Three players MI should release ahead of the auction
Mumbai Indians are one of the dominating franchises in the history of Indian Premier League. Even though they had a nightmare season in 2018, they will always a team to watch out in every moment of the league.
With the trade proceedings started for the next season of Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians have released two players named Akila Dananjaya and Mustafizur Rahman and bought South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock soon after the commencement of proceedings.
Even though they released these three players in the pre-trade activities, but still there are some possible removals for them in the last year’s squad considering the recent performances of those players.
Let’s have a look at three players who can be released from Mumbai Indians:
Without no doubt, Duminybis one of the finest all-rounders featured in this format from its beginning. But nowadays he is not up to the level in his early days. Duminy scored his last IPL half-century in 2015 which is completely not a good sight of him.
Mumbai Indians is also blessed with a left arm all-rounder Krunal Pandya who is been among good runs nowadays and also good fitness levels. His presence will negotiate the need for Duminy in the franchise.
To add further worries, Duminy is going through a bad phase now because of injury issues. He will also miss the initial stages of the new T20 league of Cricket South Africa because of that. The all-rounder is frequently experiencing these kinds of problems which will also a set back for him in the retention process.
The kiwi fast bowler Adam Milne is yet to make his own mark in the Indian Premier League. He was in his prime form during the last World Cup. But in recent days he didn’t do anything bigger in the tournaments he is playing nowadays.
Milne was added as a replacement for injured Pat Cummins for the last season. But he didn’t get a single game in the tournament. Milne had taken only four wickets in the five games he played in the Indian Premier League.
Further Mumbai Indians have a rich resource of fast bowlers in the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan and Hardik Pandya. Also, Lasith Malinga is said to return as a player for the next season. These things will clearly take Adam Milne away from the game for Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai Indians are flooded with a lot of Indian youngsters and some of them were phenomenal in the last season like Mayank Markhande, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav. With these players making their mark Saurabh Tiwary failed to do something in the last outing.
The 28-year old left-hand batsman was bought by Mumbai Indians for INR 80 lakhs during the fag end of the auction last year. Tiwary wasn’t given a game throughout the season. With many young guns in the team, there is no need to stuck with Tiwary for the franchise.
In the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy, Tiwary had played nine matches for Jharkhand, scoring 207 runs at an average if 34.50 and a strike rate of 91.59. These stats add more worry on the player and the franchise can go for some fresh talents with the price paid for him.