IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians release 12 players from their squad

IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians release 12 players from their squad

Mumbai Indians have Rs 13.05 crore in their purse now.

Evin Lewis
Evin Lewis of Mumbai Indians in action. (Photo by Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

Mumbai Indians (MI) have released as many as seven players from their squad which won the trophy in the previous season. The Rohit Sharma-led side have let go of the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting Evin Lewis, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff, Barinder Sran and Pankaj Jaiswal. They now have Rs 13.05 crore in their purse with the auction set to take place on December 19.

Releasing Yuvraj was expected after he retired from all forms of the game earlier this year. The southpaw didn’t play many games in the last season. Ben Cutting too didn’t get many chances and played only three matches. He scored only 18 runs with the bat while was used with the ball only for a couple of overs.

A major release from the squad Evin Lewis who holds the reputation of scoring big and fast. Mumbai Indians had bought the Caribbean swashbuckler for Rs 3.8 crore in the IPL. But he played only three matches scoring 48 runs with the bat.

Mumbai Indians can pick 7 more players in the auction

Jason Behrendorff has been injury prone and missed the last season as well which led to him being released it seems. Barinder Sran was too expensive in the two matches he played and conceded runs at an economy of 12.75. His release was on the cards after the franchise drafted in Trent Boult from the Delhi Capitals in the trading window.

The four-time champions also traded Siddhesh Lad to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) just before the window was closed. They had signed Alzarri Joseph as Behrendorff during the IPL earlier this year who will also go back into the auction again. Mumbai Indians can now pick seven more players including two foreign cricketers in the auction.

The team has retained its core players as usual and will be hoping to build the squad around them. 11 players pick themselves already and it is only a question of having proper backups for them if they are not available for some or the other reason. It will be interesting to see whom they go for during the auction next month.

Released Players list by MI: Yuvraj Singh, Evin Lewis, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff, Barinder Sran, Ben Cutting, Pankaj Jaiswal, Alzarri Joseph and Beuran Hendricks (Injury replacements), Rasikh Salam(Banned for Age fudging), Mayank Markande and Siddhesh Lad (Traded out).