Mujeeb Ur Rahman was a bright prospect coming out of Afghanistan when he was first picked for Kings XI Punjab in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League. The right-arm spinner was making all kinds of headlines at that point. He was bought by KXIP and had an instant impact on the league.
In 11 matches, he picked up 14 wickets and was doing what Rashid Khan was doing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, tying down the batsmen with his mystery spin. From that point, everyone would have expected the young man to have a great IPL career.
However, that didn’t happen as after a few bad outings in the 2019 season, Punjab decided to do away with the spinner. They dropped him from the XI and in the 2020 season, he wasn’t even their first-choice spinner.
Ahead of the 2021 IPL auction, Mujeeb was released by the Kings XI, which now means he can be picked by any other franchise if they want to add him to their arsenal. For someone who has a superb track record in T20 leagues and international cricket, Mujeeb will definitely attract some buyers.
Here are the 3 teams that should bid for Mujeeb Ur Rahman:
1. Rajasthan Royals
The franchise from Jaipur has made some big changes to their side. One of them being, Steve Smith getting released from the side. The Australian was the captain of the team, which will be led by Sanju Samson now. Apart from that, Rajasthan have released some other overseas players, which has created three spots in the overseas column.
When it comes to spinners, they already have Rahul Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal in the side, but an addition of a quality overseas spinner will just strengthen their side. In addition to that, Mujeeb is an expert T20 bowler who can bowl at any stage of the game, which makes him a steal in a T20 side.
If the IPL happens in India, the pitch in Jaipur will also support the way Mujeeb bowls. In that situation, a solid spin bowling attack is something the Royals would love to possess. The fact that Tewatia can also bat makes him a little more viable and allows the Royals to go in for a three spinners attack as well.
2. Mumbai Indians
There are very few experts who will say that Mumbai should make changes in their squad while making up the team for the upcoming season. Having won the previous two seasons, there is nothing that Rohit Sharma’s team can not do on the field.
However, having released several overseas stars, Mumbai can go for four new overseas players at the auction next month. Something which they lack as of now is a quality overseas spinner. And adding Mujeeb will solve the last issue in the puzzle. Mujeeb could play a supporting hand to Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya, who have been the preferred spinners for the defending champions in the past two seasons.
In addition to that, Mujeeb’s ability to bowl with the new ball, also allows them to have Jasprit Bumrah fresh when the death overs come in the picture. With Malinga no longer in the squad, the bulk of death bowling will be done by Bumrah. So, opening the bowling with Mujeeb will be a good option for them.
3. Royal Challengers Bangalore
Well, there are a lot of players which Royal Challengers Bangalore might be looking for but Mujeeb is someone they would be interested in. They already have Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal as an off-spinner and leg-spinner. In addition, they have Adam Zampa, an overseas leg-spinner.
One last thing that they can have in their services is Mujeeb who is an off-spinner and an overseas option. The experience of Mujeeb will be something Kohli can benefit from. Compared to Washington Sundar, Mujeeb will also offer a much more wicket-taking option.
In addition to that, the Bengaluru wicket can be a place where spinners are belted, but they also pick a lot of wickets. Mujeeb has been someone who takes wickets and turns matches on their heads, something which he has done recently in the BBL.
Mujeeb’s aggressive style of bowling can be something that RCB requires. Plus, he is someone who takes wickets with the new ball. And if there is something that RCB need for turning the luck towards themselves, that would be more and more wicket-taking options.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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