The date for IPL Auctions 2019 is nearing and all the franchises announced the list of retained and released players before the auctions a couple of weeks ago. Mumbai Indians were the champions in the years 2013, 2015, and 2017. The franchise released 10 players and bagged Quinton De Kock from Royal Challengers Bangalore before the commencement of auctions.
The list of the released players includes Sharad Lumba, Barinder Sran, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Akila Dananjaya, Sourabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, MD Nidheesh, Mohsin Khan, Pat Cummins, Mustafizur Rahman, and JP Duminy.
After the release of the above players, currently, the Mumbai Indians include batsmen namely Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis, Surya Kumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, and Quinton De Kock.
The all-rounders for the team are Ben Cutting, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, and Kieron Pollard and the list of bowlers include Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Mc Clenaghan, Anukul Roy, Rahul Chahar, Adam Milne, and Mayank Markande.
There are 7 slots available vacant in the squad for 6 Indian players and one overseas player with a salary cap of around 11.5 crore rupees. Here are the issues the franchise needs to answer during the auctions.
Middle order batsmen
The team is heavily relying on Rohit Sharma to give a good score for the team. Though Rohit Sharma is the best opener, the franchise is using his services as a middle-order batsman. In IPL 2018, Rohit Sharma scored less than 300 runs, the series being the poorest of his records. The team needs to resolve the middle muddle in this auction and give more space to the captain to do his best in the opening position. The franchise might look for Yuvraj Singh, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Aaron Finch, Manoj Tiwari, and Heinrich Klaseen to play in the middle-order since they were impressive in the middle order.
The team needs a domestic pacer to reduce the workload of Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell MC Clenaghan though the duo is quality pacers for the team for several years. The franchise needs to look for a third pacer from the likes of Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Jayadev Unadkat, Barinder Sran, and Vinay Kumar to have a consistent backup pacer.