Here is some recent news about the Mumbai Indians Skipper Rohit Sharma is an automatic retention, having led the team to three IPL titles. Hardik Pandya is one of the big match-winners and the interesting third retention would be Krunal Pandya, a senior BCCI official in the know of things told PTI on Monday. Krunal being an uncapped Indian can be retained for only Rs 3 crore instead of Rs 7 crore for third capped player. Also Kieron Pollard was an exceptional performer last year as stated by the official. The strategic decision to retain Krunal as this will enable the franchise to buy back Kieron Pollard and Jasprit Bumrah with the ‘Right to Match’ cards. The last date of submission for the player retention is 4 January.
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MI 2018 Retained Player List
Here are our top 5 picks of players that are sure to be retained in the 2018 auction.
- Rohit Sharma
With his mind-blowing performance in the ODI by scoring a double century we can say he is in good form. Rohit Sharma is one of the most elegant batsmen when it comes to the shorter formats of the game such as the ODI and T-20. He has terrific track record playing for Mumbai Indians, both as a captain and as a batsman. Rohit Sharma scored 362 runs in that season and took 11 wickets which included a hat-trick in the 16 matches that he played.
- Kieron Pollard
In 2013, Pollard’s unbeaten 60 off 35 ball was the turning point of the match as Mumbai beat Chennai by 23 runs to lift their maiden IPL title. While other batsmen threw away their wickets, the West Indian slammed a majestic innings and guided MI to 148 in 20 overs. Pollard once against played a starring role in the final as his quickfire knock helped Mumbai cross the 200-run mark against CSK in 2015. Apart from Pollard’s displays in the final, the other striking part here is that the two times that Mumbai have won the title, they have defeated a MS Dhoni team in the final. This makes him an important player for the MI team.
- Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya played a prominent role in the team winning the title in 2015 and 2017 editions, though he could not do much in the 2016 edition where he managed to score just 44 runs and take just 3 wickets in 11 matches. In the 2017 edition, he came back strong and scored 250 runs at a strike rate of 156.25 and took 6 wickets. His successful run in the internationals makes him one of the most valuable players in the IPL.
- Jasprit Bumrah
In 2016 Bumrah showed his brilliance, clinching 15 wickets in 14 matches at an economy of 7.80. Since then, he has cemented his place in the Indian cricket team. In the 2017 edition, his performance improved dramatically and he took 20 wickets in 16 matches at an economy of 7.35 to end up 3rd on the list of highest wicket-takers. Being one of the best fast bowlers in the Indian cricket Team the only thing Mumbai Indians lacked was a strong bowling side. With Jasprit Bumrah even that is now taken care of.
- Krunal Pandya
Just like Jasprit Bumrah is an asset to the team, so is Krunal Pandya an Asset to the Mumbai Indians. In the following season, he scored 243 runs in 13 matches and took 10 wickets in an impressive economy of 6.82. He has trapped AB de Villiers four times in the two seasons, enough to prove his mettle as a bowler. Krunal was the man of the match of the final in 2017 for playing a crucial knock of 47 runs when other MI batsmen failed to deliver on the big occasion.
MI 2018 Retained Player List With Base Price
Here are the base prices for these 5 players
|1.Rohit Sharma||17 crore|
|2.Kieron Pollard||6 crore|
|3.Hardik Pandya||12 crore|
|4.Jasprit Bumrah||9 crore|
|5.Krunal Pandya||7 crore|