'Yuvraj Singh's slide as a batsman started in 2011'

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Chennai, April 10: Yuvraj Singh, the costliest player in Indian Premier League (IPL 8), failed to make an impact on his Delhi Daredevils (DD) debut last night against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

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The left-handed all-rounder, who was bought by the franchise for a record Rs 16 crores at this year's players auction, was dismissed for just 9 runs.

Yuvraj Singh walks back to the pavilion after being dismissed for 9

DD were chasing 151 to win against CSK at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Thursday night (April 9) and they fell short by just 1 run in a last-over thriller.

The 33-year-old Yuvraj, who was held back in the run chase, arrived at the crease at number six. But this move did not work. He was out to a short-ball from Dwayne Bravo.

Much was expected from him after landing a big amount in the auction but fans have to wait for the next game to see whether he can rediscover his old touch.

Making his observations on Yuvraj's batting in IPL 8 game, former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar felt his "slide" as a batsman started in England in 2011.

"Yuvi's slide as batsman started in Eng 2011. Became susceptible to the short ball. Has not been the same batsman since," Manjrekar, who is now a TV commentator, wrote on his Twitter page today.

Before the start of the tournament, DD captain JP Duminy had called Yuvraj as a "match-winner" and was expecting "big things" from him.

Yuvraj has been out of the Indian team for more than a year now. His last appearance in a India jersey was in the World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka on April 6, 2014 where the team lost and the fans blamed him.

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