Defending champions Mumbai Indians made IPL history when they won the IPL title in 2017, making them the first team ever to win the tournament three times. Mumbai Indians achieved the feat in 2013, 2015 and in 2017, with all the wins coming under the leadership of Rohit Sharma.
Mumbai Indians came into the IPL 2018 auction with three players retained prior to the auction. The three players that MI retained were captain Rohit Sharma, all-rounder Hardik Pandya and death overs king Jasprit Bumrah.
MI decided not to retain the only player who had played for them for a decade, Harbhajan Singh; and with him, Lasith Malinga was also not retained, but was hired as a bowling mentor for the team.
Mumbai Indians went after some of the players who had played for them previously and bought Krunal Pandya for Rs 8.8 cr and Kieron Pollard for Rs 5. cr using their Right To Match cards.
Mumbai also bought Saurabh Tiwary (Rs 80 lakh), Suryakumar Yadav (Rs 3.2 cr), Ben Cutting (Rs 2.2 cr), and Ishan Kishan (Rs 6.2 cr). They had to replace Lasith Malinga with someone and managed to grab Pat Cummins for Rs 5.4 cr and Mustafizur Rahman for Rs 2.2 cr.
Mumbai had bought Australian quick Jason Behrendorff in the auction, but it was revealed that he had not recovered from his back injury. MI bought in Mitchell McClenaghan in his place, who had played a big role in MI’s IPL win in 2017.
Rohit Sharma will lead Mumbai Indians again in IPL 2018, but with some new faces in his team.
Let’s take a look at the strengths of Mumbai Indians