The defending champions Mumbai Indians will look to clinch their sixth title in the IPL 2021 and they were able to fill in the missing pieces in their team in IPL 2021 auction.
It is well said that half of the battle in the IPL is won or lost in the auctions and Mumbai is one of the smartest franchises in the auctions.
A total of 292 players went under the hammer on Thursday at Chennai. Out of them, 57 players were sold of which 22 were foreign players whereas 29 were uncapped players. A total of INR 145.3 crores were spent in the auction.
Mumbai had released Nathan Coulter Nile before the auction and bought him back for INR 5 crores. The defending champions strengthen their already potent pace bowling battery as they roped in New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne for INR 3.2 crores.
Veteran leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, who is one of the leading wicket-takers in the IPL, has been roped in for INR 2.4 crores by the reigning champions. New Zealand’s all-rounder James Neesham was bought for INR 50 lakh whereas Mumbai has also picked Jammu’s fast bowler Yudhvir Charak for INR 20 lakh. South Africa’s young fast bowler Marco Jansen was also selected for INR 20 lakh.
Among the noticeable picks, Arjun Tendulkar, son of India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, has been picked for INR 20 lakh. The junior Tendulkar had recently scored a quickfire knock of 77 off just 31 balls and had also smashed five sixes in an over.
Mumbai Indians: Players retained: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan
Players bought: Nathan Coulter Nile (5 crores), Adam Milne (3.2 crores), Piyush Chawla (2.4 crores), James Neesham (50 lakh), Yudhvir Charak (20 lakh), Marco Jansen (20 lakh), Arjun Tendulkar (20 lakh)