Defending champions Mumbai Indians bought 7 players during IPL 2021 auction. The IPL 2019 and IPL 2020 champions bought pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile for Rs. 5 crore, after releasing him earlier. Mumbai Indians also bought pacer Adam Milne for Rs. 3.2 crore. Piyush Chawla was another big deal for the franchisee, who was bought for Rs. 2.4 crore.
Mumbai Indians’ other deals at IPL 2021 auction were James Neesham for Rs. 50 lakh, Yudhvir Charak for Rs. 20 lakh, Marco Jansen for Rs. 20 lakh and Arjun Tendulkar for Rs. 20 lakh. Ahead of the auction, Mumbai Indians released 7 players out of their squad. They were- Prince Balwant Rai, Digvijay Deshmukh, Lasith Malinga, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Sherfane Rutherford, and Mitchell McCleneghan.
The five-time IPL champions also retained 18 players in their squad. Mumbai Indians is a very strong team in the Indian Premier League and also the most successful ones. Mumbai Indians have few players who are the backbone of the team. These players always perform over-the-top for the team. There are few players whom the team cannot afford to exclude from any game during the tournament. Here we look at 5 such players who will play every match for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: 5 Players From Mumbai Indians Who Will Play Every Game
Rohit Sharma is the most successful skipper in the Indian Premier League as his team Mumbai Indians have won the trophy for a record five times. Rohit Sharma is a star opener everywhere, whether it is domestic cricket or international cricket, limited-overs cricket, or unlimited-overs cricket. Last year, the right-handed batsman Sharma played 12 matches for Mumbai Indians, scoring 332 runs at a strike rate of 127+. Mumbai Indians cannot think of a better opener and skipper than Rohit Sharma at present. In IPL 2021 too, Sharma will lead Mumbai Indians and will be seen in every IPL game that Mumbai Indians play.
With his pace and variations, Jasprit Bumrah has become the backbone of not only Mumbai Indians but the India national team too. The right-arm pacer Bumrah is among the very few international bowlers who become a nightmare for batsmen on the field.
Last year in IPL 2020, Bumrah was the second-most successful bowler after Kagiso Rabada, taking 27 wickets in 15 matches. Bumrah has been part of Mumbai Indians since he debuted in the 2013 season. After the exclusion of Lasith Malinga, Bumrah is the leading bowler for Mumbai Indians. He will be someone who will always be present on the field for Mumbai Indians during IPL 2021.
West Indies cricketer Kieron Pollard is one of the consistent all-rounders in the Indian Premier League. He is a big gemstone for Mumbai, who had played for the team for more than 10 years. In IPL 2020, he played all 16 games for Mumbai scoring 268 runs at a spectacular strike rate of 191+.
Pollard is a marvellous player in the batting, bowling and fielding zone and he is someone Mumbai Indians can bank upon during the game. He also acts as an extra bowler during a game. Pollard is one overseas player who will always be part of the playing 11 for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021.
Hardik Pandya is another player who has become a face for the Mumbai franchise. The Indian all-rounder is among the best all-rounders in the world. Hardik Pandya is someone who excels at all the three departments of cricket- batting, bowling and fielding.
In 14 games he played in IPL 2020, Hardik smashed 281 runs in 13 innings. He had a strike rate of 178+. His high strike rate at the lower middle-order becomes very useful aspect for the team. Mumbai Indians will send him on the field in every game of IPL 2021.
Suryakumar Yadav is another crucial bankable batsman for MI. He is a brilliant middle-order batsman who knows how to handle the batting department. Last season he was the third-most run-scorer for Mumbai – hitting 480 runs in 16 games. He played every match for Mumbai Indians. At the middle-order position, Suryakumar Yadav is a very crucial batsman for Mumbai. Hence, the team will not exclude him from any match in IPL 2021 too.