IPL 2022 Auction: The old eight teams had the option to retain only four players before the mega auction. Hence, the teams had to make a couple of hard choices. Mumbai Indians is one team that had to let go several players whom they had nurtured in the past couple of seasons.
MI decided to retain Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, and Suryakumar Yadav. These four players have been the core players and helped the team in winning five IPL trophies. Rohit would be captaining the side again in the upcoming edition of the tournament.
Ishan Kishan and Quinton de Kock were the two openers that the team had until last year. But, they have released both of them. There was a tussle between Kishan and Surya but MI decided to retain Surya. He would be an integral part of MI’s middle-order.
MI would be trying to find a perfect partner to open the innings along with Rohit. In this list, we have mentioned the names of three players whom MI can target in the upcoming IPL 2022 Auction.
IPL 2022 Auction: Openers Pick for Mumbai Indians
1. David Warner
David Warner is the obvious choice to open the innings along with Rohit. Warner would be in the auction pool for the first time since 2014. He was a part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad until last season. However, the franchise decided to release him this year.
Warner’s salary in IPL 2021 was INR 12.5 crores and he would be hoping to fetch the same amount in IPL 2022 Auction. He finished his SRH career as the leading run-scorer for the team. He made 4014 runs in 95 matches at an average of 49.55 and a strike rate of 142.59 for the franchise. Warner hit two centuries and 40 half-centuries while playing for the SRH franchise.
Overall, Warner has made 5449 runs in 150 IPL matches at an average of 41.59 and a strike rate of 139.96. He has hit four centuries and 50 half-centuries in IPL. Warner features in number five position in the all-time highest run-scorer list. He holds the record of scoring the most number of runs in IPL by an overseas player.
2. Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow is another player from the SRH camp who would be featuring in the IPL 2022 auction pool. He played some significant knock for the franchise in the last three seasons. Bairstow became a part of the team in 2019.
He has made 1038 runs in 28 IPL matches at an average of 41.52 and a strike rate of 142.19. Bairstow has made one century and seven half-centuries in IPL. He can be an ideal partner for Rohit as he is someone who is known for hitting the balls right from the word go.
If MI manages to pick Bairstow, he can be used as the wicketkeeper by the franchise. Bairstow has made 3904 runs in 166 T20 games at an average of 30.74 and a strike rate of 137.56. He has made three centuries and 22 half-centuries in IPL.
3. Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal is one Indian opener whom most of the franchises are going to target in the IPL 2022 Auction. Padikkal made his IPL debut in 2020 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He made 473 runs in 15 matches at an average of 31.53 and a strike rate of 124.8. Padikkal hit five half-centuries in his debut season. He went on to win the Emerging Player of Year award for a splendid debut season.
In 2021, Padikkal made 411 runs in 14 matches at an average of 31.61 and a strike rate of 125.3. He managed to clinch his maiden century in the season. He became the third-youngest player to hit a century in IPL.