New Delhi, Feb 16: Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Monday endorsed Delhi Daredevils splurging Rs 16 crore on Yuvraj Singh in the IPL 8 auction, saying the flamboyant all-rounder "deserves every penny for his yeoman service" to Indian cricket.
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The batting great added: "He not in the mix at the moment, but he is 32." Earlier in the day, Yuvraj emerged as the costliest cricketer in the IPL 8 players' auction, bought for a record Rs 16 crore (USD 2.57 million approx) by Delhi Daredevils in Bangalore.
Yuvraj, who carried a base price of Rs 2 crore, was sold for the highest ever price in IPL history after a fierce tug of war for his services between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore, who bought him last year for Rs 14 crore.
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Gavaskar said Yuvraj will bring in the crowds at the capital's Ferozshah Kotla stadium. "I think it's good. He is a very big name as far as brand endorsements are concerned. Lot of people will go the stadium and he can ensure a full house," said Gavaskar.