Former Indian all rounder Yuvraj Singh had a chat with former U19 and senior Cricket teammate Mohammed Kaif on a live session in Instagram on Monday. The duo discussed the banes that come with the tagline of being the most expensive buy in an IPL auction. Yuvraj said that the pressure starts to mount on a player when he fails to perform on the big stage.
“The pressure is felt because of the big money. I won’t say it changes a player. Now when you climb the success ladder, people try to drag you down,” he said.
Yuvraj himself holds the record of being the most expensive buy at an IPL auction, when he was bought by the Delhi Daredevils(now renamed as the Delhi Capitals) for a mind boggling Rs. 16 crore.
“See the point is…pressure is there because when you get out and don’t perform they say he is getting so much money and not performing. Negative news sells more and those things affect you. My advice to all youngsters would be to stay away from TV and newspapers,” the player of the 2011 Cricket World Cup added.
We all know the influence Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj had in shaping his son into a World Class Cricketer. Yuvraj talked about the time his father took it upon himself to make his son a better fielder.
“I was very athletic. I was quick. But fielding I did not have too much idea. In the first Ranji match I was playing, I was 15-16 years. I misfielded and next day article came out Yuvraj Singh ‘gateway of India’.”
“My father read that. He said now I will see how you don’t improve your fielding. Then I started getting better and body also got stronger.” the Chandigarh born all rounder said.
Yuvraj and Kaif recalled their memorable partnership against England in the final of the NatWest Series in 2002. When asked about what he learnt from that day, Yuvraj replied, “My lesson from that game was that you can’t relax at any time. England had thought they had won the game. You can’t give up. You have to keep trying.”