Virat Kohli had publicly announced the desire to include Yuvraj Singh in his already formidable batting line-up. Royal Challengers Bangalore broke their bank to include India's 2011 World Cup hero and paid a record Rs 14 crore to buy the left-handed batting all-rounder in the first round of Indian Premier League players auction in Bangalore on Wednesday. Gautam Gambhir was the most expensive IPL player, having received Rs 11.04 crore from Kolkata Knight Riders in January 2011. Yuvraj also outshone England discard Kevin Pietersen, who will stay with Delhi Daredevils. The Delhi franchise, the only team to start from scratch, will pay a modest Rs 9 crore to the maverick Pietersen, who also became the first 'joker' in the auctions.
RCB team principal Vijay Mallya said: "We wanted to strengthen our bowling and Yuvraj will help do that. The team is looking good now."