Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former India batsman Aakash Chopra has picked the two players who he feels are the obvious choices for Mumbai Indians to retain ahead of the upcoming mega IPL auction. They are skipper Rohit Sharma and pacer Jasprit Bumrah.

Two new teams will be added from next season. However, assuming only two retentions per team is allowed. Aakash Chopra believes Sharma and Bumrah are the must-have picks for the 5-time champions.

Sharma has brought all the IPL glory MI while Bumrah remains one of the best fast bowlers in the world. Other players who Mumbai can use the Right To Match card could be Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Kieron Pollard.

Rohit Sharma Jasprit Bumrah Hardik Pandya
Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya were retained in the previous mega-auction. Image-Mumbai Indians/Facebook

“The two obvious names Mumbai Indians should retain are Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. You can also think of Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Kieron Pollard. However, Sharma and Bumrah should be the two biggest retentions as franchises can only keep a couple of players ahead of the mega auction,” Aakash Chopra said in his YouTube video.

Rajasthan needs to press the reboot button: Aakash Chopra

Next, Aakash Chopra spoke about the Rajasthan Royals’ surprising selections made in the last few games. Sanju Samson’s team was eliminated on Thursday.

They leave the tournament with two embarrassing losses: they were bowled out for 90 versus Mumbai and for 85 against Kolkata. Aakash Chopra believes RR need to revamp their squad before the mega-auction.

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“Rajasthan needs to press the reboot button as I’m baffled by the selections. They first played Mayank Markande, then Shreyas Gopal, dropped Gopal, involved Anuj Rawat, before that played Akash Singh and threw Kuldip Yadav into the mix, and before that featured Jaydev Unadkat. Thus, it’s beyond my understanding to see these many changes,” the 44-year-old commentator exclaimed.

Mumbai Indians will play their last league game on Friday, against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi.

However, they have an almost impossible mathematical equation to climb to reach the playoffs: MI need to win by 171 runs or more and score more than 200 to go past KKR’s net run rate of +0.587.

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