Woefully, the IPL 2022 hasn’t been any blissful for the Mumbai Indians. The franchise with the most IPL titles (5) is yet to secure a win in the competition. Many experts have felt that MI made a travesty of itself because of its inferior auction strategy.
Perhaps even their former superstars- QDK, Boult, Rahul Chahar, and Pandya brothers have emerged as fruitful cogs in the tournament. So comprehensively if again Mumbai has to revive itself then the 2023 auction could be their next focus place. Therefore in this list, let’s check out-
Three specific players which MI can target in IPL 2023 auction
1. Sam Curran
Because of a back injury in IPL 2021, Sam Curran had to skip the ongoing season. While representing CSK in the second half of IPL 2021, the all-rounder sustained a stress fracture. However, with his injury now being fully healed, Sam is back playing first-class cricket in England. In the initial days of IPL 2022, the cricketer also expressed his dire wish to play IPL.
Perhaps in the next IPL auction, this 23-year-old can be found starting a bidding war amongst many teams. His former franchise, the yellow army will also be desperate to bring him home. But in MI’s case, Sam Curran will be a perfect fit to replace the futile services of Daniel Sams.
Practically in the blue and gold dugout, this Englishman will exhibit himself as a proper T20 all-rounder. In the lower middle-order, the southpaw will be used to not only prolong the entire batting but also provide extra bolstering to the likes of Kieron Pollard and Tim David.
Also as a four-over seamer, Sam will be a value-worthy option who could be very beneficial in the power play. Additionally, if he also serves well as a third pacer of the team then MI can even play an overseas attacking spinner in the main XI. Overall, as an available proposition, Sam Curran can bring a big resolve to Mumbai’s both batting and bowling conundrums.
2. Adam Zampa
Yet again in the mega auction, MI management has failed to purchase quality spin bowling. So far, Murugan Ashwin seems to be the mainstay of the spin department. Also, performance-wise, M Ashwin has just been reasonable as a front-line spinner (6 wickets in 6 games). While the likes of Yuzi Chahal and Ravi Bishnoi have won matches for their teams, MI’s spin bowling has let them down.
Perhaps in such a case, the franchise can look to sign Adam Zampa in the next auction. With regards to his buying value, the Aussie will get available at a suitable price tag. Also as most teams have settled spin artillery, maybe MI can even fetch him at his base price.
However, besides his signing, MI might face an issue to cast him in the playing XI. As the likes of Archer, Pollard, and maybe Tim David will be the guaranteed overseas players, the management will play a seamer in the case of Zampa. But the 30-year-old can be precisely used just like how CSK had utilized Imran Tahir.
Overall if the team bags a proposition like Sam Curran then even Zampa can cast himself in the playing XI. Otherwise, specifically on slowish or sluggish wickets, the leg-spinner can make an exclusive entry into the team. All in all, as an attacking leg-break bowler, Zampa will also enjoy Rohit’s apt captaincy skills.
3. Kane Richardson
Apart from their spin bowling issues, Mumbai also has complications with its overseas pacers. The franchise doesn’t even have a proper reliable replacement for Jofra Archer. Even the likes of Tymal Mills who was perceived worthy haven’t been any conducive. Also, other pacers like Riley Meredith comprehensively don’t paint a rosy picture. That’s why the addition of Kane Richardson could be a very beneficial purchase.
Firstly, the Aussie spearhead could be an adequate backup for the ace bowling of Jofra Archer. Barring this, the 31-year-old can also even join as the second overseas seamer. MI have liked hunting with two proper foreign seamers on occasions and Richardson can again revive their old blueprint.
Nevertheless, MI can also explore other overseas names like Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, or even Kyle Jamieson. But the above names have either availability issues or aren’t credible enough. Individually as a proposition, this Aussie cricketer possesses a better command when it comes to T20s.
Overall, in the MI jersey, Richardson can also specifically play a role in what DJ Bravo offers to CSK. As the pacer with his variations can bowl in the middle and death overs, it will also allow Archer and Bumrah to hunt collectively in the power play. All in all, even Richardson’s signing can become very fruitful for the blue and gold army.