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Can Indians in Mumbai implement the new winning model?

All eyes are on the Mumbai Indians to see if they can find the players to help them replicate the success that made them the most legendary team in Indian Premier League history.

With a total salary cap of Rs 90 crore available at the mega auction for each team, the eight franchises were eligible to retain up to 4 players with a maximum of three Indians, two foreign players and two uncapped Indians.

Each of the eight franchises used the player retention option, with Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians opting to retain four players each.

Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad have each retained three players while Punjab Kings have retained two. As a result, PBKS will have the highest wage purse available with Rs 72 crore while Delhi Capitals has the least at Rs 47.50 to use in the mega auction. Mumbai Indians, for their remaining 21 available slots, have Rs 48 crore.

MI have built their success on stability and although they still have four core members, their focus will be on trying to build their best XI first before looking for the other variables.

With no wicket-batter keeper in the mix – MI will be in the market for a big buy or two in that department and then they’ll have their eye on Trent Boult, who has been very successful for them over the past few seasons. Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar was also a key player, but will the team see, perhaps, another bowler?

Yet, since all teams are looking to build teams, MI might not get the players they are looking for and that’s what makes Mega Auctions so interesting. You also need to have your plan B and plan C in place.

Players retained by MI & their values

Player Value
Rohit Sharma Indian Rs 16 billion
Jasprit Bumrah Indian Rs 12 million
Suryakumar Yadav Indian Rs 8 billion
Kieron Pollard Abroad Rs 6 billion

MI IPL history

Year To finish
2008 League stage
2009 League stage
2010 Finalists
2011 Playoffs
2012 Playoffs
2013 Champions
2014 Playoffs
2015 Champions
2016 League stage
2017 Champions
2018 League stage
2019 Champions
2020 Champions
2021 League stage

History of recent auctions: success or failure

The Mumbai Indians have generally had a pretty good record in the auctions. Their scouting system has been solid (just think of Jasprit Bumrah) and they’ve identified the kind of talent they need to strengthen in a structured way. From the entry of Rohit Sharma to the best use of Trent Boult, who was acquired in a trade with the Delhi Capitals, Mumbai has built a core of players.

MI is sometimes wrong too. They bought Glenn Maxwell in 2013 but barely used him. JP Duminy was another buy that didn’t go well, but that was in 2009. In recent times they’ve usually looked to fill specific gaps in their strategy which meant they were going after specific players .

Nathan Coulter-Nile was picked up for Rs 8 crore in 2020 but it didn’t go to plan and the same could be said of Krunal Pandya who was picked up for Rs 8.8 crore with a “Right to Game” in 2018.

But they also had a great business deal in Quinton de Kock in 2019 when they got him from RCB (as did Boult later). So even if MI doesn’t get the player he wants in the auction, he’s still looking for a good trade if possible.

Any off-season changes since IPL 2021?

The management of the Mumbai Indians team is led by former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene who is the current head coach of the IPL franchise. Jayawardene joined the team in 2017 and has won three IPL titles with the team so far. The Ambanis have generally given him carte blanche to lead the team, but have been quite practical at the same time.

Jayawardene works closely with Sachin Tendulkar (Icon), Zaheer Khan (Director of Cricket Operations), Shane Bond (Bowling Coach) and Robin Singh (Batting Coach).

On top of that, they also have a very strong talent scout setup which helps them find the best young players in India.

Who says what

“MI will do their best to get Ishan Kishan back and it will come at a cost but yes they may have to look at a different success formula to what has worked so far,” said the former India opener Akash Chopra. Featured Sports show ‘Game Plan IPL Special Auctions’.

Remaining global scholarship for the 10 teams

Franchise Remaining salary cap (Rs cr) Open player locations Open slot machines for foreign players
Chennai Super Kings 48 21 seven
Capitals of Delhi 47.5 21 seven
Kolkata Knight Riders 48 21 6
Lucknow Super Giants 59 22 seven
Bombay Indians 48 21 seven
Kings of Punjab 72 23 8
Rajasthani Royals 62 22 seven
Bangalore Royal Challengers 57 22 seven
Sunrisers Hyderabad 68 22 seven
Ahmedabad Team 52 22 seven