After a sluggish start to the Indian Premier League (IPL) where they didn’t win a single title in the first five years, Mumbai Indians (MI) have become the most successful side in the history of the Indian T20 league. No team has won more IPL titles than MI. They have won it four times in the last seven seasons – 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.
One of the reasons for their success has been the scouting system. Year after year, MI have produced some quality Indian players and have also got the best out of the overseas pool. Players like Jasprit Bumrah, the Pandya brothers, Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav are among the many stars MI have produced.
Last season, MI did blow hot and cold a little. They had to scrap hard for a few wins. There were a few underperforming players while a few didn’t get a game as well. Thus, ahead of the next season, MI need to filter out a few players.
Here are three players MI should axe ahead of the IPL in 2020:
Barinder Sran. (Photo Source: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
It was in the 2015 season that Barinder Sran made his IPL debut. However, in five years, the left-arm pacer has got an extended run in just one season. In these five seasons, he’s been a part of three teams – Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians.
Last year, MI bought the Punjab pacer for a significant price of INR 3.4 crores in the auction. However, Sran played just a couple of games in the entire season. He didn’t even bowl his full quota of overs even once. He went for runs at an economy of 12.75 this season.
Moreover, Sran hasn’t been in the best of forms either. Thus, with some quality overseas pacers at their disposal and Jasprit Bumrah leading the attack, it may not be a bad option to axe Sran from the squad.
Siddhesh Lad’s patient knock helped Mumbai to draw the game against Baroda. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Over the last few years, Siddhesh Lad has been a crucial player for Mumbai in the domestic circuit. In fact, he’s been in and around the Mumbai Indians (MI) side for the last few years as well. But he has been constantly warming the benches.
Lad was bought back by the franchise for his base price of INR 20 lakhs in 2018. However, it was only in 2019 that he got a chance to make his IPL debut. Lad played just one game where he replaced the skipper Rohit Sharma and scored 15 before he was dropped again. Despite being around the MI side for years now, Lad hasn’t been able to break into the XI.
With Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and the Pandya brothers forming the team’s batting core, it’s almost impossible for the 27-year-old to get enough chances and a consistent run. Thus, it may well be better for MI and also Lad that they part ways.
Beuran Hendricks. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Beuran Hendricks has been in excellent form in recent times. He’s made a decent impact in the shortest format for South Africa. He picked up eight wickets against Pakistan in the T20I series earlier this year. He seemed to be on a roll as he continued his good form in the CSA T20 Challenge.
On the back of these impressive performances, Mumbai Indians opted to go for the left-arm pacer as the replacement for the injured Alzarri Joseph. However, the Mumbai franchise never used the services of the 29-year-old left-arm fast bowler.
With Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell McClenaghan and Lasith Malinga being MI’s frontline overseas pacers and the likely return of Alzarri Joseph, Hendricks may not even be anywhere close in the pecking order. Thus, it’s best for MI to let the South African go.
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