Mumbai Indians Will Try To Bring A Lot Of Released Players Back In IPL 2022 Auction: Zaheer Khan
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Mumbai Indians Will Try To Bring A Lot Of Released Players Back In IPL 2022 Auction: Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)
Zaheer Khan (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

Mumbai Indians had a happy headache when it came to retaining the four players ahead of the 2022 Indian Premier League mega auctions. The side retained captain Rohit Sharma and star pacer Jasprit Bumrah – the two players who probably wrote themselves on the list, alongside batter Suryakumar Yadav and veteran all-rounder Kieron Pollard.

Despite four strong retentions, there were notable omissions as the Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal, as well as young wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan, who were all a part of Mumbai Indians’ renowned homegrown list of players, were released ahead from the squad.
Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mumbai Indians Will Aim To Bring A Lot Of Released Players Back In IPL 2022 Auctions: Zaheer Khan Asserts It’s Not End Of Road For Non-ZRetained Players

However, MI’s Director of Cricket Operations, Zaheer Khan, has said that MI will be aiming to “get a lot of them back,” in the mega auction. When asked about the above-mentioned players, Zaheer Khan said that it is “not the end of the road” for these players with Mumbai Indians.

“It has been an emotional time for us. You look at the positives of it. A lot of players started their journey here, groomed themselves in the best possible scenario. A lot of them have represented their country, so that’s what you feel proud about,” Zaheer Khan said.

“It’s not the end of the road. There’s still a chance we will get a lot of them back, so that’s the way we look at it. It has been a heartbreaking scenario for sure but all teams have to go through this journey. We’re no exception to that. As a professional player, you understand the dynamics of franchise cricket. (And as a franchise) You tend to do the best in such a scenario,” Zaheer Khan said.

Zaheer Khan. Image-Sportstar
Zaheer Khan. Image-Sportstar

Rohit Sharma was the obvious choice as he is the most successful captain with five IPL titles and also their star batter, who has scored 4,441 runs for the team. However, MI also picked their main all-rounder Kieron Pollard who has won them numerous matches from challenging situations and has smashed 214 sixes for the franchise.

Mumbai Indians ace bowler Jasprit Bumrah was another player that the team couldn’t afford to send into auctions. Jasprit Bumrah has picked 130 wickets in IPL for MI and is one of the fiercest bowlers in the current era.

Suryakumar Yadav is a brilliant player of stroke play and maintained a balance in MI’s batting line-up but had a poor outing in the last season where he amassed 317 runs from 14 games. But the middle-order batsman amassed 512 runs in IPL 2018, 424 runs in IPL 2019, and 480 runs in IPL 2020.

Zaheer Khan Said Mumbai Indians Will Try To Repeat The Same Process And Achieve Success And Points Out There’s Plenty Of Time Before IPL 2022

The former Indian fast bowler further laid down the way forward for the future, saying that the team will be built on the same roadmap which reaped the rewards for the Mumbai Indians in the last cycle.

“The way forward is simple. The things which have been working, you stick with that. And you look ahead. There’s plenty of time for the mega auction. Preparations will start keeping this in mind. The kind of success we had in our last cycle, we will try and repeat a similar kind of success in the coming years,” Zaheer Khan further said.

Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma Image Source : SURYAKUMAR YADAV/TWITTER
Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma— Image Source: SURYAKUMAR YADAV/TWITTER

Mumbai Indians’ captain Rohit Sharma, who was retained by the franchise ahead of the mega auction in IPL 2022, said it was “heartbreaking” not to be able to hold on to their entire core group of cricketers. MI retained four cricketers – the maximum allowed to each franchise ahead of the mega auction, including Rohit Sharma. The other three retained players were Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard.

But Mumbai Indians was not able to hold the likes of Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, and Trent Boult, all of whom were instrumental in their success in the last few seasons of the IPL. Rohit Sharma (16 cr), Jasprit Bumrah (12 cr), Suryakumar Yadav (8 cr), and Kieron Pollard (6 cr) were retained by MI.

Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Anmolpreet Singh, Aditya Tare, Quinton de Kock, Piyush Chawla, Anukul Roy, Jimmy Neesham, Marco Jansen, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Dhawal Kulkarni, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohsin Khan, Yudhvir Singh, Arjun Tendulkar, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, were the players who were released by Mumbai Indians before IPL 2022.

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