Virender Sehwag named 3 players Mumbai Indians can retain ahead of IPL 2022 excluding Hardik Pandya

New Delhi. IPL 2021 did not live up to the expectations of defending champion Mumbai Indians (MI). Mumbai lost 4 out of 7 matches in the second half in UAE and finished fifth in the points table with 14 points. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) also had the same number of points. But due to better run rate, KKR qualified for the playoffs. It was no less than a setback for the 5-time champion Mumbai. From 2022, 10 teams will play in IPL instead of 8, which will be announced on October 25. There will be a mega auction for this. In such a situation, Mumbai can also retain some players and release some for the next season.

Which players should Mumbai retain for IPL 2022? Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag has given his names. Sehwag told Cricbuzz that Mumbai Indians should retain Rohit Sharma, wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah.

Franchisee will think twice before buying Hardik: Sehwag

Sehwag said that Ishaan’s age is in his favor. He can serve Mumbai Indians for a long time. If Hardik Pandya doesn’t bowl, I don’t think he will be retained by Mumbai or he will be bought for a hefty price in the auction. Because he has been battling injury continuously for the last few years. Therefore, the franchisee will think many times before taking them.

Hardik’s fitness biggest problem
Hardik did not bowl for Mumbai Indians in the second phase of IPL 2021. Regarding this, the team’s head coach Mahela Jayawardene had said that if Hardik is forced to bowl, it will affect his batting as well.

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Sehwag further said that whether Hardik will bowl or not is not known yet. If he declares himself fit and starts bowling again, then any team can buy him in the auction. The way Ishaan has performed against Sunrisers Hyderabad, his hopes have increased in the coming times. He is a top order batsman, while Hardik bats in the lower order.

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