Fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile is not surprised that the Mumbai Indians have released him ahead of the auction for the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Mumbai Indians has 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.
Nathan Coulter-Nile’s snub comes because of multiple factors; his price of 8 crores from last season being the major reason. Just hours before the auction, the pacer was playing for the Melbourne Stars against the Melbourne Renegades in the ongoing Big Bash League in Australia.
I was expecting that was going to happen: Nathan Coulter-Nile
He conceded 19 runs in the 19th over as Renegades won the run-chase. Coulter-Nile also has had injury issues in his career; he missed few games for the Stars owing to an injury. Hence, these factors culminated in him being released by the IPL champions, despite the speedster returning figures of 2/29 in the IPL 2020 final against Delhi Capitals.
Nathan Coulter-Nile played 7 matches for MI in the UAE and managed to pick only 5 wickets. He and his compatriot, James Pattinson were rotated as the third seamer in the line-up to support Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult.
The 33-year-old says that he is not surprised by being dropped by the 5-time champions. Coulter-Nile wishes to get another IPL contract as he is not in the scheme of the national team. He last featured for Australia in the 2019 World Cup.
“Yep, that was good, Just got smacked in the 19th [over], get off the field and get told I’m being flicked, get the email. I was expecting that was going to happen, they paid overs for me, so I thought that was going to happen. Hopefully, I can get picked up again this year. I’ve got nothing else on so hopefully I can get to the IPL,” Nathan Coulter-Nile told Espncricinfo.
“I’ve not even thought about it, I don’t think I’m in the mix at all. It’s just reading between the lines I think. I haven’t played for Australia in two years or something. So, I think I can just work it out myself,” the pacer added.