Mumbai Indians bowling coach Zaheer Khan has revealed that they have traded their players as they want on to focus on bowling combination. The defending champions have traded in Trent Boult from Delhi Capitals. Mumbai also got Dhawal Kulkarni from Rajasthan Royals.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians traded out Siddhesh Lad and Mayank Markande. Thus, the focus is to strengthen the bowling department. Mumbai Indians already have quality fast bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan.
Mumbai Indians have a potent bowling line-up.
The reigning champions also have spinners like Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar and Anukul Roy.
“That was one of the concerns and the trades were a reflection of exactly what was the planning for the upcoming season,” Zaheer Khan said as quoted by IANS.
“We felt that we will need some kind of strength around the bowling department and hence the trades with Delhi (Capitals) and RR (Rajasthan Royals).”
On the other hand, Zaheer Khan stated that the focus is once again on giving opportunities to young Indian players. Mumbai Indians are well known to throw opportunities to the young players and a lot of players have come through the ranks via Mumbai Indians.
“In terms of domestic talent as well, it has been a trend with MI that we have been spotting and going with domestic talent. But this is going to be the end of the cycle as well.
“The IPL dynamics in terms of big auctions work differently, so there is going to be some more thinking in terms of what direction we should be going in, but its pretty premature at this stage.
“The release list is out, so we will have to keep an eye on which are the players released from other teams and what are the options, so yes that process should start very soon now,” he concluded.
Mumbai Indians are the most successful side with four IPL titles under their belt. The Rohit Sharma-led side will look to continue their domination in IPL 2020.
Retained players: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Surya Kumar Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Anmolpreet Singh, Jayant Yadav, Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni (traded in), Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Sherfane Rutherford (traded in), Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult (traded in).
Released players: Evin Lewis, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff, Beuran Hendricks, Ben Cutting, Yuvraj Singh, Mayank Markande (traded out), Barinder Sran, Rasikh Salam, Pankaj Jaswal, Siddhesh Lad (traded out), Alzarri Joseph.