Nathan Coulter-Nile Not Surprised After Mumbai Indians Axe Him For IPL 2021
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Nathan Coulter-Nile Not Surprised After Mumbai Indians Axe Him For IPL 2021

Nathan Coulter-Nile

Nathan Coulter-Nile was recently released by his IPL franchise defending champions Mumbai Indians, with the Australian fast bowler admitting that he had expected it to happen. even though he had played the IPL 2020 final and took 2-29 against the Delhi Capitals in the summit clash.

The pacer, who is currently playing in the BBL for the Melbourne Stars, didn’t have the best of outings in the last game against the Melbourne Renegades.  The pacer gave 19 runs in the 19th over, as Melbourne Renegades won the contest. To add to his misery, after the game, the 33-year-old came to know about his release from MI.

Nathan Coulter-Nile
Nathan Coulter-Nile (Image Credit: Google)

Nathan Coulter-Nile Expected IPL Axe But Is Hopeful To  Be Picked Up By Other Franchises In IPL 2021

Nathan Coulter-Nile played 32 ODIs and 28 T20Is for Australia but his last T20I was in February 2019 and last ODI was in June 2019. The 33-year-old has taken 52 ODI wickets and 34 T20I wickets. He picked 5 wickets in 7 IPL matches in 2020 averaging 41.2 while he has 41 scalps from 33 IPL games averaging 22.56.

“Yep, that was good, Just got smacked in the 19th [over], get off the field and get told I’m being flicked, get the email,” Nathan Coulter-Nile told Espncricinfo.

Nathan Coulter-Nile
Nathan Coulter-Nile-Getty

Nathan Coulter-Nile was quick to add that he wasn’t expecting to be retained by the defending IPL champions, with the news not coming as a shock to him.

“I was expecting that was going to happen, they paid overs for me, so I thought that was going to happen. Hopefully, I can get picked up again this year. I’ve got nothing else on so hopefully I can get to the IPL,” Nathan Coulter-Nile added.

Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up five wickets in seven IPL 2020 games at an economy of 7.92. He played in the final too, taking two wickets against the Delhi Capitals in the summit clash.

Nathan Coulter-Nile Isn’t Confident About Chances Of Representing Australia

The right-arm fast bowler sounded pragmatic about his chances of representing Australia in white-ball limited-overs cricket. Australia are set to tour neighbouring country New Zealand and play five T20Is next month. However, Nathan Coulter-Nile isn’t confident that he would be selected as a part of the travelling squad.

“I’ve not even thought about, I don’t think I’m in the mix at all. It’s just reading between the lines I think. I haven’t played for Australia in two years or something. So, I think I can just work it out myself,” said the Australian.

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Nathan Coulter-Nile missed a good chunk of the ongoing BBL season with a calf injury. He has thus far played four games, picking up nine wickets at an economy rate of 6.36. Melbourne Stars are currently third on the points table.

Meanwhile, Lasith Malinga, who has now retired from franchise cricket, highlighted the list of released players of MI which also included James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell McClenaghan and all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford. Uncapped players Digvijay Deshmukh and Prince Balwant Rai were also released.