The defending champions Mumbai Indians had a lot of big names on the roster to choose from. What was the problem? That they had a lot of big names to choose from! The franchise had to make some tough choices as stars like Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga have been with the team from the very first season. They have not only performed exceptionally for the side but have also taken over the role of mentors on various occasions. However, in the mid-30s, these players don’t make the best of the assets. Result? Mumbai Indians opt for young talent who can help them dominate the league for the next three years.
The local boy Rohit Sharma who has led the side to three titles has been retained. The Indian vice-captain has been in brilliant form recently and this could be his best ever IPL season. The second player retained by Mumbai Indians is Hardik Pandya. Another name which is rather a surprise is Jasprit Bumrah.
Had Mumbai Indians opted to retain an uncapped player, another Rs 3 crore would have been deducted from its purse which meant they would have had Rs 4 crore more in their wallet.
However, this also means that Mumbai Indians have to let go Krunal Pandya who is not only India’s but also one of world’s best fast-bowler in the shortest format of the game.
Here is the IPL 2018 retained players MI: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.
A number of other stars like Ambati Rayudu, Jos Buttler, Tim Southee and Karn Sharma will also go back to the auction along with the highly-talented Nitish Rana who was at his best last season. Will Mumbai be able to replace these players successfully, is something to really look forward to.