The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) has roped in the New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne as a replacement for the injured Pat Cummins, who was ruled out of the ongoing edition of IPL and did not even arrived in India. Milne will join the pace-heavy line-up of MI, comprising of Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman, and former New Zealand team-mate Mitchell McClenaghan.
Milne, who went unsold (base price INR 75 lakh) in the recent IPL auctions, represented Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the last two seasons. He has played five IPL matches so far and has four wickets at an economy of 9.8. He was even seen in the practice session of MI’s third game, against Delhi Daredevils, at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.
At Mumbai, Milne will get the opportunity to learn from the bowling coach Shane Bond, his idol while growing up and with whom he had worked with when Bond was New Zealand’s bowling coach. Milne has played 70 T20s so far and taken 83 wickets with an economy rate of 7.77; he’s also had good form for Central Districts on the domestic circuit in New Zealand.
Milne, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Friday, has always been known for his raw pace, can hit the deck hard with his nippy action and has the ability to use long levers if and when needed. He is the second Blackaps player to be named as a replacement by any franchise after Corey Anderson replaced Nathan Coulter Nile in the RCB squad.
Mumbai hasn’t had the best of times so far in IPL 2018 and have lost all their three games so far. They will now lock horns with RCB on April 17 at home and will hope to turn things around after three close losses.