IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians hold trials for two Hyderabad players
The IPL teams have to release the list of retained and released player by November 16.
Updated - Oct 26, 2018 2:43 pm
The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played early next year because of the ICC World Cup and already, moves are being made to set things in order ahead of the auction which is likely to be held in mid-December. The Mumbai Indians (MI) on Monday saw two Hyderabad players joining their trials, hinting at their decision to zero in on players who they look forward to rope in.
According to a report, the two players that the former champions called for the trials are Bavanaka Sandeep and Chama Milind. While the former is a left-handed batsman who has featured in 45 first-class, 41 List A and 24 T20 matches, the latter has been a U19 player and a member of India’s U19 World Cup team in the 2014 edition played in the United Arab Emirates. Milind has also been a member of the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils squads in the IPL but is yet to make debut in the T20 league.
Shikhar Dhawan to join MI?
Meanwhile, a Mumbai Mirror report suggested that MI could rope in ace Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, who currently plays for the Sunrisers for he is reportedly unhappy with the side and wants to exit. If Dhawan indeed lands in the MI ranks, then the franchise will see the reputed Team India opening partners in the limited-overs cricket, Rohit Sharma and Dhawan, doing the duty for them in near future.
Rohit is the captain of the MI and has led the side to three IPL titles, a feat which is matched only by Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Though it is yet to be confirmed officially, it could be known soon as the window of transfer will shut on November 16. MI have also taken South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock from the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who had purchased the cricketer for Rs 2.80 crore in 2018. As an effect, MI released Bangladeshi Mustafizur Rahman and Sri Lankan Akila Dhananjaya from the squad.