vijay Mallya who shelled out the money to pick up Yuvi for Royal Challengers Bangalore for that rather exorbitant sum has been unusually quiet all this while, though some other corporate captains have rushed to Yuvi's defence.

"Astonished by the brickbats for Yuvraj. Have we pressed a 'delete' key on his past service to the team and his heroic fight against illness?" wondered Anand Mahindra. While Mallya has seconded Mahindra, he's made no attempt to go on the front foot for his beleaguered marquee player. The disquiet in the RCB camp over the fact that their most expensive acquisition is suffering his worst ever loss of form on the eve of the IPL tourney is too obvious to ignore.

As far as Mallya is concerned, he didn't want to pay more than Rs 10 crore for an "in-form" Yuvi - he'd blamed an oversight by the auctioneer for having to pay more than that and even lodged an official complaint with the IPL governing council. So if a month ago he'd been ruing that the "extra Rs 4 crores was somewhat unfortunate", we can only imagine going through his mind about his investment after watching the T-20 final. It's clearly difficult to dish out platitudes when it's your money on the line.

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