Mumbai Indians (MI) are undoubtedly the team to beat in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Having won the title 5 times including the previous edition, the franchise is well and truly the most feared opponent at present. The side’s team combination looks perfect with reliable batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders. There doesn’t seem to be any need to change a winning combination.
With the auction ahead of the 2021 IPL looming, MI might however, be tempted to get rid off a few players whom they consider surplus to requirements. Releasing these players could free up funds for the auction as well. We take a look at 5 such players who could be released ahead of the 2021 auction which is to be held in mid-February.
Nathan Coulter-Nile was originally touted to be MI’s third seamer along with Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult. An early injury he suffered however, meant his fellow Australian seamer James Pattinson got the nod in the initial part of the 2020 edition of the IPL.
Once Coulter-Nile got to full fitness, he was drafted back into the playing XI. However, he couldn’t come up with the kind of performances that the team might have expected of him. He was targeted by batsmen at times when they found the going against the other MI bowlers tough. There is thus a case for MI to release him ahead of the auction.
Aditya Tare is best known for his match-winning six in a thrilling IPL 2014 encounter against Rajasthan Royals. Since then, the wicket-keeper batsman has faded away from the limelight and only shone in the domestic circuit. He hasn’t got many chances to shine in the IPL.
In the MI side, there doesn’t seem to be a spot to accommodate him with two very efficient wicket-keeper batsmen in Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan available. Releasing him could thus be a good call by the franchise.
Chris Lynn has a very good reputation of being a big-hitter and a T20 specialist. Despite the same, he was unable to find a place in the MI side for even a single match in 2020 as Quinton de Kock was preferred over him. Thanks to South African’s consistent performances, it does seem unlikely that Lynn won’t have much of a part to play in 2021 as well.
Releasing him could be a wise move and there is bound to be competition to acquire the Australian’s services from other franchises in the auction.
Jayant Yadav is an off-spinner and a handy lower-order batsman who has a very good domestic record. He has also represented India internationally. Jayant was picked in the final of the 2020 edition of the IPL where he shone. However, with two other spinners performing well in the side – Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya, Jayant is bound to not get a lot of chances.
If released, Jayant could go on to make a name for himself in other franchises who might be interested in buying him for the 2021 edition.
Big-hitting Jharkhand batsman, Saurabh Tiwary has been a part of the IPL for quite a long time and despite his past achievements, it does seem like his time as a mainstay in the tournament is about to end.
The southpaw is clearly struggling with fitness issues and while he did manage to find a place in the MI XI when Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma got injured, MI might look elsewhere for a backup batsman by releasing him ahead of the 2021 auctions. Saurabh is still only 31 years old and he might still attract interest from a franchise or two.