3 Players Whom Mumbai Indians Should Buy In IPL 2020 Auctions

Updated - 16 Nov 2019, 06:28 PM

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians became the IPL champions for the fourth time last season. (Credits: Twitter)

Mumbai Indians are the most successful franchise in the Indian Premier League. Previously, they were behind Chennai Super Kings in terms of most honours won in the lucrative tournament. Nonetheless, the gentleman’s game saw the darkest phase when CSK were involved in illegal betting activities due to which, they were handed a two-year ban from the game.

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In this gap, Rohit Sharma & Co utilised the opportunity to better effect and turned out to be potential title contenders. When CSK returned to IPL in full swing in 2018, they won their third title and equalled Mumbai Indians in terms of most titles won. However, Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2019 final to win the fourth title and once again occupied the top spot in the list of most titles won.

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Mumbai Indians. Credit: BCCI

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The defending champions have their first team sorted out with just a few slots remaining to fill. They have retained 16 players and released 7 players. Mumbai Indians only have a few spots to fill and will go to the auctions in Kolkata on December 19 in a bid to rope in quality players to strengthen their squads.

We at Cricket Addictor will take a look at the three players whom Mumbai Indians should buy in the IPL 2020 auctions:

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1. Chris Morris

Chris Morris, Delhi Capitals
Chris Morris celebrates with Kagiso Rabada (Credits – Twitter)

Ben Cutting was roped in by the Mumbai Indians for a price of Rs. 2.2 crore in the IPL 2018 auctions. Mumbai Indians wanted a long-term replacement for Kieron Pollard and which is why they showed interest in Cutting. However, the Australian all-rounder hardly announced his arrival with tough competition from supreme all-rounders like Pandya brothers, and Kieron Pollard.

Now that Ben Cutting has been released by Mumbai Indians, there is a distinct possibility that the defending champions might show interest to purchase another all-rounder. The all-rounder from South Africa, Chris Morris can be a suitable buy for the defending champions. The South African was released by Delhi Capitals and can be a lethal all-round weapon for Rohit Sharma & Co. He is known for his big-hitting skills and can be a handy option with the ball too.

Chris Morris was pretty decent during his stint with Delhi Capitals. He found stable ground when he showcased his mettle with the ball than the bat. Although he could garner only 32 runs in the 9 games he had played but managed to pick up 13 wickets and he tried to be economical by bowling pin-point yorkers in the slog overs.

2. Sheldon Cottrell

Sheldon Cottrell
Sheldon Cottrell performs his iconic celebration. (Credits: Twitter)

In the previous mega IPL auction, Mumbai Indians purchased left-arm seamer Barinder Sran for a price of Rs 3.4 crore. He was given only 2 opportunities to prove himself but he didn’t. The Punjab-born fast bowler couldn’t weave the magic as he went wicketless in both the matches he had played.

As a result, the franchise has released Sran from the team and during the upcoming IPL auction, they can go for Sheldon Cottrell who is a fast bowler of top quality. His base price is INR 50 lakh.

The promising fast bowler from West Indies hit the headlines when he bagged 17 wickets in a four-day domestic tournament in the 2012-13 season and then went on to represent the national team. He is strong and muscular and has the ability to bowl at a brisk pace. His left-arm angle provides a new dimension to the bowling attack.

The newcomer is gradually taking strides to establish himself as one of the greatest bowlers. He has played 17 matches in T20Is and has accounted for 25 dismissals, registering his career-best bowling figures of 4/28 against Bangladesh. In the recently-concluded T20I match against Afghanistan, Cottrell was quite economical with the ball, giving away only 5 runs in 2 overs and returned with 1 wicket to his name.

3. Yashasvi Jaiswal

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Yashasvi Jaiswal (Credits – MenXP)

Evin Lewis, who was a regular starter for Mumbai Indians in his debut season in IPL 2018, hardly made a difference in 2019. He got only limited opportunities and couldn’t break into the team more than three times. He was warming the bench in IPL 2019. Lewis was purchased by the franchise for INR 3.8 crore.

Yashasvi Jaiswal is considered as the next big thing in Indian cricket. For him, cricket runs in his veins and blood because he has even skipped exams to shine on the cricket field. The young prospect will be on Mumbai Indians’ radar without the shadow of any doubt.

He currently plied his trade for India Under-19s and Mumbai. Last month, he became the youngest cricketer in the world to smash a List A double century.


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