Mumbai Indians are the current champions and most decorated franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Blues added the fourth trophy to their cabinet in 2019, the most by any team in IPL. Rohit Sharma and co will now look forward to the IPL 2020 auction to strengthen their squad and reclaim the title.
Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019
After losing the two out of the first three games to Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab, MI hit back with resounding victories over Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad and KXIP. Although they then lost to Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs, wins against DC and Royal Challengers Bangalore paved the way to the playoffs.
A win against CSK was sandwiched between losses to RR and KKR. MI then won in the super over against SRH and dominated KKR to seal the top spot. In the playoffs, they defeated CSK twice- Qualifier 1 and Finals to win the IPL 2019.
Key batsmen who lead MI on route to victory were Quinton de Kock (529 runs), Suryakumar Yadav (424 runs), Rohit Sharma (405 runs) and Hardik Pandya (402 runs). Jasprit Bumrah (19 wickets), Lasith Malinga (16 wickets), Hardik Pandya (14 wickets) and Rahul Chahar (13 wickets) were instrumental with the ball as well.
|Players Retained||Players Released|
|Rohit Sharma (C)||Adam Milne|
|Hardik Pandya||Jason Behrendorff|
|Jasprit Bumrah||Barinder Sran|
|Kieron Pollard||Ben Cutting|
|Krunal Pandya||Yuvraj Singh|
|Ishan Kishan||Evin Lewis|
|Quinton de Kock||Pankaj Jaiswal|
|Surya Kumar Yadav|
|Money Left||₹ 3.55 crores|
|Traded In||Traded Out|
|Sherfane Rutherford||Mayank Markande|
|Trent Boult||Siddhesh Lad|
|Dhawal Kulkarni||Alzarri Joseph|
5 Players MI should Buy at IPL Actions 2020
Mumbai Indians released 10 players and at the same time, were able to retain their core of the squad. Among the released are all-rounders Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting and fast bowler Jason Behrendorff. The most surprising release was that of Mayank Markande. The young spinner had a good 2019 season but was pushed down the pecking order due to Rahul Chahar’s rise. Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, who took five wickets on his debut was also let go.
In the trading window, MI strengthed their squad. They brought in seemers Trent Boult, Dhawan Kulkarni and allrounder Sherfane Rutherford. MI Director of Cricket Operations Zaheer Khan admitted that all three of them were brought in due to injury issues with Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya.
Both Rohit Sharma and Mahela Jayawardene will now look towards the auctions in search of spinners and batsmen while keeping in mind that they can now purchase only two more foreign players. Here are five players they will look to buy.
1. Yashasvi Jaiswal
The 18-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal will be on all of the team’s radars in the IPL 2020 auction. Jaiswal recently became the youngest batsman to score a List-A double Hundred. He scored 203 in 154 balls for Mumbai against Jharkhand. He showed an example of what he is capable of doing in T20’s as 140 runs came in boundaries (17×4, 12×6).
During the India U19 vs Afghanistan U19 ODI series, he scored 108* and 38*. With the ball, he picked two wickets and gave only 33 runs in 11.1 overs in the two games. Jaiswal has a base price of Rs 20 Lacs, but with the performances he has put in this season, MI will surely receive some challenge.
2. Adam Zampa
With Mumbai Indians in a lookout for a spinner, adding Adam Zampa will be a good addition into their roaster. The Australian leg spinner has an action similar to Aussie legend Shane Warne. He is a proven material on Indian pitches. During the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup India, he took 5 wickets in 4 matches with an average of 13.80 and economy of 6.27.
In the IPL, Zampa has played 11 matches, picking 19 wickets with an economy of 7.55 and average of 14.63. For Australia, Zampa has played 27 T20Is and picked 28 wickets with an economy of 6.15 and average of 20.43. The 27-year-old has a base price of Rs 1.5 crores.
3. R Sai Kishore
Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore is another rising name in the domestic circuit in India. The slow left-arm orthodox bowler from Tamil Nadu was the highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He took 20 wickets in 12 matches with an average of 10.40 and economy of 4.63. Sai Kishore has a base price of Rs 20 lakhs.
4. Tom Baton
Many franchises will be looking forward when the name Thomas Banton comes up in the auction, due to his performances in the Abu Dhabi T10 League and the Natwest T20 Blast. However, it is expected MI and CSK will go head to head to bid on the English wicketkeeper considering they had enquired about him.
The 21-year-old has scored 623 runs in 20 T20s with an average of 34.89 and a strike rate of 156.36. For England, he has played three T20Is in which he has scored 56 runs at a strike rate of 164.70. Banton’s base price is at Rs 1 crore.
5. Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa is another player MI can go after. The 35-year-old batsman had played under MI in the 2008 season. Since then, RCB, Pune Warriors and KKR. Uthappa has played 170 IPL matches, scoring 4411 runs with an average of 28.83 and a strike rate of 130.5.
When he played for the MI in 2008, he played 14 matches and scored 320 runs at an average of 35.55 and strike rate of 114.69. He is priced at Rs 1.5 crores.