Defending Champions Mumbai Indians will be starting their campaign in the opening match of the season against the Chennai Super Kings.
Mumbai Indians took the option of retaining three players and went with a 47 crore kitty in the auction.
The Paltans retained their captain Rohit Sharma, along with him Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah were also retained. So it is one of the best core that has been retained by the IPL teams as three of the regular Indian internationals will play a huge part for the Mumbai side.
In the auction, the most expensive buy for them was Krunal Pandya, for whom they paid 8.8 crore and used their Right to Match card. Another former player roped by using the RTM card was Kieron Pollard. They bought Mustafizur Rahman, the Bangladeshi bowling sensation and also roped in Under 19 star Anukul Roy. Pat Cummins, Ben Cutting and JP Duminy are other overseas stars for the Paltans. Jason Behrendorff was initaially bought, but his injury means that Kiwi star Mcclenaghan has replaced him.
Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rehman, Pat Cummins, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, JP Duminy, Mitchell Mcclenaghan, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Sharad Lumba, Siddesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dhananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Nidheesh
Mumbai have retained five of their main crew of the past, but they have lost some as well. Nitish Rana, Harbhajan Singh have exchanged trades while there are some new faces as well. Rana played a big part in their season last term and will be missed, also the current side lack a bit batting power with no such proven international batsmen apart from Rohit Sharma and Duminy. Although they have a good all round section, another place where they have gone thin in the spin department as Krunal Pandya is their sole representative there who has IPL experience.
Bumrah and Rohit Sharma will be a key figure of Mumbai Indians
Anukul Roy is a bright prospect but it has to be sen how the young man copes with the high buzz and pressure situations of IPL. A return of Mitchell Mcclenaghan is definitely a positive though for them as he took 19 wickets for them in the last campaign.