Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen criticized Mumbai Indians for messing up at the IPL 2022 mega auction and weakening their bowling so much by not retaining Trent Boult ahead of the event. MI has not had the greatest start to the IPL 2022 season as they have lost all seven matches they have played this far.
In the ongoing tournament, MI has lost to Delhi Capitals (DC), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Punjab Kings (PBKS), Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), and defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and as a result are on the bottom-most spot in the points table.
Mumbai Indians Seem To Have Had Their Soul Ripped Out At The Mega Auction: Kevin Pietersen
The veteran has criticized MI’s mega auction strategy saying that the five-time champions had their souls ripped apart in the mega auction. MI had retained four players ahead of the IPL 2022 auction- captain Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, and Suryakumar Yadav.
Then in the IPL 2022 mega auction, MI splurged INR 15.25 crores on Ishan Kishan, INR 8 crores on Jofra Archer, who is not playing in IPL 2022, and the same amount on Tim David.
“Mumbai seems to have had their soul ripped out at the mega auction. Lots of the star players that made them what they are have left and they have made a horrible start to the competition,” KP wrote in his column with Betway Insider.
He also said that he didn’t understand why MI went for injured Jofra Archer instead of buying back Trent Boult. While Archer had announced he will not play in IPL 2022, Kishan has not done as expected after scoring 81 and 54 in the first two matches of the tournament.
“They say that batters win you sponsorships and bowlers win you premierships. I just can’t understand why Mumbai has weakened their bowling so much by using up a spot on an injured Jofra Archer and letting Trent Boult go elsewhere. Left-arm seamers are such a valuable commodity in the shorter form of the game because of the different angles and Boult is as good as it gets. He’s world-class,” he added.
MI will next take on the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in their next match of IPL 2022, which will be played at the iconic Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on April 24 (Sunday).