Mumbai Indians would like to address to the problems they have faced in the previous editions when they go into IPL 2014 auctions. They have INR 21 Cr left to make a competitive team
Mumbai Indians: IPL 2014 auction Preview
Mumbai Indians have used their opportunity to retain 5 players from their previous year’s squad to maintain continuity in their side. The five players signed prior to auction are: Rohit Sharma , Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Raydu. They had to spend INR 39 Cr for these five players and that leaves them with budget of INR 21 Cr for the IPL 2014 auction which will be held on 12th-13th February 2014.
ROHIT SHARMA: In the form of Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians have chosen a captain who can lead from the front. Rohit Sharma boasts a phenomenal run scoring record in all previous editions of IPL. Most importantly, Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians to IPL 6 crown and CLT20 glory in 2013.
KIERON POLLARD: Pollard is a player tailor made to play T20 cricket. Very few players can hit ball as hard as Pollrd does. On several occasions Kieron Pollard’s acrobatic efforts on the field turned the match in MI’s favor. See: Top 5 Catches by Kaeron Pollard
Pollard also give MI option of having another bowler in the team. He is a player that can make oppositions feel jealous of Mumbai Indians squad.
LASITH MALINGA: While few think that Michell Johson should have been selected on the back of his Ashes success, there are more than enough reasons to choose Malinga over Johson. Malinga is T20 specialist who has mastered the art of bowling toe crushing Yorkers and outsmarting batsmen with change of pace. He doesn’t play Test Cricket and therefore will always be available for subsequent IPLs. Johnson is more of a Test bowler and even though his pace can instill fear in batsmen, it can also be used to hit the ball distance.
Malinga, over the years, has been face of Mumbai Indians. His retention is an important part of continuity of Mumbai Squad.
HARBHAJAN SINGH: Harbhajan Singh may have been lackluster in domestic cricket but story is completely opposite when it comes to IPL. He has always been an economic bowler for MI. Harbhajan Singh makes MI’s tail look longer and on more than one occasion he has made contribution with bat to win matches for the team. Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga have been part of the team from first edition and have never shown any drop in his performance in IPL.
AMBATI RAYDU: Despite being a good performer for the team, Ambati Raydu’s retention in the squad raises a few questions. Not choosing Dinesh Karthik, who has been their wicket keeping batsman for 2 season now, is bit of surprise. Nevertheless Raydu has been key part of the MI team. He is excellent fielder and when it comes to batting he can adapt very well according to situation.
Mumbai Indians: Facts and Opportunity going into Auction
BUDGET FOR AUCTION: INR 21 cr
RIGHT TO MATCH (JOKER CARD): 1 (Indian or Overseas Player)
Having chosen to retain five players, Mumbai Indians have INR 21 cr to spend in IPL auction 2014. They need 3 quality bowler and 3 batsmen, preferably a keeper in it, to make a complete team. Each team is supposed to have minimum 16 players in the squad. In the coming Auction Mumbai team will try to address following problems which have created troubles for them in the past too.
OPENING BATSMEN: Mumbai Indians have struggled to find a stable opening partner to go with Sachin Tendulkar in the past. It was only in last edition of the IPL it looked like Sachin and Smith is the best opening combination they have. Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement from all form of the cricket and having not chosen Smith, opens the same riddle for MI once again. Rohit Sharma has found comfort in opening position for Indian team in ODI cricket but Mumbai may not want to risk their middle order strength by asking Sharma to open.
It is rumored that Mumbai team is eying Virender Sehwag. Rest assured they will not get Sehwag at any cheap price as Delhi Daredevils have three Joker Cards to play.
Mumbai will look to play their Joker Card on Smith to regain the West Indian all rounder.
WICKET KEEPER BATSMAN: Indian wicket keeper batsman is what every team wants. Dinesh Karthik , Robin Uthappa,Wridhiman Saha and Parthiv Patel- these are few most sort after Indian keepers currently. There are few good overseas alternatives available but MI is unlikely to for them. Should Dinesh Karthik be available at reasonable bid, MI will surely call their Right to Match.