Former Indian slugger Aakash Chopra believes the Mumbai Indians (MI) will not retain West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard for the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) season.
Pollard, 35, who recently announced his retirement from the national team, has had a horror run with the racquet. He played 11 IPL 2022 matches in which he hit just 144 runs with an average of 14.40 and a batting average of 107.46.
The writing was on the wall for the Windies white-ball legend when he was dropped from the XI for the final few games of the season.
Pollard’s poor run coincided with MI’s worst performance to date in the IPL as they finished bottom of the 10-team competition, winning just four of their 14 games. Looking ahead to the next season, Chopra picked a few names he thought Mumbai should release. On his YouTube channel he said:
“I think we saw Kieron Pollard last. £6 crore released if you don’t keep it. I think they can also let go of Murugan Ashwin (₹1.6 crore). Not sure about Jaydev Unadkat (£1.3m) but Tymal Mills (£1.5m) they can definitely say goodbye.”
Chopra shifted the focus to the positive, choosing young slugger Tilak Varma as the franchise’s standout player of the season. Praising the 19-year-old, he said:
“He’s absolutely brilliant. He got the chance to beat the order and delivered. It is an investment in the future. He has a very good temper and it doesn’t look like he’s going to get any blues in season two. Also, Mumbai didn’t show enough confidence in Tim David. But when they did, he showed his talent.”
Varma finished the season with 397 runs in 14 games with an average of 36.09 and a batting average of 131.02. David hammered 186 runs in eight games with a sensational batting average of 216.28.
“It’s a very one-dimensional team” – Aakash Chopra on a major weakness of the MI squad
Concluding his thoughts on Mumbai’s IPL 2022 roster, Chopra said the punch is in good shape but the team lacks all-rounders. He explained:
“There are no problems with batting as such. The problem is the lack of all-rounders. It’s a very one-dimensional team. Batsmen don’t bowl, bowlers don’t bat. There they were plowed back. Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya and Pollard used to do that job, but that’s not happening now.”
Both Krunal and Hardik were released by Mumbai ahead of the IPL 2022 auction. While the former was bought by the Lucknow franchise, the latter was picked off the draft list and made captain by Gujarat.
Hardik has led his new team to the IPL 2022 finals and has received plenty of praise for his leadership.
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