5 times Mumbai Indians (MI) overspent on their players in IPL Auction history

Be it Indian or overseas players, MI have one of the best team management and scouts.

Krunal Pandya (Photo: IANS)

Mumbai Indians (MI) may be the most successful team in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with four titles. But it is their scouting team that has done a fabulous job through the years. Season after season, they have unearthed some absolute gems and world-class players. Be it Indian or overseas players, MI have one of the best team management and scouts.

Thus, over the years, Mumbai Indians (MI) have never been a side that goes over the board and spends big on players in the auction. You hardly see them around in the most expensive players’ bracket. However, there have been times when they did overspend on certain players.

Here are five players on whom MI have overspent in the history of the IPL auctions:

1. Glenn Maxwell ($1,000,000) – 2013

Glenn Maxwell (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

It was in 2012 that Glenn Maxwell made his IPL debut as he turned out to play for Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals). However, he was called in as a replacement player for Travis Birt. He played just two games and barely had any impact.

But in 2013, he made headlines in the IPL auction as he became IPL’s latest ‘million-dollar baby’. The Australian all-rounder was the most expensive player in the auction as he was bought for $1,000,000 by Mumbai Indians (MI). There was a massive buzz around him in the leadup to the 2013 season as well.

There was no use of paying Maxwell such a hefty amount as MI barely made him play. Maxwell played a mere three games in the entire season as MI went on to lift their maiden IPL title. The Victorian all-rounder scored 36 runs and bowled just two overs in that season.


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