India, March 15 -- With the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) just about a week away, Mumbai Indians' preparations are in full swing.

Yuvraj Singh initially failed to find a team in the first round of IPL auctions last year but was eventually picked up by the Mumbai Indians in the second round for a hefty Rs 2 crore.

The onus is on the India international to justify MI's faith in his abilities.

And he has begun in earnest in that quest.

In a training session on Thursday, the first ball the 37-year-old faced came, in his own words, from the middle of the bat and went for a six.

Yuvraj, a veteran of 304 ODIs and 40 Tests, will be eager to middle them through the course of the upcoming IPL and guide the Mumbai Indians to the...