Indian Premier League 2011 April 22, 2011

Ray Price joins Mumbai Indians squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe spinner Ray Price has joined the Mumbai Indians squad for the remainder of the 2011 IPL season as a replacement for Australian allrounder Moises Henriques, who did not travel to India after having surgery in March for an adductor muscle injury.

Price was unsold at the original IPL player auction in January and Mumbai have now bought him at his reserve price of $50,000. He joined the squad a day before their eight-run win over Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium.

Price was Zimbabwe's leading wicket-taker during the World Cup with nine wickets at an average of 18.77 and economy-rate of 3.44. He becomes the second Zimbabwean to be involved with the IPL after Tatenda Taibu, who was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad in the first season of the tournament.

Price has built a reputation as a canny and bellicose limited-overs bowler and has risen to second place in the ICC's ODI bowler rankings after his performance at the World Cup. "Obviously you learn more as you get older and I think that has been the case with me and I'm very happy with the way things have been going for me at the moment," he had told News Day after regaining the No. 2 spot.

"When I started playing international cricket, one of my goals was to finish at the top and being ranked No. 2 in the world is nice but my goal now is to move up to No. 1. The busier season ahead will be a good opportunity for us to do well against the top-ranked teams and we have some time to prepare for that."

In addition to Zimbabwe's upcoming series against Bangladesh, Australia A and Pakistan, Price has an IPL stint in which to hone his skills.

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  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Congrats Raizer!!! Happy returns!

  • Prashant on April 24, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    Good buy

  • steve on April 24, 2011, 9:52 GMT


  • Jeetender on April 24, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Hey Price! nice to see u in india. hope u have a nice stay and enjoy ur time hee... best of luck for the season.. looking forward to see u in the mumbai indian team.. do well...

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Excellent!!! right on spot, again a very good decision taken by MI selectors to go for Ray Price...the left arm spinner was among the most economical bowlers in the World Cup and ended with No. 2 ratings. It's an honour for a player who belongs to the country z going through a tough phase as far as cricket is concerned.He z a very miser type of bowler, who enjoys his cricket and love tough challenges,although MI have Ali Murtaja as a left arm spinner but Price experience will add extra edge to the bowling department ...hitting him out of the Park is not a very easy thing to do...Lets c how better he performs n maintain his reputation.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Tamim iqbal will be better option in place of R would give a good start for MI.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    i think the mumbai indians pick r saish first and then pick the other ten players.what is his role in the team.he doesn't score runs and and his bowling is atrocious to say the least.he has been an integral part of mumbai indians inspite of his mediocre show in the last three is not understood how he gets the chance inthe playing elven when much more talented and better cricketers are relegated to the sidelines.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    @NARVAN - Perfectly described changes. By bringing Price, Mumbai can play five front-line bolwer. Suman is also a very good player - at least a better batsman than Sathish. Rayudu and Tendulkar should open the innings, with Suman being the backup batsman in case of a collapse.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Hope he gets a chance to prove himself......................:)

  • cric on April 23, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    Pretty good selection from MI team. Another addition to the armory. Hope Sachin will not falter in selection.

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