Indian Premier League’s costliest player Yuvraj Singh feels that Royal Challengers Bangalore is a team where he can express himself in the company of start cricketers like Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle.
Yuvraj was brought by RCB for a whopping Rs 14 crore on the opening day of the two-day IPL 7 players’ auction on Wednesday, thereby becoming the most expensive player purchased at the IPL auctions.
Even though he is conscious about the expectations he will have to face after getting the top pay packet, Yuvraj feels RCB will provide him the perfect platform to “express” his talent.
“I am very happy to go to RCB and I am looking forward to playing alongside the likes of Chris Gayle and AB (de Villiers) and all the other great guys in the team. I just feel that I am going to a place where I can express myself,” he said.
“Everyone is talking about my being the highest-paid player and being bought for so much at an auction, that also means that there is a lot of focus on you and on how you have to win matches, it adds responsibility.
“In RCB, we’ve got a lot of guys who are match-winners on their own - Gayle, AB, Virat (Kohli), Albie (Morkel), (Ravi) Rampaul all can just take games away single-handed. It’s a great bunch. It is great that in that kind of environment, I can go and express myself,” said the flamboyant left-hander, who was the player of the tournament in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph.
Yuvraj outpriced Gautam Gambhir who was the most expensive player before IPL 7 auctions, with a price of Rs 11.04 crore from Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011.