Dynamic left-hand batsman Ishan Kishan penned down an emotional note thanking Mumbai Indians, and its fans for their support after the franchise released him.
The 5-time champions on Tuesday announced their retentions ahead of IPL 2022 mega-auction: Rohit Sharma (16 cr), Jasprit Bumrah (12 cr), Suryakumar Yadav (8 cr), Kieron Pollard (6 cr) have been retained.
Hardik and Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Trent Boult, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar – all of whom have been instrumental in their success of recent years – were released.
Ishan Kishan played 45 for Mumbai since joining them in 2018, scoring 1133 runs at a strike rate of 138. Through his spectacular performances for MI, he was given his T20I and ODI debuts for India and made into India’s T20 World Cup squad.
The 23-year-old took to his social media handles to talk about his growth as a cricketer and a person during his time at MI.
“It’s been a journey that’s changed my life, professionally and personally. I’ve made friendships, grown as a player, person and I’m always grateful for the experience,” Ishan Kishan wrote on Twitter.
“Thank you to everyone at @mipaltan for all the love, support, and the memories And to the amazing fans, thank you for everything,” he added.
— Ishan Kishan (@ishankishan51) December 1, 2021
There’s still a chance we will get a lot of them back – Zaheer Khan
The two new franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad – have the option to pick players from the released pool as well as from the other available players.
Mumbai Indians’ Director of Cricket Operations, Zaheer Khan, stated that it was a tough decision to let these players go but stressed that the franchise will look to buy them back if they are available in the mega-auction.
“It has been an emotional time for us. You look at the positives of it. A lot of players started their journey here, groomed themselves in the best possible scenario. A lot of them have represented their country, so that’s what you feel proud about,” Zaheer Khan told Cricbuzz.
“It’s not the end of the road. There’s still a chance we will get a lot of them back, so that’s the way we look at it,” he added.
Lucknow and Ahmedabad have been given the deadline of December 25 to finalize their three picks ( 2 Indians, 1 overseas).