Mega Auction will be taken place around February 2022 before the 15th season of the IPL. Each team might be given three options to retain the players and one RTM card within the upcoming auctions. Mumbai Indians have not only won the most IPL titles but are also one of the most well-rounded sides in the league with immense depth in both their Indian and overseas contingents.
While talking about the Mumbai Indians’ possible retentions in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra pointed out that the five-time IPL champions would prefer not to have a mega-auction at all. “It will be the most difficult task for the Mumbai Indians. They will want the auction not to happen at all. They would prefer a mini-auction as their team is already set having built such a good side. But they have no option,” said Chopra.
Mumbai Indians will be one of the most severely hit franchises if they are allowed to retain only three players in total.
IPL 2022: Aakash Chopra Chooses Three Players Mumbai Indians Should Retain Or Use RTM Card
Aakash Chopra went with Captain Rohit Sharma who has tasted only success during a complete Mumbai Indians journey.
“If only two retentions and one RTM card are allowed, I think the first retention has to be Rohit Sharma because the team has been built around him. He is their marquee player and you will find it difficult to get a better captain than him in the entire IPL,” added Chopra.
The second and most obvious choice should be the go-to bowlers of Mumbai Indians- Jasprit Bumrah.
“Second has to be Jasprit Bumrah because there is no one like him. Bumrah is a bank because there are only 2-3 bowlers like him in the IPL. One is Jofra, the other is Bumrah and maybe Kagiso Rabada although I do rate Jofra and Bumrah slightly above him in the T20 format,” said Chopra.
The 43-year-old feels Hardik Pandya’s all-around prowess should make the Mumbai Indians reserve the RTM card for him.
“I think the RTM should be used for Hardik Pandya. They will want to use it for him because at some stage he will start bowling and he is an asset. The number at which he bats, the sort of player he is, I feel you will want to retain him,” signed off Chopra.
The likes of letting go of Kieron Pollard, Ishan Kishan, Trent Boult and Suryakumar Yadav will be very difficult and tables can turn for teams next season.