Former Indian pacer, who is now the mentor of three time IPL champions - Mumbai Indians (MI), believes that having Yuvraj Singh in the camp is going to serve as a big bonus for the team, given the kind of experience his has in the T20 circuit.
“We always wanted an experienced middle-order batsman to guide our team. That’s why we were bidding aggressively for Hanuma Vihari as well, who has plenty of domestic experience if not international matches under his belt. Yuvraj gave us the best of everything. He comes with vast experience and is a devastating T20 batsman as well. So, I think we made a great investment in him,”
Earlier Akash Ambani, who is one of the owners the Mumbai based franchise stated that having Yuvraj in the squad for INR 1 crore was the steal of the auction, given the caliber the left hand batsman holds in his locker. Zaheer Khan too agreed to the fact, and also said that having Malinga back as one of their front line bowlers will pay dividends for the Mumbai Indians.
“We were very clear what we needed from the auction. Mumbai Indians wanted to build a squad that could win them a championship again. (Lasith) Malinga played the role of coach for us last year but he is still the highest wicket-taker in IPL. When we found out he was in form and bowling well, it was easy to pick Malinga to not only lead our attack but also mentor the young bowlers,” he further added.
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