The 2024 season was a comeback season for the Mumbai Indians. If you remember, the team ended up at the bottom of the table during the 2022 season and had their worst campaign in the IPL. But in the 2024 season, they qualified for the playoffs and ended up as second runners-up. For your information, the team had one of the worst bowling units, but their batting made sure they won most of the game.
Well, before entering the 2024 season, the team had one of the biggest trades and released some of the best players in their squad. They released 11 players, including names like Cameron Green, Jofra Archer, and many more. But they got their golden boy, Hardik Pandya, in the squad. Well, the teams look good, but they need a more perfect team to clinch their sixth IPL title.
So, let’s see the list of players that the Mumbai Indians might target in the 2024 IPL mini-auction. Before that, let us take a look at their potential playing 11.
Mumbai Indians Potential 11
- Rohit Sharma
- Ishan Kishan
- Surya Kumar Yadav
- Tilak Varma
- Nehal Wadhera
- Hardik Pandya
- Tim David*
- Piyush Chawla
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Jason Behrendorff*
- Akash Madhwal
- Dewald Brevis
- Vishnu Vinod
- Kumar Kartikeya
- Shams Mulani
- Arjun Tendulkar
They have a purse value of 17.75 crores.
Target players of the Mumbai Indians
Without a doubt, they have one of the best batting lineups in IPL 2024. This means the team will go for bowlers in the mini-auction. If we look at their squad, nearly half of the team will be a part of the Indian cricket team in the 2024 T20 World Cup. So, they also look out for some backup options for Jasprit Bumrah and Co.
- Gerald Coetzee (To strengthen their pace attack)
- Chetan Sakaria (To strengthen their Indian pace attack)
- Umesh Yadav (To strengthen their Indian pace attack)
- Kamlesh Nagarkoti (To strengthen their Indian pace attack)
- Alzarri Joseph (To strengthen their pace attack)
- Karthik Tyagi (To strengthen their Indian pace attack)
- Shivam Mavi (To strengthen their Indian pace attack)
The reason why Indian pace bowlers will be their target is because Dewald Brevis can bat at the top if their team loses early wickets. Also, Indian bowlers can come at a cheaper price compared to overseas bowlers. Their main target will be bowlers who can swing the ball in the earlier overs with Behrendroff because Bumrah, Pandya, and Madhwal will back their death bowling.
But there might be chances of the team going for no players on the above-mentioned list. The reason is that they have the best scouts in the IPL and will scout some of the best Indian talents. Also, the answer regarding their spin attack is that Mumbai is a team that always prefers to have Indian spinners. With the likes of Kumar Karthikeya, Sham Mulani, and even part-time bowlers like Tilak and Brevis, things would be better for them.