Aakash Chopra opens up on Mumbai Indians’ loopholes ahead of the auction
By SMCS - Nov 16, 2022 3:40 pm
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Former India cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra said that the Mumbai Indians (MI) need to do a lot of work at the IPL 2023 auction as they have to fill a few voids in their squad. They let go of 13 players, which also included Kieron Pollard, as part of their retention process. However, they have a remaining purse of ₹20.55 crore ahead of the auction on December 23.

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Mumbai Indians (MI) suffered another loss

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra stated: “The Mumbai Indians have ₹20.55 crore available. This team will still have to shop. They have left quite a few big players but they will have to use that money properly because they still have to fill in the blanks. They still need a lot of holes to be plugged.”

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“You will no longer see Kieron Pollard playing in the Mumbai Indians jersey. You will see him but in the dugout as a batting coach. He is not the only one released, in fact he has bid goodbye to his IPL career, they have left 13 players. The big story is that they have let go of five fast bowlers, whether it is Tymal Mills, Daniel Sams, Basil Thampi or Jaydev Unadkat – they told all of them that they don’t need them, that they will make a fresh start,” Aakash Chopra further expressed.

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Mumbai Indians (MI) started with a loss against DC

However, apart from the pacers, Mumbai Indians have also released Riley Meredith but they acquired Jason Behrendoff from the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as well. Aakash Chopra also shared that England pacer Jofra Archer will be seen playing in IPL 2023, as Mumbai Indians have retained him.

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“The big story I understand is that Jofra will play. We don’t know until now if he will play or not but if they have not released him, it means Jofra is going to play. So Jofra on one side and Jasprit Bumrah, if he is fit and available, on the other. That’s a proper fast-bowling pair. When you let go of five fast bowlers, you go on a slight recruitment drive. I see potential and promise in the batting, which includes Dewald Brevis, Tristan Stubbs, Tilak Varma and Ramandeep [Singh], but the proven performers are not seen. That means they will need a big player there,” Aakash Chopra concluded.