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“I have to prove to myself that I have it in me”
After being bought for a record $2.33 million by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh believes that “I just feel that I am going to a place where I can express myself”.
However, Singh added that he was more focused on the upcoming World Twenty20, which will take place in Bangladesh next month, than the IPL at the moment.
“I’m very happy to go to RCB and am looking forward to playing alongside the likes of Chris Gayle and AB and all the other great guys in the team,” he told ESPNcricinfo. “But the World T20 is up first and that’s what I’m focussed at the moment and am trying to play as much domestic cricket as I can to prepare myself for that, and I hope for the best.”
Singh also admitted that he will have to perform to the best of his abilities at all times, especially since he was the most expensive player in the auction.
“I just feel that I am going to a place where I can express myself,” he said. “Everyone’s talking about my being the highest-paid player and being bought for so much at an auction, that also means that there is a lot of focus on you and on how you have to win matches, it adds responsibility. In RCB, we’ve got a lot of guys who are match winners on their own – Gayle, AB, Virat, Albie [Morkel], Rampaul can just take games away single-handed. It’s a great bunch, it is great that in that kind of environment, I can go and express myself.”
Singh added that he also needs to convince himself that he still has the ability to continue performing at a high standard.
“I’m not looking at making any big statement,” he said. “At the end of the season, it’s not like I have to prove anything to anyone else [about] what I can do. I have to prove to myself that I have it in me.
“You are not going to be thinking about what others are thinking and what you must prove to them – you have to prove things to yourself – and that is what I am looking to do with all the opportunities I get.”