Mumbai Indians(MI) retained their IPL title last year, as they defeated Delhi Capitals in the finals. Led by Rohit Sharma, MI lifted their second successive title and fifth overall. Mumbai Indians have released six players ahead of the IPL 2021 auction. However, they have made sure that the core setup of their team remains unchanged.
In a move that raised a few eyebrows, Mumbai Indians released four of their overseas pacers alongside two domestic players. They go into the auction with a healthy purse of Rs.15.35 crores, and can buy upto seven players, including four foreigners.
Released: Mitchell McCleneghan, James Pattinson, Lasith Malinga, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sherfane Rutherford, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai Singh
Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Mohsin Khan, Saurabh Tiwary, Trent Boult
Slots Remaining:7 (4 overseas)
Here are a few players Mumbai Indians (MI) can target in the auction:
After releasing four of their overseas pacers, Mumbai Indians (MI) have made it very clear that they will be spending big bucks on the pacers in the auction. Mitchell Starc, who has made himself available for the 2021 season will be one of the top targets for Mumbai.
Already boasting a pace bowling attack comprising of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, the addition of Mitchell Starc will make the bowling attack almost unplayable. Boult can open the attack alongside Starc, whereas Bumrah will be in charge of the second spell.
Kyle Jamieson has impressed one and all after his stellar performances in 2020. After making his Test debut against India last year, the tall Kiwi pacer has delivered exceptional performances in all three formats of the game. Moreover, he is quite handy with the bat as he can strike a few hefty blows. He will be one of the top targets for Mumbai Indians. What makes Jamieson’s addition more interesting is that he can open the bowling alongside his countryman, Trent Boult.
Mujeeb ur Rahman
Mumbai Indians will be looking forward to add depth and variety in their spin bowling department. Krunal Pandya was ineffective with the ball in the 2020 season, whereas Rahul Chahar delivered strong performances. Jayant Yadav stepped in the IPL final, picking up the crucial wicket of Shikhar Dhawan. However, what Mumbai lack is a world-class spinner in their squad who can turn around matches from almost nowhere.
Mujeeb ur Rahman, the Afghanistan spinner who is well accustomed to the Indian playing conditions was released by KXIP ahead of the auction. He has played 18 IPL matches, picking 17 wickets at an average of 33. Mujeeb can be one of the potential players, Mumbai Indians can go after in the auction.
Jhye Richardson, Australian right-arm pacer will be another top target for Mumbai Indians. Richardson’s exceptional performance in the ongoing BBL edition will raise his stakes in the upcoming auction. The Australian quick picked up 27 wickets in his 14 outings at an impressive economy of 7.09. He can partner the Kiwi pacer, Trent Boult upfront which will make a deadly bowling combination.
Arjun Tendulkar, son of the legendary Indian batsman, Sachin Tendulkar is eligible to be included in the IPL auction after he made his Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy debut this month. Arjun is an all-rounder who can bat in top order as well as in the middle order.
His bowling has improved vastly in the past few years. Mumbai Indians are expected to bid for Arjun Tendulkar in the auction as they have always adopted the policy of investing in youth. Moreover, Arjun has been a net bowler for Mumbai Indians in the preceding IPL seasons.