As per reports of Times of India, the BCCI has decided the plans for the IPL 2022 auction, which is expected to be a mega one given that the board will be adding two new teams in the mix, increasing the number of players in the tournament as well.
Keeping this huge auction in mind, the BCCI has put up new rules for the player retentions and increment in salary purses.
As per new reported rules for the player retention, each franchise will be allowed to retain only four players, but there are a few conditions that the franchises would have to follow- they can either retain three Indians players and one overseas player or two Indians and two overseas players, of their choice.
The salary deduction, in the existing structure, is stipulated as follows: Rs 15 crs, Rs 11 crs, and Rs 7 crs if three players are retained; Rs 12.5 crs and Rs 8.5 crs if two players are retained; and Rs 12.5 crs if only one player is retained.
Hence Team COC tries to find out the four probable players that the 5-time and defending champions Mumbai Indians might retain ahead of the IPL 2022 auction.
Mumbai Indians (MI) have thrived over the years on basis of one thing only, preparing a brilliant core group of players, who then perform consistently year after year which has resulted in the Mukesh Ambani owned franchise winning the IPL trophy five times- 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020.
They are the defending champions and are currently on the fourth spot in the IPL 2021 points table. And will be the leading contender to win the trophy when the IPL resumes in September- October in the UAE.
The Mumbai Indians (MI) have always put faith in their core players and their probable retentions are pretty much obvious. The first player that MI is most likely to retain is their captain Rohit Sharma. Rohit has not only captained them amazingly well, which has begun calls for him to captain India in T20Is full-time.
The second player Mumbai Indians might retain is fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah was a protégé of Lasith Malinga and slowly took over from the master. Since Malinga has retired from franchise cricket, Bumrah has become the pace spearhead of MI bowling and certain retention for MI.
Kieron Pollard is expected to be retained as the lone foreign player by MI, as he has been with the team since 2010 and has also captained the MI whenever Rohit Sharma was not available. His big-hitting prowess, capable bowling abilities, and excellent fielding, grouped with leadership capability have made Pollard an inseparable part of the MI franchise.
The fourth and final retention by the IPL ahead of the 2022 auction is expected to be of Hardik Pandya. The all-rounder has been an amazing addition to the MI lineup over the past 5-6 seasons and his explosive batting abilities and more than fast-medium pace bowling has made him a dependable player of the MI lineup.
Probable retentions for MI before IPL 2022 auction- Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya