Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan. Image-Times Now

Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan believes that Mumbai Indians should retain Ishan Kishan ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction. The BCCI has set the deadline of November 30 for the teams to finalize their retentions.

The 5-time champions have a conundrum regarding their retentions. While skipper Rohit Sharma and pacer Jasprith Bumrah are the two certain choices, and overseas star Kieron Pollard is likely to be retained.

But for the fourth choice, MI have to choose between Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan.

Irfan Pathan opts for the left-hander to be retained. He reckons that the 23-year-old batsman, who was part of India’s T20 world cup squad, has already shown what he’s capable of and that he will have a long career going forward.

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan (Image: IPL/Twitter)

“Rohit Sharma number one, Jasprith Bumrah number two, number, number three Kieron Pollard and number 4, I’m very clear on that, Ishan Kishan. He’s 23-years-old and has shown glimpses of what he can do and achieve,” Irfan Pathan said while speaking on Star Sports.

“He’s a solid hitter when it comes to having a left-hand batsman at the top of the order and you can definitely invest in him because he will have at least 10 years of a good level of cricket. So Ishan Kishan.”

I would go for Chahal as well as Siraj for RCB: Irfan Pathan

As far as the Royal Challengers Bangalore are concerned, apart from Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell, Irfan Pathan would retain leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and pacer Mohammed Siraj, leaving out emerging opener Devdutt Paddikal and IPL 2021’s purple cap winner, Harshal Patel.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj
Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj. Image-Twitter

“Obviously, when it comes to the auction, they’ll be looking for a leader, that’s one thing for sure. The guys who I think will look for retention, Virat Kohli number one, for sure. Maxwell number two. 

“I think the two other guys who I would like to see get retained, because it’s slightly tricky, one because you have guys like Devdutt Paddikal, Chahal, Mohammed Siraj as well as Harshal Patel, who’s been a Purple Patel for them, so he’s been a consistent performer.

“So, out of those four, I would go for Chahal as well as Siraj. He can give you the new ball and he can give you those yorkers as well at the same time,” the commentator explained his choice.

After the 8 current franchises have announced their retentions, the two new franchises – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – will get their picks from the pool of all the players. The IPL 2022 is reported to start on April 2 next year in Chennai.

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