South Africa star JP Duminy is one of the ten players Mumbai Indians have released ahead of the upcoming auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL). With November 15 being the last date for the franchises to release the list of the released players, Mumbai Indians revealed the list on Thursday.
The three-time IPL champions have released six Indian and four overseas players. Among Indians who will have to put their names in the squad are – Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Sharad Lumba, Tajinder Singh Dhillon. On the other hand, Pat Cummins, Mustafizur Rahman and Akila Dananjaya are the overseas stars following Duminy out of the team.
Mumbai Indians had a tough campaign last season, failing to make it to the playoffs. The Rohit Sharma-led side entered the competition as the defending champions and the most successful team in the history of IPL.
Not surprisingly, the three-time IPL champions Indians were one of the pre-tournament favourites to lift the coveted title.
However, as the tournament progressed, it kept on getting clear they would fail to defend their title. Mumbai revived their campaign towards the end but eventually crashed out at the league stage. They finished the season at the fifth position with just six wins in 14 games.
Rohit Sharma will continue to lead the side. Mumbai Indians have also retained Kieron Pollard who has struggled to get going in recent times. Pollard’s Windies teammate Evin Lewis is also in the retained players’ list. The other overseas stars are Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Milne and Quinton de Kock who was recently bought from Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Mayank Markande, who impressed with his spin bowling in his maiden season, is also retained.
The auction for the twelfth edition will take place next month.
Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff.
Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Sharad Lumba, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, JP Duminy, Pat Cummins, Mustafizur Rahman, Akila Dananjaya.