The Indian Premier League’s 2022 season is just 27 days ahead. With the tournament just around the corner, every team is doing its best to outperform the others.
The Mega Auction 2022 saw a lot of great buys for all the teams.
Furthermore, with the addition of the two new franchises- Lucknow and Ahmedabad, the tournament just got a whole lot better.
The teams had a budget of Rs. 33 crore per team. Most teams spent all on new players, but many spent the pot to retain old ones.
All the teams were given a 25 player limit to the squad. Mumbai Indians were one of the few teams to fill up all 25 spots.
Furthermore, Mumbai Indians made the most expensive purchase for the IPL’ 22 Mega Auction. Ishan Kishan went under the hammer for a whopping Rs. 15.25 crores for the team.
Mumbai Indians Squad
Wicketkeepers: Ishan Kishan, Anmolpreet Singh.
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Tilak Verma, Ramandeep Singh, Rahul Buddhi, Aryan Juyal.
Fast-bowling all-rounders: Daniel Sams, Arjun Tendulkar, Mohammad Arshad Khan.
Spin-bowling all-rounders: Tim David, Dewald Brevis, Sanjay Yadav, Hrithik Shokeen, Fabian Allen.
Spin Bowlers: Mayank Markande, Murugan Ashwin.
Fast bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Basil Thampi, Riley Meredith, Jofra Archer, Tymal Mills.
Overseas players are among the simplest within the league, with important future investments spread across different categories. The pace bowling attack is top-class, with Bumrah protected by Tymal Mills, Riley Meredith, and Daniel Sams. Mumbai has overseas backup players for every slot, making their first choice overseas players very flexible.
Despite the challenges of the mega auction, Mumbai also managed to get back an enormous chunk of their first-choice playing XI from the last few years. Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, and Kieron Pollard were retained, while Ishan Kishan was bought back at a record price to keep the batting group intact. While they added more firepower, Mumbai Indians remain almost like what they were always.
The big area of concern for them is the lack of a frontline Indian fast bowler who can complement Bumrah. They bid too passionately for Avesh Khan, abandoning too many budget options like Kartik Tyagi, Arzan Nagwaswalla, and Darshan Nalkande. Eventually, they had to calm down on Jaydev Unadkat and Basil Thampi with a couple of others for company. Although they made up for the shortage of solid Indian quicks with their stunning overseas buys, Mumbai will rue not have more options in their pockets.
Eye To The Future Strategy
They only got seven players back within the squad and purchased 13 uncapped players gives a touch about how they approached the auction – with an eye fixed on the longer term. However, there’s a gift before the longer term, which is the upcoming IPL 2022 season.
The Mumbai Indians squad doesn’t appear as if a typical MI lineup for this season. With several new players and unknown entities, Mumbai relies heavily on the highest three – Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, and Suryakumar Yadav.
Jasprit Bumrah will lead the bowling attack, and Mumbai possesses Tymal Mills to support him, but the third pacer position will be difficult. Jaydev Unadkat is an option, but his addition alongside Bumrah and Mills will make the attack one-dimensional.
The one for the longer term is Jofra Archer. Mumbai is banking on the Bumrah-Archer duo to line the stage ablaze from the 2023 season. However, Archer is an injury-prone bowler yet to form his comeback in cricket.
An Interesting pick for Mumbai is U19 star Dewald Brevis, who will be at the number four position except that a foreign spot will need to tend up, if he is played.
Mumbai Indians are the most successful IPL franchise since 14 seasons. With the addition of the two new teams, will that dominance continue?
Moreover, will the Mumbai Indians be able to win the IPL 2022?