IPL Auction: Mallya files complaint for spending few crores extra to land Yuvraj Singh
Vijay Mallya, the owner of Royal Challengers Bangalore spent a whopping 14 crores to include Yuvraj Singh in his team for IPL's seventh edition . But, the boss does not seem to be a happy person after the purchase, as he lodged a complaint against the IPL governing council, as he admitted that he spent an extra four crores, while going for the player. What led to such a situation?
Three teams were bidding for Yuvraj Singh - Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata
Knight Riders(KKR), and Royal Challengers Bangalore
(RCB). In the bidding process, Kings XI gave up their wish to land the player, as KKR and RCB placed big bids, hence it was a two way battle between RCB and KKR. When the bidding reached 10 crores it had been announced that Yuvraj Singh was sold to RCB.
However, KKR officials claimed that they had raised their paddle up, but the auctioneer Richard Madley failed to notice. Madley stated that his view was blocked by officials. Hence, the bidding between the two started again. After few rounds, Yuvraj was snapped by RCB for 14 crores making him the most expensive player in IPL history. This extra four crores is what infuriated Mallya.
In spite of his dissatisfaction, he was happy that the team landed the player they wanted. He further added that it was Virat Kohli, who wanted him in the squad. With the players inclusion, the team looks a very strong unit, especially their batting line up looks the best in the league, which comprises of Kohli, Gayle, De Villiers and now Yuvraj.
Yuvraj Singh's disappointing form of late was kept aside by the officials present during the auction, when Yuvraj was under the hammer, for the player is one of the most dangerous batsman in the shortest format of the game. He holds the rare record of hitting six sixes in an over in an international T20 match.