Defending champion Mumbai Indians (MI) on Thursday bought out foreign point guard Nathan Coulter-Nile for ₹ 5 crore, after releasing him ahead of the 2021 IPL auction.
MI cricket director Zaheer Khan, “excited” to see the Australian return to the squad, said franchises now put importance on fast bowlers.
“It’s very exciting news, for sure, to see all of the fast bowlers in demand. It’s something that franchises have been taking note of, for over 12 years now,” he said.
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Zaheer said the team is also banking on the experience that spinner Piyush Chawla, who signed a ₹ 2.4 crore deal, brings to their side. “We were looking for experience. Piyush is someone who was part of the winning World Cup squad,” said the former Indian speedster.
The team led by Rohit Sharma also caught two Kiwis in the versatile James Neesham (50 lakh) and the stimulator Adam Milne (₹ 3.20 crore).
South African fast bowler Marco Jansen, alongside uncapped Indian all-rounders Arjun Tendulkar and Yudhvir Charak were also selected by the franchise, which won a record fifth title in 2020, for 50 lakh each.
PLAYERS RELEASED BEFORE THE AUCTION: Lasith Malinga, Mitch McClenaghan, James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sherfane Rutherford, Prince Balwant Rai and Digvijay Deshmukh.
TOTAL SPENDED: Rs 11.7 crore
|FINAL SQUAD: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Royul, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rah Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen and Arjun Tendulkar|