Mumbai Indians is one of the most successful and popular teams in the IPL. They have won the IPL title five times in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020 years. MI also won the Champions League Twenty20 twice in 2011 and 2013 years.
Mumbai Indians have a strong and loyal fan base, who are known as the Paltan (meaning army).
Let’s check out MI’s Retained and Released players ahead of the IPL 2024.
Why MI Retained 17 Players Ahead of the IPL 2024?
Mumbai Indians wanted to keep their core group intact and build on their success from the previous seasons 2023. Mumbai Indians have won five IPL titles, the most by any team. And have a strong and balanced squad that can adapt to any conditions.
Some of the key players that Mumbai Indians retained are:
Mumbai Indians are currently led by Rohit Sharma, who is the most successful captain in the IPL with five titles. He is also the leading run-scorer for the team with 5435 runs in 207 matches.
The spearhead of the Mumbai Indians bowling attack and one of the best death bowlers in the world. He has taken 115 wickets in 99 matches for Mumbai Indians, economy rate of 7.41 and a strike rate of 19.65. He was the second-highest wicket-taker in IPL 2023 with 27 wickets in 15 matches at an average of 14.81 and an economy rate of 6.73.
The backbone of the Mumbai Indians batting line-up and one of the most consistent performers in the IPL. He has scored 2330 runs in 101 matches for Mumbai Indians, an average of 31.48 and a strike rate of 136.58. He was the third-highest run-scorer for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023 with 480 runs in 15 matches at an average of 40 and a strike rate of 145.45.
The wicket-keeper batsman and the explosive finisher for Mumbai Indians. He has scored 1211 runs in 51 matches for Mumbai Indians, an average of 28.83 and a strike rate of 144.01. He also holds the record for the most sixes in a single IPL innings with 11 against Delhi Capitals in 2020.
These are some of the reasons why Mumbai Indians retained 17 players in the team.
- They have a strong and experienced core that can challenge any team in the IPL.
- They also have some young and talented players who can provide depth and variety to the squad.
- Mumbai Indians are one of the favorites to win the IPL 2024 title.
- It is common for franchises to retain players who have performed well in the previous season and have the potential to contribute to the team’s success in the future.
Why MI Retained Hardik Pandya in the IPL 2024?
Hardik Pandya is one of the best all-rounders in the world. He has a strong connection with the franchise. Hardik Pandya played for Mumbai Indians from 2015 to 2021 and was part of four of their five title-winning leagues.
He also expressed his interest to return to his former team a few months before the retention deadline. Mumbai Indians agreed to pay Rs 15 crore to Gujarat Titans. Who had retained Hardik Pandya on the retention deadline day, to complete the trade.
Mumbai Indians Traded Cameron Green to RCB
Mumbai Indians traded Cameron Green to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 17.5 crore to free up the funds for Hardik Pandya. Hardik Pandya is also tipped to be the next Mumbai Indians captain. But there is no confirmation if he will replace Rohit Sharma as the skipper in the 2024 season.
MI Traded for Romario Shepherd from LSG
Romario Shepherd is a West Indies all-rounder who can hit the deck with the ball and smash sixes with the bat. Mumbai Indians traded Romario Shepherd from Lucknow Super Giants for his base price of Rs 50 lakh for IPL 2024. Because they wanted to strengthen their bowling department and add more depth to their lower order.
Lucknow Super Giants had retained him on the retention deadline day. But agreed to trade him to Mumbai Indians as they had enough options in the all-rounder category.
Mumbai Indians Retained Players
|Surya Kumar Yadav
|Kumar Kartikeya Singh
|Romario Shepherd (T)
Why MI Released 11 Players Ahead of the IPL 2024 Auction?
Mumbai Indians wanted to make some changes in their squad and create more space in their purse.
Some of the possible reasons for releasing these players are:
The most expensive buys for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023, costing them Rs 16.25 crore. However, he missed the entire season due to an elbow injury and was replaced by Chris Jordan. He also had a surgery on his right elbow in October 2023 and his recovery is uncertain. Mumbai Indians might have felt that he was too risky and costly to retain.
Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, and Duan Jansen
These three fast bowlers were also bought by Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023. But they failed to impress with their performances. Richardson and Meredith were part of the Punjab Kings squad in IPL 2021. Where they leaked runs at an economy rate of over 10.
Jansen played only four matches for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023 and took three wickets at an economy rate of 9.25. Mumbai Indians might have decided to release them and look for better options in the auction.
Tristan Stubbs, Raghav Goyal, Hrithik Shokeen, and Arshad Khan
These four young players were part of the Mumbai Indians development squad and did not get a chance to play in IPL 2023. Mumbai Indians might have felt that they did not fit into their plans and released them to give them an opportunity to play for other teams.
Chris Jordan, Sandeep Warrier, and Ramandeep Singh
These three players were replacement signings for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023 and did not have a long-term contract with the franchise. Jordan and Warrier played only one match each and did not take any wickets. Ramandeep Singh did not play any match. Mumbai Indians might have released them to free up some slots in their squad.
Mumbai Indians Released Players
|Mohd. Arshad Khan
Mumbai Indians Staff and Coach for IPL 2024
Head coach: Mark Boucher, a former South African wicket-keeper batsman and coach.
Batting coach: Kieron Pollard, a West Indian all-rounder and the current captain of Mumbai Indians.
Bowling coach: Lasith Malinga, a Sri Lankan fast bowler and the leading wicket-taker in IPL history. He won four titles with Mumbai Indians as a player.
Fielding coach: Jonty Rhodes, a former South African batsman and one of the best fielders of all time.
Other staff: Sachin Tendulkar (icon), Zaheer Khan (global head of cricket development), James Pamment (fielding coach), J Arun Kumar (batting coach assistant).
Mumbai Indians retained 17 players and released 11 players ahead of IPL 2024 auction. So, MI have 8 available slots.
Hardik Pandya comes back to Mumbai Indians ahead of the IPL 2024. MI traded for Romario Shepherd from Lucknow Super Giants. MI traded Cameron Green to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
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