Heartbreaking: Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma on letting ‘gun players’ go
- Mumbai Indians have decided to retain four key players for the next IPL
- Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard and Suryakumar Yadav have been retained
- Hardik and Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Trent Boult have been let go
Mumbai Indians, the most successful team of the Indian Premier League (IPL), let go a plethora of cricketers who had played an immense role in the team’s rise during the retention announcement Wednesday. The Mukesh Ambani-backed team have retained Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard and Suryakumar Yadav. However, a lot of players were not retained. Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash Ambani made the announcement on retentions.
Rohit Sharma, who recently donned the India captain cap in the T20 format, said that it was heartbreaking to see so many players go. “As you all know, it was going to be the toughest retention for Mumbai Indians this year. We have had solid players, absolutely gun players in our squad and to release them is absolutely heartbreaking,” he said.
Sharma added that the players being let go have done some amazing work for the team and created a lot of memories. Sharma, who is the captain of the team, is among four players to be retained. “Four players including myself, hopefully we can form a good core and create a solid team around us,” said Rohit Sharma.
The most noteworthy absentees from the Mumbai Indians squad are Hardik Pandya and his brother Krunal Pandya. Both Hardik and Krunal have played major roles in Mumbai Indians’ journey but the cricketers have also courted controversy.
Other big players who have been left out include, Ishan Kishan, Trent Boult and Quinton de Kock. However, Mumbai Indians still have Rs 48 crore in their kitty and may target some of them during the IPL auctions next year. Skipper Rohit Sharma said that he has full confidence in the team assembling a solid set of players for the upcoming editions of the IPL.
According to Sharma, the immediate goal for the team would be to get a solid squad during the auction. “We will keep an eye on who we can get in the auction, find the right spot for the right players. So yeah, our scouts are doing a fantastic job, watching talents in and outside India,” said Rohit Sharma.