Bangalore: As the Royal Challengers Bangalore begin their 2014 Indian Premier League campaign against the Delhi Daredevils on Thursday in Sharjah, the focus would be on Yuvraj Singh more than AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle. Yuvraj, earlier this year, fetched the highest price ever in an IPL player auction despite his indifferent form.
The southpaw had made a strong return to the Indian team in October last year, slamming an unbeaten 77 to set up India's victory over Australia in the one-off T20 International but has since been plagued by poor shot-selection and at times ruthless criticism. He was dropped after India returned empty-handed from South Africa but was subsequently selected for the ICC World Twenty20, where he failed to revive the old magic. Yuvraj was picked purely for his abilities to star in world tournaments. However, barring a match-winning 43-ball 60 against Australia in a dead-rubber, the Punjab batsman failed to fire throughout the event and even copped most of the blame in the defeat to Sri Lanka in the final for his go-slow approach. (Must read: Virat Kohli says Yuvraj Singh X-factor for Bangalore in IPL 7)