In a heartfelt tweet, left-arm fast bowler, Mitchell McClenaghan has thanked the Mumbai Indians (MI) as their 6-year partnership came to an end – supposedly, he could be bought back – after the franchise released him ahead of the forthcoming auction for the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
On Wednesday, Mumbai Indians announced their released and retained players. From the title-winning squad of last season, they have released all but Trent Boult from their overseas fast bowling contingent.
Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, and Mitchell McClenaghan are being offloaded while veteran pacer, Lasith Malinga has retired from franchise cricket.
Youngsters, Sherfane Rutherford, Prince Balwant Rai, and Digvijay Deshmukh have also been released back into the auction pool by the defending champions.
Amazing journey over the last 6 years: Mitchell McClenaghan
Mitchell McClenaghan first played for the Nita Ambani-owned franchise in 2015. Picking 18 wickets in his first season; 17,19, and 14 in the next three. However, his form dropped and managed just 3 wickets in 2019. The pacer remained on the bench for the entire IPL 2020. And now he is released, it ends his 6-year journey with MI.
Mumbai can always buy him back or can replace someone if injured with McClenaghan – the Kiwi replaced Jason Behrendorff in IPL 2018 when the Australian got injured.
The 34-year-old took to Twitter to thank the franchise for the experiences he had. He thanked the owners for their support, the staff, and the fans. McClenaghan also jokingly suggests that he could once again be back in the gold and blue jersey.
“What an amazing journey over the last 6 years. Grateful for some amazing experiences, lifelong friendships and Big thanks to the @mipaltan owners, management and staff to all the @mipaltan fans, I will miss you a lot It’s a See you later, not a goodbye,” he tweeted.
What an amazing journey over the last 6 years.
Grateful for some amazing experiences, lifelong friendships and ?????
Big thanks to the @mipaltan owners, management and staff ?
? to all the @mipaltan fans, I will miss you a lot ?
It’s a See you later, not a goodbye ? pic.twitter.com/dGa9pqCE93
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) January 21, 2021