When T20 cricket is talked about the first thing which comes to our mind is IPL. The Indian Premier League is one of the most lucrative & popular outlets of T20 cricket. The IPL fever & zest in India is not less than a World Cup. People so strongly support their favorite team to win the ‘title’ just like during World Cup we support India to win the ‘trophy’. ‘IPL Trophy’ is not less than a ‘World Cup trophy’ for the franchises & fans of this lucrative league.
The Indian Premier League inaugurated in the year 2008 consists of eight franchises competing for the exclusive title. One of the most successful franchises in the history of the IPL is Mumbai Indians. Owned by Mukesh Ambani & Reliance Industries, Mumbai Indians have won the ‘IPL title’ five times since 2008. They have been defending Champions for two years in a row.
The IPL 2021 has been postponed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in India. However, the remaining matches of the IPL 2021 will be conducted from September-October in the UAE. Though this year’s IPL has eight teams competing for the title, the IPL 2022 will have 10 teams competing among each other. The BCCI has finalized to include two more teams in the IPL next year.
A mega auction will take place ahead of the IPL 2022 & the current squads will undergo many changes. The major twist in the upcoming auction is that the franchisees will be able to retain just three players of their main squad. They can further use RTM (Right to Match) card to select two more of their players in the auction. Rest all the players have to be released by the franchise.
Releasing key players & selecting only three of them for the upcoming seasons would surely be a tough task for Mumbai Indians. The mega auction 2022 would be a loss for Mumbai Indians as they consist of a powerful squad & releasing the core squad can prove costly for them.
By keeping the scenario in mind we have jotted down the 3 key players which Mumbai Indians could retain ahead of IPL 2022
1. Rohit Sharma:
Rohit Sharma is the most successful captain in the history of IPL who has led Mumbai Indians to five titles win under his captaincy. He took the reins of Mumbai Indians captaincy in the year 2013 & since then has led the team to heights of success. Under his leadership, they’ve also won the now-defunct Champions League Twenty20 competition in 2013.
The talismanic captain will be the first choice of Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2022 mega auction. The franchise will never take the risk of losing an outstanding player & high-quality leader like Rohit. He is not only an excellent leader but also a prolific batsman. Rohit is the fourth-highest run-scorer in the IPL by smashing 5480 runs in 202 IPL matches he has played. He has registered one century & 40 half-centuries in the IPL & brought up the highest score of 109* against KKR. Rohit’s aggressive batting style has most of the time acted as a savior for Mumbai Indians by helping them win some crucial fixtures.
The ‘hitman’s aggressive batting style along with effective captaincy led Mumbai Indians to massive five titles win. Rohit Sharma undoubtedly is the spine of Mumbai Indians & without him, the ‘Mi Paltan’ is never complete. The ‘hitman’ of the World Cricket would be Mumbai Indians sure most bid in the IPL 2022 Mega auction.
2. Jasprit Bumrah:
Jasprit Bumrah’s name is synonymous with Mumbai Indians. Bumrah is a vital cog of Mumbai Indian’s fiery bowling attack. He is one of the best pacers in World Cricket & has played a crucial role in Mumbai Indians five times title wins. Bumrah enjoys a rare record of scalping 115 wickets in 99 IPL matches at an average of 24.14. He has bowled at an enticing economy rate of 7.39 in IPL so far. In the IPL 2020, Bumrah has finished as the second-highest wicket-taker with 27 wickets in 15 matches.
Jasprit Bumrah possesses a unique action that helps him to generate a bowling angle that is different from others. With myriad bowling variations under his belt, Bumrah has become the core player of the Mumbai Indians franchise. He has been associated with ‘MI Paltan’ since he made his debut in IPL in the year 2013.
Bumrah has been Rohit’s ‘go-to man’, during various IPL fixtures when Mumbai Indians needed to fetch some quick wickets to restrict the opponents from winning. Jasprit’s importance in the Mumbai Indians pace bowling attack could not be ignored. Mumbai Indians definitely need a world-class pacer like Jasprit Bumrah in their core team to lead their pace attack in the upcoming seasons. The lethal pacer would surely be Mumbai Indians foremost pick during the IPL 2022 mega auction.
3. Kieron Pollard:
When key players of Mumbai Indians are talked about, the West Indies great grabs a sure spot in the list. Kieron Pollard single-handedly can turn a game in his favor within a matter of a few overs. His power-hitting capability has many times helped Mumbai Indians to snatch victory from the jaw of the opponent.
Since IPL 2010 he has been a part of the Mumbai Indians core team. Playing in the lower order he has produced many match-winning knocks for the franchise. Recently in the IPL 2021, he played a blistering knock of unbeaten 87 runs off 34 balls against CSK to seal victory for Mumbai Indians while chasing a target of 219 runs. Kieron Pollard has played 171 IPL matches so far amassing 3191 runs. He possesses a potent bowling capability which helped him to scalp 63 wickets at an economy of 8.81 in the IPL. The Caribbean powerhouse has a deceiving off-cutter which many batsmen fail to pick up.
One of the best all-rounders in the T20 format, Kieron Pollard could not be missed by Mumbai Indians during IPL 2022 Mega auction. The ‘Mi Paltan’ will want Pollard to continue achieving laurels for their team in the upcoming seasons of the IPL. Thus Kieron Pollard would be the third player that the Mumbai Indians franchise would retain in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction.
Looking at the expertise & prominence these are the 3 players which Mumbai Indians could retain ahead of the IPL 2022.