IPL 2024 Auction: "Hardik Pandya Can’t Be Handed..." - Aakash Chopra Feels MI Nailed The Auction

Updated - 20 Dec 2023, 12:16 AM

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Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra named the team who according to him nailed the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 auction. The cricketer-turned-commentator believes that five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) had a great day and they picked the best players.

The IPL 2024 auction came to an end and all the teams had a great outing in the event. Dubai’s Coca-Cola arena saw some records being broken and there was a lot of money being spent.

In what was a busy day for all cricket fraternity, Mumbai Indians silently chipped in and got the balance they needed for the IPL 2024. They opened their account when they picked Gerald Coetzee in what was a staggering pick.

The Ambani-owned franchise acquired the services of Gerald Coetzee for INR 5 crores. It was a great steal for them because the rest of the team was busy picking big names in Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. They silently chipped in and bagged the Proteas bowler without even spending a big amount of money.

After that, Mumbai Indians brought Sri Lanka’s pace bowling duo of Dilshan Madushanka for INR 5 crore and Nuwan Thushara for INR INR 4.8 crore. Going into the auction, they had worries in the spin department and they ended that staggeringly well. They brought Shreyas Gopal for INR 20 lakhs alongside Mohammad Nabi for INR 1.5 crore.

The five-time champions also brought in young Indian players in Naman Dhir, Anshul Kamboj and Shivalik Sharma. Overall they spent INR 16.70 crore and brought as many as 8 players to fill their squad.

Aakash Chopra highlighted how Mumbai Indians had a great outing in the IPL 2024 auction. He said that new captain Hardik Pandya will have the best team in his maiden stint as leader of the team. Taking to his Twitter account, he explained:

“MI has nailed the auction. Got lucky with Coetzee that nobody went really high. Had the money to buy more fast bowling options courtesy that steal-deal. Hardik can’t be handed over a better team to bring glory to his new franchise.”

IPL 2024 Auction: Mumbai Indians (MI) Full Squad, Players Retained, Players Brought At Auction

Mumbai Indians filled a total of 25 players out of which 8 are overseas. Here is the full squad for the IPL 2024:

Rohit Sharma, Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, N. Tilak Varma, Tim David, Vishnu Vinod, Arjun Tendulkar, Shams Mulani, Nehal Wadhera, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal, Jason Behrendorff, Romario Shepherd, Hardik Pandya (c), Gerald Coetzee, Dilshan Madushanka, Shreyas Gopal, Nuwan Thushara, Naman Dhir, Anshul Kamboj, Mohammad Nabi, Shivalik Sharma.

Players Brought By Mumbai Indians at IPL 2024 Auction: 

Gerald Coetzee (Rs. 5 crore), Dilshan Madushanka (Rs. 4.60 crore), Shreyas Gopal (Rs. 20 lakh), Nuwan Thushara (Rs. 4.80 crore), Naman Dhir (Rs. 20 lakh), Anshul Kamboj (Rs. 20 lakh), Mohammad Nabi (Rs. 1.5 crore), Shivalik Sharma (Rs. 20 lakh).

Player Retained By Mumbai Indians Ahead Of IPL 2024: 

Rohit Sharma, Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, N. Tilak Varma, Tim David, Vishnu Vinod, Arjun Tendulkar, Shams Mulani, Nehal Wadhera, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal, Jason Behrendorff, Romario Shepherd (Traded from LSG), Hardik Pandya (Traded from GT).

Even after buying 8 players in the IPL 2024 Auction, Mumbai Indians have a purse of INR 1.5 crore. However, they can’t fill slots anymore.

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