IPL auction 2018: The Indian Premier League auction 2018 in Bengaluru turned out to be a tricky affair. While most teams were building from the scratch, Mumbai Indians had kept their core intact by retaining captain Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.
IPL auction 2018: The Indian Premier League auction 2018 in Bengaluru turned out to be a tricky affair. While most teams were building from the scratch, Mumbai Indians had kept their core intact by retaining captain Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah. The team went into IPL auction 2018 with two Right to Match (RTM) cards and an aim of signing two of its biggest stars: Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya. In a video posted on its official Facebook page, Mumbai Indians (MI) owners Nita Ambani and her son Akash talked about the team’s strategy going into IPL auction 2018.
Responding to a question about how confident Mumbai were of retaining Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya using the Right to Match (RTM) option, Akash Ambani revealed how nervous he was a night before the high-profile auction. He said that he thought one of these players might slip from Mumbai’s hands.
“You know how I was the night before that. I think we should be honest. We were very nervous. I was very nervous. I thought maybe one of them will slip because you never know the dynamics of an auction but i think we’re incredibly happy,” Akash said.
He added that the team was a lot more confident after signing Kieron Pollard in the very first set of the auction. Akash said that it set the tone for the Mumbai Indians for the rest of the day. Mumbai Indians had retained Kieron Pollard for Rs 5.4 crore using its first RTM card on day 1 of IPL auction 2018.
Right before the first day was about to end, Mumbai Indians also bought Krunal Pandya for Rs 8.8 crore by using its second RTM card, making him the highest paid uncapped player in IPL history. He was purchased by the same outfit two years ago for Rs 2 crore.
Krunal Pandya had scored 37 runs in IPL 2016 and also picked up six wickets in his debut season. He played a more important role in Mumbai Indian’s title win in 2017 by scoring 243 runs and picked up 10 wickets to help his side lift the trophy.