IPL 2021: 3 teams that can pick Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the auction
Mujeeb was picked by Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2018 for INR 4.0 crores.
Updated - Jan 23, 2021 10:10 am
Mujeeb Ur Rahman was a bright prospect coming out of Afghanistan when he was first picked for Kings XI Punjab in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League. The right-arm spinner was making all kinds of headlines at that point. He was bought by KXIP and had an instant impact on the league.
In 11 matches, he picked up 14 wickets and was doing what Rashid Khan was doing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, tying down the batsmen with his mystery spin. From that point, everyone would have expected the young man to have a great IPL career.
However, that didn’t happen as after a few bad outings in the 2019 season, Punjab decided to do away with the spinner. They dropped him from the XI and in the 2020 season, he wasn’t even their first-choice spinner.
Ahead of the 2021 IPL auction, Mujeeb was released by the Kings XI, which now means he can be picked by any other franchise if they want to add him to their arsenal. For someone who has a superb track record in T20 leagues and international cricket, Mujeeb will definitely attract some buyers.
Here are the 3 teams that should bid for Mujeeb Ur Rahman:
1. Rajasthan Royals
The franchise from Jaipur has made some big changes to their side. One of them being, Steve Smith getting released from the side. The Australian was the captain of the team, which will be led by Sanju Samson now. Apart from that, Rajasthan have released some other overseas players, which has created three spots in the overseas column.
When it comes to spinners, they already have Rahul Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal in the side, but an addition of a quality overseas spinner will just strengthen their side. In addition to that, Mujeeb is an expert T20 bowler who can bowl at any stage of the game, which makes him a steal in a T20 side.
If the IPL happens in India, the pitch in Jaipur will also support the way Mujeeb bowls. In that situation, a solid spin bowling attack is something the Royals would love to possess. The fact that Tewatia can also bat makes him a little more viable and allows the Royals to go in for a three spinners attack as well.