When the IPL began in 2008, Yuvraj Singh was the superstar of the T20 format having been chosen as the player of the tournament in the recently concluded World T20. He however didn’t land up under the hammer as he was chosen as the marquee player for Punjab.
Yuvi, the son of the soil was chosen as the captain of the Mohali-based franchise and in fact in the first year he led his franchise to the semi-finals. That was the year when Shaun Marsh well and truly announced himself to the world and started to knock Australian doors.
However, since then it was all downhill as far as Singh and his first franchise were concerned. “I wanted to run away from Kings XI Punjab … the management didn’t like me there … they did nothing I asked them to do … and when I left they bought all the players I had been asking them to. I love Punjab but I did not like the running of the franchise,” the former India star said.