Mumbai Indians retain 18 players, releasing 10 in return

Mumbai Indians have decided to retain 18 players and on the other hand, released 10 players from its hold including one capped, five uncapped players, and four international players.

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Ahead of the Indian Player League (IPL) 2019 player auctions, Mumbai Indians have decided to retain 18 core players and alongside, released 10 players from its hold including one capped, five uncapped players, and four international players. The Ambani-owned IPL franchise has tried maintaining the mix of experience and youth in order to bring a balance in their squad.

Mumbai Indians continue with the talents it has identified and nurtured over the years. All-rounder Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Markande, Aditya Tare, Ishan Kisan, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, and Suryakumar Yadav continue with the three-time champions.

Alongside, the franchise has retained veteran players such as Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, destructive opener Evin Lewis and Kiwi pair of Mitchell McClenaghan and Adam Milne. Australian T20 specialist Jason Behrendoff has also been backed by Mumbai Indians after the left-arm pacer was recalled to his national side recently. Rohit Sharma – the joint most successful captain in IPL – will continue to lead Mumbai Indians.

Along with Australian pacer Pat Cummins, South Africa’s Jean-Paul Duminy has been released by the franchise. Also, Mustafizur Rahman and spinner Akila Dananjaya have also been released.

Mumbai Indians have also released Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Sharad Lumba, Tajinder Singh Dhillon. UP pacer Mohsin Khan and Kerala’s MD Nidheesh also find themselves in the released players’ list.

Retained players: Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff.

Released players: Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Sharad Lumba, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, JP Duminy, Pat Cummins, Mustafizur Rahman, Akila Dananjaya.

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