Of all the eight franchises, maintaining four players was perhaps the most difficult for Mumbai Indians. The five-time champions have clung to the same core group of players that has taken them to unusual heights and made the franchise the most successful team in the IPL. On Tuesday, when all eight teams announced their list of retained players, MI unleashed an abundance of superstars after they decided to keep Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard and Suryakumar Yadav.
The announcement was made to my Akash Ambani, after which Rohit Sharma informed that releasing players who have been instrumental in the dominant run of the side in the last 10 years of the IPL was a difficult decision, and called the call ‘heartbreaking’.
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“As you all know, this year would be the toughest retention for Mumbai Indians. We have solid players, absolutely weapon players in our team and to release them is absolutely heartbreaking. They have done a great job for this The franchise, made “Many memories. That, to let them go was really difficult. Four players including myself – hopefully we can form a good core and create a solid team around us,” said Rohit.
The notable absentees for MI are Hardik and Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Trent Boult and Quinton de Kock. That said, MI, with a residual scholarship of 48 crore, would hope to reverse some of them when the IPL 2022 mega auction takes place. Regarding the same, Rohit said he has full confidence in the team that has put together a solid set of players for the next editions of the Indian Premier League.
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“The immediate goal is to form a solid team and that starts at the auction. We will keep an eye on who we can get in the auction, find the right place for the good players. So yes, our scouts “Do a fantastic job, watching talents inside and outside India. I have faith and believe in them. They have done an amazing job over the years finishing talent. Hopefully we can find some players who can form a good core,” added Rohit.