Former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Delhi batsman Milind Kumar was recently called up by Mumbai Indians for trials ahead of IPL 2020 auction, a report in The Times of India suggests. Milind’s first IPL stint came with Delhi Daredevils when he joined the team for IPL 2014. His record-breaking performance in 2018/19 domestic season saw Royal Challengers Bangalore buy him for IPL 2019 for Rs 20 Lakh.
Though he was released by the franchise recently. Since MI are looking middle-order batsmen, Milind holds a strong chance of getting a bid from the Rohit-Sharma led side.
The 28-year-old made his first-class debut for Delhi back in 2011. A regular in the team, Milind came to limelight when he scored 78* off 85 against visiting England in the practice match back in 2013 – Shikhar Dhawan scored a century as Delhi chased down 295. In 2017, he was selected in the Board President’s XI squad against visiting New Zealand team.
Ahead of 2018/19 season, Milind switched his base to Sikkim. He ended up as the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy with 1331 runs at a bradmansque average of 121. He scored six centuries and four half-centuries in 14 innings. Milind moved to Tripura before the ongoing season.
In total, Milind has played 37 first-class matches in which he has scored 2529 runs at 49.78. He was also a part of Duleep Trophy 2019/20.
The auction for the next season of the league takes place on December 19 in Kolkata. Apart from Milind, RCB released Dale Steyn, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetymer, Akshdeep Nath, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin de Grandhomme, Prayas Barman, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Himmat Singh and Heinrich Klaasen. Going into the auction, they have a purse of Rs 27.90 Crore.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians released Yuvraj Singh, Evin Lewis, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff, Barinder Sran, Ben Cutting, Alzarri Joseph, Beuran Hendricks, Rasikh Salam and Pankaj Jaiswal. The four-time champions can fill up to seven slots and have a budget of Rs 13.05 Crore left.