The Rohit Sharma-led side had a different auction this time around as one looks at them and feels a bit worried.

Five-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians will hope to add another title to their rich list. The Rohit Sharma-led side had a different auction this time around as one looks at them and feels a bit worried. They didn’t try to retain much of their squad and went too heavy on Ishan Kishan. MI have an interesting side this time around with several of their cream players gone. It will be a challenge for MI to show the kind of authority they enjoyed of late.

The big move for MI in the auction was to get back Ishan Kishan. They spent in excess of Rs 15 crore for the talented Kishan. MI played safely from there on. They roped in Jofra Archer for a heavy sum, but the fact he will be available from 2023 onwards suggests the gamble MI went for. The side is also weak in terms of spin, besides a weak link resembling the batting. It remains to be seen how MI can go on and find a way to come out on top.

One hopes MI can challenge the trophy and find ways to show the mettle we know they can be capable of. Here are the complete details of MI.

The players’ MI had retained

With the IPL set to be a 10-team affair, the existing teams had an opportunity to retain at least four players ahead of the auction. MI retained skipper Rohit Sharma for Rs 16 crore. They spent Rs 12 crore for Jasprit Bumrah. Another Rs 8 crore was spent on Suryakumar Yadav and Rs 6 crore on Kieron Pollard. They started the auction with Rs 48 crore.

Key picks for MI in the IPL 2022 auction

MI went heavy for Ishan Kishan in a bidding war. He was finally sold to MI for Rs 15.25 crore. They have roped in South Africa’s U-19 star Dewald Bravis for Rs 3 crore, besides going for all-rounder Tim David. Another headline buy was Archer, who is injury-prone and will not be available this season.

A look at MI’s complete squad 

Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Ishan Kishan, Dewald Brevis, Basil Thampi, M Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, N Tilak Varma, Sanjay Yadav, Jofra Archer, Daniel Sams, Tymal Mills, Tim David, Riley Meredith, Mohammad Arshad Khan, Anmolpreet Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Rahul Buddhi, Hrithik Shokeen, Arjun Tendulkar, Fabian Allen, Aryan Juyal.

What can be MI’s playing XI?

1) Rohit Sharma: The Indian captain will hope to lead MI to their sixth IPL honour. Rohit knows he has a crucial task in hand to steer MI’s ship. Consistency is what’s needed from the celebrated batsman. In 213 matches, he has 5,611 runs at 31.17. He has one hundred and 40 fifties.

2) Ishan Kishan: Having been repurchased by MI, Kishan has to step up and justify his presence. MI spent fortunes on the player, and what would suit him is to play a fearless brand of cricket without the pressure of a price tag. Kishan has amassed 1,452 runs at 28.17.

3) Suryakumar Yadav: The versatile cricketer can take the game away in a flash. He is a stylish player, having all the shots on offer. An excellent player of spin, Surya will be keen to play till the end and attack when needed. He has scored 2,341 runs at 28.90.

4) Dewald Bravis: MI will be keen to try out Baby De Villiers, as he is called. The South African U-19 star will be the cynosure of all eyes. Facing the biggest players is something he will look forward to. Bravis can be the X-factor for MI and adds variety.

5) Kieron Pollard: The veteran West Indian cricketer needs no introduction. He is a core member of this MI side, and there is a lot of trust in a champion performer like him. Pollard can be ominous. He has 3,268 runs at 29.98. Pollard has also claimed 65 wickets to date.

6) Tim David: The Singapore player has been in discussion for his exploits in the format across leagues. David was a massive buy for MI, and he can add dynamism with his big-hitting skills. He has 1,938 runs in T20s at 34.00. He has a strike rate of 159.37.

7) Daniel Sams: The all-rounder will aim to add to MI’s dynamism. Can he be a Krunal or Hardik? Only time will tell. The bowling all-rounder has claimed 87 wickets, besides scoring 700 runs. He has to chip in with the bat.

8) Murugan Ashwin: The spinner will aim to make his presence felt, having come to MI. He has 26 wickets in the IPL in 34 matches. This time we might get to see more of Ashwin, and he will be keen to show his character.

9) Jaydev Unadkat: The left-arm pacer will share the new ball with Jasprit Bumrah. Earlier, Unadkat ended up fetching massive bids by RR in the IPL, but he couldn’t live up to expectations. He will keep that in mind with a point to prove. He has 85 wickets at 30.44.

10) Jasprit Bumrah: MI’s best bowler Bumrah will once again hold the cards. The rest of the bowling is not that sound in nature; therefore, the pressure will be on JB to deliver and be the leader of this pack. He has picked up 130 wickets to date at 23.03. 

11) Mayank Markande: Markande, who made his IPL debut for MI in 2019, had a good first season, taking 15 scalps. He played just three games the following season before being released. Last season, he was with RR but played one game. Markande will try to replicate his heroics of the debut season and showcase his mettle.

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