Mumbai Indians retained core team in the current auctions including some new buys like Quinton De Kock, Yuvraj Singh, and Jason Behrendorff. Players including Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, and Ben Cutting are retained by the franchise though they did not do well in the previous season. Here are a few players who have the potential to change the first game against Delhi Capitals on 24th March.
Quinton De Kock might open the game along with Suryakumar Yadav or Evin Lewis. Rohit Sharma will play in the middle order in this season. He played just a few matches as an opener for Mumbai Indians since he began his IPL career though he was a successful opener for the Indian team.
He is an outstanding opener for West Indies and is a part of Mumbai Indians in the previous season. This Caribbean player has the potential to slam high scores within a shorter time duration. Since Quinton De Kock might be rested in the second half of the tournament as a part of world cup preparation, he will get a chance to be a permanent opener throughout the IPL season along with Surya Kumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan. Even if Ishan Kishan plays in the middle order, Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis might open the game to strengthen the top order.
He is one of the formidable all-rounders for Mumbai Indians since many seasons. He is a part of the team since his IPL debut and is just 24 runs away from 2500 IPL runs for Mumbai Indians. Though he did not do well in the previous season, the think tank of the franchise backed him to retain for this season. He is one of the players to slam the highest score after Chris Gayle in T20s. He slammed 9000 runs in his IPL career and played 132 matches for Mumbai Indians. He picked 56 IPL wickets and is an efficient fielder during the hour of the need.
He is one of the elegant players from Australia and slammed 37 runs off 20 balls in a game against Delhi in IPL 2018 along with three sixes. He thrashed 80 runs from 31 balls in Big Bash League and helped out Brisbane Heat to slam 158 runs from 10 overs in one occasion. Though he had a poor season last year, he wants to bounce back in IPL 2019.
He is one of the wises buys by the franchise along with Jason Behrendorff. Since Lasith Malinga and Jason Behrendorff will be rested for the second half of IPL season, Adam Milne will be a crucial pacer when the team looks for an overseas pacer. This young New Zealand pacer played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the previous season. Though the team might go for Mitchell Mc Clenaghan who has plenty of IPL experience, he might not be available for crucial games if he is rested for the world cup preparations. Adam Milne will be a good choice when the team needs an efficient death over bowler.