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IPL 2022 – 3 players who would have helped Mumbai Indians this season

The Mumbai Indians (MI) have struggled in the Indian Premier League’s 15th edition (IPL). The five-time winners are no strangers to slow starts in the IPL, but their chances of recovering this season appear to be slim. With six losses in as many games, Mumbai is languishing at the bottom of the points table. They are still the only team in the competition without a goal, despite the fact that we are almost halfway through the season.

Rohit Sharma and his team are one of the few franchises that have consistently perfected their auction strategy. The franchise has made a number of successful auction purchases, all of which have contributed to Mumbai becoming the most decorated team in the IPL. However, it appears that their poor performance in the IPL 2022 mega auction earlier this year is entirely due to their bad approach.

Because they had to form a squad around their core individuals, the Mumbai Indians were already a step ahead of their opponents. The franchise kept four players: Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, and Kieron Pollard. Despite the fact that this resulted in a small auction purse, it was enough to put up a really strong and well-rounded squad.

Mumbai went a little overboard on a couple of players who didn’t fit within their ambitions. Dewald Brevis and Tilak Varma, two strong batters, were signed by the franchise during the auction. They have, however, failed to make the essential additions to their all-rounder and bowling squads. In this article, we will talk about 3 signings who would have helped the Mumbai Indians this season.

 

Number 1. Yuzvendra Chahal

 

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In the bidding war for Yuzvendra Chahal, the Mumbai Indians were once again beaten out by the Rajasthan Royals. Chahal was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore, and other franchises were interested in signing him. The Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad were in the mix at the outset, but it came down to Mumbai and Rajasthan in the end.

As Mumbai Indians let go of another star player in the auction, the Royals made the final bid of INR 6.50 crore. Yuzvendra Chahal, the current Purple Cap bearer in the IPL 2022, has already made a name for himself. Rajasthan was able to secure the services of the Indian spinner at a discounted rate.

The Mumbai Indians should have pushed Rajasthan Royals a little bit farther into the INR 8 crore range and bought the Indian spinner. The five-time champions are in desperate need of a bowler who can take wickets in the middle overs and stop the run flow. Murugan Ashwin was a good pick by Mumbai, but he isn’t a player who can win games for his team on his own, something Chahal is capable of.

 

Number 2. Trent Boult

 

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Over the last three seasons, the Mumbai Indians have had perhaps the finest team in the IPL. With up to four retentions allowed per franchise, it was always a difficult task for them to create a similar-looking side. Trent Boult was a major part of the Mumbai Indians’ title-winning campaign in 2020, and he and Jasprit Bumrah had developed a devastating bowling combination with the new ball.

Mumbai, on the other hand, elected not to keep the Kiwi pacer, which was the proper decision. Fans expected the team to go all out for left-armer in the major auction, but they were defeated by Rajasthan Royals in the bidding war. Trent Boult was bought by the Royals for a whopping INR 8 crore when the Mumbai Indians opted to pull out of the race at INR 7.75 crore.

The Mumbai Indians have acquired a number of overseas bowlers who aren’t quite as effective as Trent Boult. Apart from Jofra Archer, the franchise also received INR 5.1 crore for Tymal Mills, Riley Meredith, and Daniel Sams. However, none of the three bowlers fit into the Mumbai Indians’ long-term ambitions, and one could argue that Boult could have been purchased for a higher price at the auction. They certainly need a bowler who can take wickets with the new ball up front, and the seasoned Kiwi pacer is just what they need this season in the bowling department.

 

Number 3. Jason Holder

 

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One of the important all-rounders featured in the auction pool was Jason Holder. The West Indian all-rounder can bowl top-of-the-order overs as well as slog overs. Furthermore, he has the potential to be a dependable lower-order batter who can respond to the circumstances. The early bidding war for Holder was dominated by Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, with Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants joining the competition later.

Jason Holder was eventually sold to Lucknow for INR 8.75 crore, with Mumbai’s final bid coming in at INR 5 crore. The Mumbai Indians once again let a star player down by abandoning the bidding war too soon. The franchise is definitely missing a solid all-rounder in the absence of Hardik Pandya, which has harmed their team composition this season. Mumbai are obliged to play with five bowlers due to their inferior bowling attack and dearth of all-rounders, compromising their batting.

Jason Holder could have been the ideal signing for the Mumbai Indians, as he could play at number seven. Furthermore, he and Jasprit Bumrah might form an intriguing death bowling combo, given the latter has needed backing from other bowlers this season.