5 Players Mumbai Indians might release ahead of next season

5 Players Mumbai Indians might release ahead of next season

These five players might go into the auction for the IPL 2021.

Jayant Yadav
Jayant Yadav. (Photo: IANS)

The defending champions, Mumbai Indians, have been relentless in IPL 2020. They have played some awe-inspiring cricket over the last seven weeks. And it is the reason why they ended up at top of the table in the league stages of the 13th edition of this cash-rich tournament. In this season Mumbai has shaped up a unit that has been one of their best in all these years. And it is because they have game-changers throughout their line-up.

Even their back-up options have looked a class apart from the others. With that being said, the team should have a close look at their squad before the next season. They have a few players who don’t fit into their plans. So now, for the benefit of both parties, they should be released as soon as possible. They might be match-winners in their own right, but they might not enjoy their IPL sojourn if they continue with this Mumbai side.

Here is the list of 5 players whom Mumbai Indians should release ahead of IPL 2021 :

1) Nathan Coulter-Nile

Nathan Coulter-Nile
Nathan Coulter-Nile. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

With two fast bowlers taking more than 20 wickets apiece, it is Mumbai’s pace attack, which has been the driving force behind their success in this season. It’s not surprising considering the presence of a couple of best pacers of this generation, Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult in their line-up. Furthermore, they have also found an unexpected ally in the form of James Pattinson, who has done well in his debut IPL season.

The cohesion of the trio has even kept a T20 veteran like Mitchell McClenaghan in the dug-out. Besides, the likes of Dhawal Kulkarni and Mohsin Khan are also waiting in the wings. Hence, looking at the balance in their pace department, it is clear that they might not need the services of their most expensive buy in the 2020 auctions, Nathan Coulter-Nile in the next season.

Though the Australian has scalped three wickets in his 5 appearances in IPL 2020, he hasn’t lived up to his price tag of 8 crores. At first, Coulter Nile was expected to start the season, but a side strain kept him on the sidelines. And that’s what Mumbai should be wary of, as he has a long history of injuries. So it is wise that they release him before the next edition, as the franchise can use that amount to buy a few youngsters to build the side for the future.