Mumbai Indians became the most successful IPL franchise after Rohit Sharma-led team got the better of MS Dhoni and Co by 1 run in a thriller IPL 2019 final. The four-time IPL champions will be looking forward to a good season under the tutelage of Rohit Sharma.
The franchise, however, has released as many as 12 players, which includes notable names like Yuvraj Singh, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff, Beuran Hendricks and Ben Cutting. Going into this December 19 mega auction for the 2020 edition, Mumbai Indians has the option of filling up slots for 5 domestic and 2 foreign 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).
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.
Here are the five players whom Mumbai Indians will be targeting at IPL 2020 Auction:
Among all the bright prospects in the modern era, England’s Tom Banton is viewed as the T20 batting phenomenon of 2019. He may be 21 years old but has already impressed big franchises across the world with his incredible six-hitting ability. The young man made his T20I debut against New Zealand following an exceptional One-Day tournament and a sterling T20 Blast season.
He might not have upped his ante in three games scoring 18, 31 and 7 but based on the prima facie case of batting exploits in the domestic arena, one can come to a firm conclusion that a batsman like Tom Banton can be the next big thing in the limited-overs cricket.
Banton had recently signed for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League. He had also played for Qalandars in the Abu Dhabi T10 League. He showcased his mettle on the pitch by scoring two fifties. He hit the peak performance when he chipped in with a staggering 28-ball 80 against Karnataka Tuskers.
The batting sensational had earlier told that his playing in the IPL has been a dream from a very young age. He expressed his delight after knowing that he is in the IPL auction this year. He went on to add saying that he has been a massive fan of Mumbai Indians. The capped international set his base price at INR 1 crore.
Nothing pains a cricketer more than an unfulfilled potential. New Zealand’s Jimmy Neesham has all the ingredients to become a T20 phenomenon but unfortunately, his potential didn’t convert into performance.
The hard-hitting southpaw and a pretty good fast bowler was purchased by Delhi Daredevils in the 2014 IPL auctions where he featured in just four games in that season. He was statistically poor in numbers as he could garner only 42 runs with the bat at a below-par strike rate of under 100 and picked just one wicket to his name.
In the wake of his flop shows, he was released by the franchise. He was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 2015. Just as when he thought he would make up for the poor performance in the league, tragedy then soon followed him around like a shadow as he did not play even a single game for the franchise. He was warming the bench and has never been seen in the world’s premier tournament since.
With injury concerns looming large over Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians may consider roping Neesham for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. The 29-year-old all-rounder has set his base price at INR 50 lakh.
Since the inception of Indian Premier League, the crafty leg-spinner has performed whenever it mattered the most. Weaving the magic with the ball, the old warhorse has been well and truly impressive and in fact, he has come out on top going one on one against top batsmen in the world.
He announced his arrival in the IPL when he played for the Kings XI Punjab team from 2008 to 2013. He made an instant impact as a young spinner and has had a good spell at Punjab. He had taken 57 wickets in 55 matches and interestingly, only 5 players had a better record at the time.
On 12 February 2014, Chawla was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 425 lakhs in IPL 7 auction and has contributed quite well for the team. He has also etched his achievement in the record books when he hit the winning runs against his previous franchise in the 2014 IPL final.
His ability to control with the ball and smart use of the conditions add a new dimension to the team’s attack. He has been expectedly retained at the tag of Rs. 4.32 crore for the 2019 IPL. Chawla would look to scale the 150-wicket mark and prove his tested worth yet again this season.
Playing 157 matches, he has taken 150 wickets. He was retained at a price tag of Rs. 4.32 crore for the 2019 IPL and was released ahead of the 2020 IPL auction. Piyush Chawla is someone who would at the cynosure of Mumbai Indians’ eyes considering his wide range of experience. Chawla has set his base price at INR 1 crore.
The left-hand, top-order batsman who hails from Jharkhand has fared well in the Syed Mushtaq Ali season, garnering as many as 343 runs in 10 innings at a spectacular average of 57.16 and a strike rate of 142.32.
He scored three half-centuries, including an unbeaten 76 off 44 balls that threatened to remove eventual champions Karnataka from power.
Virat also gave absolutely everything at Deodhar Trophy, where he scored 76 runs forming the important component of India C’s revival from 126 for 5 against India B. Perhaps, he has done more than enough to attract the attention of the IPL franchises. The uncapped international player set his base price at INR 20 lakh.
The youngster first hogged the limelight in 2015 when he scored an unbeaten 319* and took 13/99 in a Giles Shield match, an all-round record in school level cricket, which was honoured by the Limca Book of Records.
The young all-rounder plies his trade for India Under-19s and Mumbai. In October 2019, he shot to prominence as he became the youngest cricketer in the world to score a List A double century.
He essayed a flamboyant 203 runs off 154 balls in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match against Jharkhand and in the process, he became the youngest double centurion in the history of List A cricket at 17 years, 292 days. His knock included a flurry of 17 fours and 12 sixes.
He was one of the top five run-getters at the 2019–20 Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament, accumulating 564 runs in 6 matches at an average of 112.80. He also earned his place in the India B squad for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy. In December 2019, he was listed in India’s squad for the 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
Seeing Mumbai teenager’s performance, quite a few IPL franchises were reportedly interested in him in the lead-up to the IPL 2019 auction. The uncapped international player has set his base price at INR 20 lakh.
~Written by Gurusai
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