All-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who today became Indian Premier League’s costliest ever buy by going for a whopping Rs 16 crore to Delhi Daredevils, said that he was happy to be playing again under former India coach Gary Kirsten.
“I was sleeping when the auction was going on. I came to know of this only when some guests came to my house and told me about the good news. The best part is, I am going to play under Kirsten. I had my best years under him and hopefully I can repeat that with Delhi,” Yuvraj said after he was bought for the record sum at the IPL 8 player auction in Bangalore.
Kirsten, who was present at the auction along with top team officials, said that his franchise had come prepared to go all out bidding for Yuvraj.
“You want to know that throughout the season you have various combinations to fall back on. I think we learned from last year that if we want a player we need to push hard for him. Hence we were prepared to go all the way with Yuvraj and it’s great for the player as well,” the South African said.
“Yuvraj can add good value to the side. We don’t know, it’s always the thing with the auction. At last year’s auction we thought we had a good team. Tough space the auction, trying to go on with the players who think can make a difference,” he added.
Asked who will captain the Daredevils now that the side also have current Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews who was bought for Rs 7.5 crore, Kirsten said the leadership issue will be decided later.
“Havent made a decision. Mathews does come into the mix as captain. We kad looked for players that we feel can be senior players in their international side, leaders in their own right and Angelo will add to that,” he said.