Mumbai Indians had been one of the strongest IPL teams over the years. The franchise had a bad start to the IPL from 2008 but came to build a strong foundation of quality players over the players. Rohit Sharma is the one who has led to Mumbai to five IPL titles.
To say that the retention was the toughest for the Mumbai Indians wouldn’t be false. MI had the likes of Boult, Pandya Brothers, and Ishan Kishan who have given incredible performances over the years for the franchise. The franchise retained Sharma, Bumrah, Pollard, and Surya Kumar Yadav.
The MI captain said that it was “heartbreaking” as Mumbai Indians were unable to hold on to many players. The franchises were allowed a maximum of four players to retain. During the IPL retention program which happened on 30th November, Rohit said to the host broadcaster that the retention was the toughest for the MI side as they had “gun players” in their squad and that it was heart-breaking to not able to retain them.
The retention price in the case of four players were 16, 12, 8, and 6 crores to the 1st,2nd,3rd, and 4th player respectively. “As you all know, it was going to be the toughest retention for Mumbai Indians this year. We have had solid players, absolutely gun players in our squad and to release them is absolutely heart-breaking,” Rohit said during the program.
MI was unable to retain Boult, Pandya Brothers, and Ishan Kishan and the franchise will be keen to get most of its players back to the squad in the mega-auction that is likely to be held in the second or third week of January next year.
“The immediate goal is to form a solid team and that will start at the auction. We’ll keep an eye on who we can get in the auction, find the right spot for the right players,” Rohit elaborated during the program.
Daniel Vettori believed that it was the money factor which is why Pandya was not retained by the franchise. Rohit Sharma and Bumrah were the expected top two retention choices. Hardik would have to agree to Rs 8 crores if he was to be retained by the franchise.It is likely that Mumbai Indians will go for Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan in the auctions.
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