Mumbai Indians (MI) Purchasing Ratings on Day 1

On a day when there’s a lot of activity and some intense bidding, Mumbai Indians (MI) likes to stay relatively quiet and watch most of the action. As a result, they bought only 4 of the 74 players sold on Day 1 in two days IPL big auction in Bengaluru on Saturday.

Having said that, MI has to credit them as the top buy of the day, Ishan Kishan. The 23-year-old ping ponger, whose franchise is released ahead of the 2022 IPL auction, was picked up by MI for a whopping 15.25 crore. Five-time IPL winners also buy tripods Murugan Ashwin (₹ 1.6 crore), medium tempo Basil Thampi (₹30 lakh) and South Africa U19 feeling Dewald Brevis (₹ 3 crore).

After Day 1 of the IPL auction, MI now has a team of eight players (four retained), with two of them being overseas cricketers. On Day 2, they had a wallet of ₹ 27.85 crore left.

IPL Auction 2022: Mumbai Indians’ First Day Purchase Analysis

As Day 1 of the auction closes, we analyze the four players selected by MI and what kind of value they can add to the franchise.

#1 Ishan Kishan

Ishan Kishan is playing for Team India. Photo: Getty Images
Ishan Kishan is playing for Team India. Photo: Getty Images

The talented hitter Ishan Kishan is definitely a very good choice. Whether he can justify his modest price tag of 15.25 crore is something only time will tell. However, there is no doubt that the left-handed striker is among the most powerful strikers in football, despite his fragile frame.

The youngster had a poor 2021 IPL campaign as he racked up just 241 runs in 10 games with averages of 26.77 and 133.88. The numbers were much worse but Kishan redeemed himself in the last two games of the tournament, beating 50–25 against Rajasthan and 84–32 against Hyderabad. He’s also the top fast runner for MI, with 516 runs from 14 games, when the franchise lifts the IPL for the fifth time in 2020.

Experts are surprised that MI did not retain Kishan before the auction. However, by giving him their all on the bidding table, the franchise has proven how highly they value nampaw.

The advantage with Kishan is that he can open the innings, hit the ball in mid-order and keep the ball if needed. That, perhaps, explains why MI is so desperate to have him back.

#2 Dewald Brevis

South African young beater Dewald Brevis. Photo: ICC
South African young beater Dewald Brevis. Photo: ICC

Despite his U19 World Cup record, South Africa’s rising star, Dewald Brevis, was unexpectedly selected by MI on Day One of the IPL auction. After all, he barely played any T20 cricket. But Brevis’ sensational performance at the 2022 U19 World Cup in the West Indies was too hard to ignore.

The flamboyant right-winger had 506 runs in six matches with an average of 84.33 and a strike rate of 90.19 in the ICC event. The stats include two hundred and three fifty as Brevis finished as top goalscorer in the recently concluded Under-19 World Cup.

He has a lot going on in the book and when someone is compared to a legend like AB de Villiers, he has to be special. “Baby AB” can also flip her arms and do some useful leg swings. If Brevis gets a chance to prove himself in IPL 2022 and plays well, the decision to pick him will be seen as a headshot.

#3 Basil Thampi

Basil Thampi is playing for SRH. Photo: IPLT20.COM
Basil Thampi is playing for SRH. Photo: IPLT20.COM

The Kerala Unwrapped Medium Basil Thampi can be seen as a smart purchase by MI at the price of 30 lakh. They needed to balance the math after pouring so much into Kishan. In that context, Thampi’s purchase makes sense.

The 28-year-old is a reasonably experienced athlete in the domestic league. He played 68 T20 games and won 69 hit shots with a strike rate of 20.6. In the 2021-22 Vijay Hazare Trophy, he did a great job for Kerala. In six games, he picked up 10 goals with an average rate of 24.80 and an economy rate of 5.27.

At the IPL, he featured in 20 games, of which he racked up 17 goals at 40.82 and economy of 9.79. Those are not great numbers but he has some skill with the ball. Thampi, who last represented SRH in 2020, will be keen to prove her worth to MI.

No. 4 Murugan Ashwin

Murugan Ashwin in action for the Punjab Kings (PBKS). Photo: IPLT20.COM
Murugan Ashwin in action for the Punjab Kings (PBKS). Photo: IPLT20.COM

The purchase of Leg-spinner Murugan Ashwin for ₹1.6 crore was a bit of a surprise. The 31-year-old did not perform well for Tamil Nadu in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy even though his team lifted the title. Even in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final against Himachal Pradesh, he was eliminated 57 out of seven passes as Tamil Nadu failed to defend a good total.

In the IPL, Ashwin has only 26 hits in 34 games with an average rate of 33.88 and an economy rate of 7.86. Last season, he played three games for the Punjab Kings (PBKS) but proved completely ineffective as he managed only one goal at an average of 97.

Ashwin has an impressive T20 record overall, picking up 82 catches in 85 games for an average of 25.74. Even so, whether MI makes a smart choice by paying ₹1.6 crore for its services remains controversial.

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