Jasprit Bumrah expressed his happiness on Wednesday after being detained by the Mumbai Indians before the mega auction for the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Mumbai Indians, the five-time winners of the evasive IPL trophy, detained captain Rohit Sharma, pacer Bumrah, versatile veteran Kieron Pollard and Suryakumar Yadav.
Taking to Twitter, Bumrah shared two photos with him wearing the Mumbai Indian T-shirt – one from his debut season and the other from a photo shoot before IPL 2021. He captioned: “The story goes on @mipaltan.”
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MI Cricket Operations Director Zaheer Khan, in a conversation with Star Sports, explained that leadership skills played a role in retaining the four players.
“There are team leaders who have been there for many years – and you can include Pollard in that. Pollard’s journey with MI began in 2010 and is now considered a good terminator in this format. So from that perspective, that was no difficult decision, “he said.
“If you look at the list of Mumbai Indians, you will see that there are leaders who are constantly evolving. Yes, we had to say goodbye to the other players with a very heavy heart. Overall, it was very difficult to make those decisions, “he said.
With each franchise with a total salary cap of INR 90 million available for the mega auction, the teams were eligible to retain up to 4 players with a maximum of 3 Indians, 2 overseas players and 2 unlimited Indians.