IPL-8: Duminy backs struggling Yuvraj Singh
New Delhi: The costliest buy this season, Yuvraj Singh has not set the IPL ablaze the way he was expected to but his Delhi Daredevils captain J P Duminy has backed the star player to come good in the later stages of the T20 league.
Daredevils' Yuvraj Singh walks back after being out for two against RCB on Sunday. Pic/PTI
Yuvraj, bought for Rs 16 crore, has scored 124 runs in seven innings at an average of 17.71 with just one half century to his name. The costliest player in the IPL managed two off five balls in Delhi's demoralising 10-wicket defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Sunday.
Duminy feels it is not fair to single out a player in the team's inconsistent run, which has seen them lose four out of their seven games.
"It is easy to criticise him. He has not had great opportunities in the matches we have done well and I think he will be the first to admit that he would have loved to contribute but it is not because of one guy's performance that we are losing.
'A massive player'
"He is a massive player for us and I have all the confidence that he is going to come good for us in the later parts of the tournament," said the South African, who has been in decent touch, scoring 222 runs at 44.
Yuvraj in IPL - 8
> 9 vs Super Kings
> 27 vs Rajasthan Royals
> 54 vs Kings XI Punjab
> 9 vs Sunrisers H’bad
> 21 vs Knight Riders
> 2 vs Mumbai Indians
> 2 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Total: 124, Average: 17.71