Mumbai Indians are the most successful franchise in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Mumbai has won the IPL title 5 times which is the most by any team. But the 2022 season of IPL turned out to be a nightmare for Mumbai Indians. They created an unwanted record of losing their first 8 matches in an IPL season. This was for the first time that the five-time champions ended in the last position in the points table.
Mumbai tried several different team combinations but still couldn’t change their fortunes in the IPL 2022. The Mumbai-based franchise has already started the planning for the IPL 2023 auction. They have released 13 players ahead of the IPL 2023 auctions. However, among these 13 players, there are a few players who are going to be in high demand in IPL 2023 auctions.
Released players from Mumbai Indians who can fetch a good amount in IPL 2023 auction
Riley Meredith is a 26-year-old Tasmanian fast bowler who can consistently bowl above 140 mph. Meredith was bought by Mumbai Indians for 1 Crore in the mega auction before IPL 2022. Riley picked 8 wickets in 8 matches in IPL 2022 at an economy rate of 8.43.
The Tasmanian pacer has the potential to change the momentum of the game with his fiery spells. There are very few pacers in world cricket currently who can bowl above 145 kmph consistently. Express pacers have always been in high demand in the IPL auctions and it won’t be a surprise if Meredith fetches a good amount in the upcoming IPL auction. Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings are the top two teams who can go hard for Meredith in the auction.
Tamil Nadu all-rounder Sanjay Yadav is a renowned name in domestic cricket. Sanjay is a left-arm spinner and also bats in the middle order. He was also the top scorer in 2022 in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) with a strike rate of 186. Mumbai Indians bought Yadav for 50 Lakh in the IPL 2022 mega auction. However, Sanjay got to play only one game in the IPL 2022 season.
All-rounders are a cheat code of T20 cricket. Multidimensional players add a lot of value to the IPL teams. There is going to be a reasonable bid for Sanjay Yadav in the IPL 2022 auction. Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders are the top two teams who can bid for Sanjay because they desperately require an Indian all-rounder in the squad.
Mayank Markande is a right-arm leg spinner from Punjab who had an outstanding debut season of IPL in 2018 for Mumbai Indians. But the last three years haven’t gone the way Mayank would have liked to. The Mumbai-based franchise bought Markande for 65 Lakhs in the IPL 2022 auction. Mayank played two matches in the IPL 2022 and took just 1 wicket.
Mayank didn’t get the game time that he would have wanted in IPL 2022. Eventually, he was released by Mumbai Indians before the IPL 2023 auction. Markande would surely be a player to watch out for during the IPL 2023 auction because leg spinners rule the T20 format in the modern era. Every team would love to have a leg spinner of the quality of Markande who can give them crucial breakthroughs in the middle overs.
Mumbai Indians squad before IPL 2023 auction
Mumbai Indians managed to win just 4 matches in the 2022 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Eventually, it was the worst season in the history of Mumbai Indians. Mumbai released 13 players before the IPL 2023 auction which clearly shows that they want a revamp in the squad.
Players retained by Mumbai Indians:
Rohit Sharma (c), Tim David, Ramandeep Singh, Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Tristan Stubbs, Dewald Brevis, Jofra Archer, Jasprit Bumrah, Arjun Tendulkar, Arshad Khan, Kumar Kartikeya, Hrithik Shokeen, Jason Behrendorff, Akash Madhwal
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A poor mega auction was one of the biggest reasons for the downfall of Mumbai Indians in 2022. Mumbai would need major overhauls in their bowling for the next IPL season. Five-time IPL Champions MI released 13 players before the IPL 2023 auction. Now they have a total purse remaining of Rs 20.55 Crore.
Jofra Archer is likely to be fit for the 2023 season of IPL which is the biggest positive for Mumbai Indians. They would need a third pacer and a spinner to complement Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer.
Q1) How much purse is left with MI before the IPL 2023 auctions?
Ans 1) Mumbai Indians have a purse of Rs 20.55 Crore left.
Q2) How many players were released by MI ahead of the IPL 2023 auctions?
Ans 2) 13 players have been released by MI before the IPL 2023 auction.
Q3) When would the IPL 2023 auction take place?
Ans3) IPL 2023 auction is going to be held on 23rd December 2022