After being picked for Rs 14 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League VII Player Auction, cynics asked whether Yuvraj Singh was worth all that money. At the Wankhede Stadium yesterday, he started to prove the skeptics over the latest IPL auction wrong.

Playing for Air India, the classy left-handed batsman hit 12 fours and five sixes to score a dazzling 105 from 74 balls.

Bankmen pounded

Manvinder Bisla (58), Sushant Marathe (44) and Naman Ojha (60) also pounded the bankmen to set up a stiff target of 328 runs after losing seven wickets.

If the target appeared difficult at first, it became unassailable when Pankaj Singh started hitting the deck and making most of his over six-feet frame. He kept the State Bank of Mysore batsmen on their toes as he finished with 3 for 12 having started his first spell with figures of 7-5-4-2.

Despite Anirudh Joshi's resilient 72 from 85 balls, it wasn't enough as wickets tumbled and the required run-rate continued to pile up. State Bank of Mysore finished up with 225 for eight.

Big price tag will make me more responsible: Yuvraj

Royal Challengers Bangalore's Rs 14-crore bid to acquire Yuvraj Singh in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Player Auction is already the talk of the town. By the time the tournament kicks off, the frenzy around RCB's biggest catch will only grow wilder.

With the headline-grabbing price tag expected to remain in the spotlight every time Yuvraj comes out to bat, the southpaw will have to deal with the additional pressure of justifying the mind-boggling amount. However, Yuvraj does not look at the price tag as additional pressure.

"See, pressure is always there when you play any match either for your country or the club. I don't think it will put more pressure on me. But it will surely add more responsibility to my role. I am eagerly looking forward to joining RCB," Yuvraj told SUNDAY MiD DAY after his practice session with Air India.

Sixteen teams will vie for the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) Corporate Trophy. Yuvraj said his international experience will come in handy in the IPL to tackle the rising expectations.

"Playing international cricket for so long will certainly help. You sort of get used to the pressures and expectations," said Yuvraj. Yuvraj had missed the 2012 IPL as he was recovering from cancer. He fought his way to get back into reckoning by working on his flair and fitness at the domestic level.

For now, all eyes would be on how Yuvraj performs in next month's ICC World T20 in Bangladesh.

Courtesy: Mid Day

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