IPL 2023: 5 Players Mumbai Indians will eye to sign in the trading window
The IPL trading window is speculated to open in either November or December. This will be a great chance for Mumbai Indians to fix some gaps in their squad.
Indian Premier League 2022 was full of surprises and Mumbai Indians finishing at the bottom of the table was one of them. The five-time IPL champions struggled throughout the season and could only manage four wins out of 14 games.
The poor showing by the Mumbai Indians at the IPL 2022 Mega Auction was also one of the reasons for their awful campaign. With teams gearing up for the next season, MI have some great opportunities to redeem themselves. The upcoming trading window is a golden chance for the most successful IPL franchise to fill at least one of the gaps in their squad.
Let us look at the players Mumbai Indians will eye to sign in the trading window:
1. Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey is among the prolific run-getters in the history of IPL. The 33-year-old has accumulated 3648 runs in 160 matches at a strike rate of 121.52. Mumbai Indians might look to add the veteran batter to bolster their batting.
MI lacked a solid middle-order player who can shepherd the innings while the stroke makers can take the bowling apart. This role can be done expertly by Manish. The Indian batter’s addition will let the likes of Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma play freely at the top.
Manish played the last season for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and did not enjoy a great outing. He could only manage 88 runs in six games at a strike rate of 110. The ace batter did not get a longer rope due to the resurgence of Deepak Hooda at the top of the order. LSG have their bases covered on the batting front and might look to release the Nainital-born to free up 4.6 Cr. This could be a chance for MI to rope in the right-hand batter.