3 Players each team might retain if mega auction happens in IPL 2021

3 Players each team might retain if mega auction happens in IPL 2021

Teams will have to be careful before zeroing in on the players.

2. Mumbai Indians

Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Yet another top-ranked team on the ladder, which only makes the selection process more convenient. Interestingly, MI is the only franchise that will, in all likelihood, stick with the same group of players it retained ahead of the last mega-auction.

The first of those players being, captain Rohit Sharma. Not much needs to be said about ‘The Hitman’s’ exceptional leadership records- the 4 IPL trophies his cabinet boasts of are solid proof of that.

But what Mumbai will really enjoy about their captain cool, is his improved batting form. Generally a slow starter, Rohit has unleashed one of his most prolific batting forms this season, scoring 260 runs at a solid strike rate of 129.35. Certainly, Hitman fans have a lot to look forward to in the coming editions as well.

Second on the list is MI’s ‘trump-card’ bowler, Jasprit ‘Boom-Boom’ Bumrah. One hardly needs to look beyond their TV screens to make sense of this selection; close to 7 seasons in the tournament, Bumrah still continues to be one of IPL’s finest customers when it comes to bowling fiery yorkers. His stats also back him up well; in each of the preceding 2018, 19, and the ongoing 2020 seasons, Bumrah has scalped more than 15 wickets at an average under 25. Easy pickings.

Swashbuckling all-rounder Hardik Pandya rounds off the list as MI’s final top-retention candidate. Although in recent years, Hardik’s fitness hasn’t been at its peak, which has often limited his utility as a bowler. Despite that issue, his pinch-hitting abilities at any batting position- evidenced by his sensational strike rate of 161.84- makes him an indispensable asset to MI’s long-term plans. Not to mention, his potential to lead the team once Rohit calls time on his career.

Other RTM options: Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav