The Mumbai Indians had an uncharacteristically disappointing season last year. They have never had two disappointing seasons in a row under Rohit Sharma but Mumbai have failed to finish in the top four in either 2021 or 2022 as they were handed the wooden spoon last year.
Understandably, Mumbai are looking to complete an overhaul of their squad, releasing almost half of their players from last year, who were regular features in the playing XI. Kieron Pollard has retired and will join the coaching staff, while other releases include the likes of Daniel Sams, Basil Thampi and Mayank Markande.
Mumbai Indians traded Australian pacer Jason Behrendoff from RCB to add to their overseas ranks after letting go of Tymal Mills and Riley Meredith. Although their top six is pretty much sorted, Pollard’s retirement has left a gaping hole at No.7. So they might go all in for the likes of Stokes, Curran and Green.
Mumbai Indians look extremely light in the spin department with the releases of Mayank Markande and Murugan Ashwin, who played regularly for them last season. The problem for Mumbai is that apart from Gopal, Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla, there are slim pickings in the auction pool as well.
It looks like they might have to unearth another young Indian spinner from domestic cricket. They might also look to add a capable Indian pacer as a backup for Jasprit Bumrah, with their Indian fast bowling stocks lacking quality.
With Rs 20.55 crores left in their kitty and a host of players released, expect Mumbai to be busy at the auction.