Playing the "money card" at the auctions to infuse some enthusiasm in a camp saddled with deflating prior performances.

Having flattered to deceive on all the past seven editions with the ignominy of finishing at the bottom of the standings last year, they cherry-picked out-of-favour batsman Yuvraj Singh from the bidding, shelling out an astronomical Rs.16 crore.

The wisdom of buying a fading star may be wrapped in time but it has been successful in lifting the miasma surrounding the team's fate.

It is on the success of this strategy that their IPL8 fortunes rest. Yuvraj's IPL career mirrors that of his current team.

The star southpaw has always been a "sought after" player by the franchises for his natural striking ability.

His marketability quotient is also kept in mind by the franchises while bidding as his glamorous presence helps his teams attract sponsors.

Royal Challengers Bangalore kept all these factors in mind when they bought him for a whopping Rs.14 crore in 2014 only to release him the following year.

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