first_imgFormer Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar was one of the first cricketers to express his happiness after Yuvraj Singh’s got signed in the IPL 2019 Auction on Tuesday.Tendulkar, who is the team Icon at Mumbai Indians, was excited to have Yuvraj on board for the 2019 season after he was bought at his base price of Rs 1 crore by MI at the auction in Jaipur.Mumbai wasted no time in making the first bid for Yuvraj but much to the surprise of many, the first bid turned out to be the only bid for the 2011 World Cup-winning India all-rounder.Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who has played 10 seasons for MI and is the league’s most successful bowler, was also bought by MI and will return to the IPL as a player after a gap of a year.Both Yuvi and Malinga found no takers in the first round before being brought back in the accelerated bidding process later in the evening.Malinga was not bought by MI in the 2018 auction in January but had turned up as a mentor at Mumbai after he went unsold at last year’s auction. The Sri Lankan pace great had even hinted earlier this year that he was mulling retirement and that his IPL career was over.However, after an impressive comeback to international cricket in September 2018, the 35-year-old is back as a player in the IPL.”A perfect mix of experience and youth picked up at the #IPLAuction by @mipaltan! Glad to have Lasith Malinga and @yuvstrong12 in the MI team along with the likes of @sranbarinder, Anmolpreet Singh, Pankaj Jaswal & Rasikh Dar,” Tendulkar welcomed Yuvraj and Malinga along with the young new recruits.advertisementThe Class of 2011 reunites #CricketMeriJaan @sachin_rt @YUVSTRONG12 @ImZaheer https://t.co/hrB7VFqr94Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 19, 2018Yuvraj and Malinga had played against each other in the 2011 World Cup final which India won to lift the trophy after 28 years. Yuvi was the adjudged Man of the Tournament for scoring 362 runs and taking 15 wickets in the campaign.Yuvraj also tweeted to thank the MI franchise and is looking forward to playing for his sixth franchise in the IPL.I am glad to be part of the @mipaltan family, looking forward for the season to begin. See u soon @ImRo45yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) December 18, 2018″I am glad to be part of the @mipaltan family, looking forward for the season to begin. See u soon @ImRo45,” Yuvi tweeted.Paltan, ab aayega mazaa #CricketMeriJaan @YUVSTRONG12 pic.twitter.com/7fSWYnUTRQMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 19, 2018Yuvraj, who has been a shadow of his former self on the field in the recent past, went unsold during the first round of auctions on Tuesday before he was brought back in the accelerated bidding towards the end of a six-hour-long process that saw 60 players, including 20 overseas stars, sold to eight franchises.”Yuvi [Yuvraj] and Malinga were crucial players for us at the auction. We were fortunate to get those two players. To be honest, I was thinking on the basis of experience, we retained a lot of young players. And then entering this auction, we wanted to buy a few young players but the agenda was to focus on experience a lot,” MI owner Akash Ambani told Star Sports.After fetching a record price of Rs 16 crore at the 2015 auction, Yuvraj’s price dipped to Rs 7 crore in 2016 when he was snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was bought at his base price of Rs 2 crore during January’s auction earlier this year by Kings XI Punjab. He was eventually released by the Punjab-based franchise in the lead up to to the recently-concluded auction.Meanwhile, head coach Mahela Jayawardene, who had the company of recently-appointed bowling coach Zaheer Khan at the auction on Tuesday, said the decision to buy Malinga was not taken at the heat of the moment but was a well-thought-out one.”We realised after 12 months of hard work, he [Malinga] has come back. He is performing really well. We needed a senior bowler who could guide this young group of bowlers we had. So it’s easier for us to relate to Lasith,” Jayawardene said.Also Read | IPL 2019 Auction: 8 teams spend Rs 106.80 crore on 60 playersAlso Read | Didn’t expect to get Yuvraj for Rs 1 crore, says MI owner Akash AmbaniAlso Read | IPL 2019: Zaheer Khan appointed Mumbai Indians’ Director of Cricket Operationslast_img