Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult combined to take 52 wickets in IPL 2020 and were the second and third highest wicket-takers of the season individually. While Boult was exceptional with the new ball and picked a heap of wickets, Bumrah was at his best at the death and phenomenally restrictive with an economy rate of 6.73.
IPL Auction 2021 Recap
Here’s a look at who they picked this year:
Total: 7 | Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Milne, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jensen, Arjun Tendulkar
Budget spent: 11.7 cr
Mumbai Indians did not go for any high-end big purchase buys at the mini-auction in February. They went in with a strategy and bought two overseas fast bowlers in Coulter-Nile and Adam Milne – both known for their wicket-taking prowess. The inclusion of James Neesham would bring variety into the attack and also provide the option of a hard-hitting batsman lower in the order.
The biggest takeaway though was the purchase of veteran leg spinner Piyush Chawla who is one of the most successful spinners in the history of the IPL. Arjun Tendulkar was also included in the squad on the basis of some impressive performances.
Rohit Sharma will open with the South African De Kock with Suryakumar Yadav at number 3. Ishan Kishan will be used as a floater and may come in at number 4. Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya follow and complete a very formidable top 6.
Krunal Pandya and Piyush Chawla will lead the spin attack. While Krunal will look to be restrictive, the leg break bowler will be the wicket-taking option for Rohit Sharma.
Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and one of Coulter-Nile or Milne should complete the starting XI.
First match: vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai, April 9
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Quinton De Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Full squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Neesham, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Yudhvir Singh Charak