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IPL 2023 mini-auction: Mumbai look to boost bowling strength while Chennai seek balance

IPL 2023 mini-auction: Mumbai Indians (MI) look to boost bowling strength while Chennai Super Kings (CSK) seek balance. Full updated squad, purse left, slots available and Players Targeting.

Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard retire from Indian Premier League (IPL) _ Walking Wicket (Source_ ©Getty Images)
Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard retire from Indian Premier League (Source: ©Getty Images)

Less supply and more demand for players make the scheduled Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 mini-auction in Kochi more interesting. Mini-auctions are important for the teams to get the missing pieces of the puzzle. A total of 132 overseas and 273 Indian players will go under the hammer in the auction for 87 slots.

Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have done well in the auctions and as a result, they have 9 IPL trophies between themselves in the 15 seasons of the world’s marquee cricket league. However, MI and CSK had a terrible IPL last year. Both teams were at the bottom of the table with CSK ending at position 9 MI ending at number 10. Hence, this will be a crucial auction for both teams.

Scenario of Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians have a purse value of INR 20.55 crore. They have retained their core team - Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishan Kishan. However, one of the superstars of MI, Kieron Pollard has now retired from T20 cricket. These are some really big shoes to fill for the team.

Mumbai Indians have slots for three overseas players and five Indian players. But still, there are some missing links that Mumbai would like to fix in this auction. MI have already made a few trades and they now have Jason Behrendorff as a left-arm pace option. However, they will look to buy more assets for the team.

So, now let us take a look at players that MI would like to have on their team.

Mumbai Indians Squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Tim David, Ramandeep Singh, Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Tristan Stubbs (WK), Dewald Brevis, Jofra Archer, Jasprit Bumrah, Arjun Tendulkar, Arshad Khan, Kumar Kartikeya, Hritik Shokeen, Jason Behrendorff, Akash Madhwal Mumbai Indians Remaining Purse: INR 20.55 crore

Read More: Mumbai Indians star all-rounder Kieron Pollard (10k+ runs & 300+ wickets in T20) bids adieu to IPL

IPL 2023 Retentions_ Kieron Pollard retires from Indian Premier League (IPL) (Source_ ©IANS)
Kieron Pollard retires from Indian Premier League (IPL) (Source: ©IANS)

Players that Mumbai Indians would target

All-rounder (Replacement of Kieron Pollard): Mumbai have a very sorted top order. They have Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan to open the innings. Number one T20 player Suryakumar Yadav will lead the middle order. Tilak Verma and Tim David made their mark in the last season. However, MI were not able to find proper replacement for Hardik Pandya and will have difficulty in finding someone like Kieron Pollard.

Leg spinner: Kumar Kartikeya and Hritik Shokeen are two spinners but they