IPL news May 2, 2012

Mumbai sign Dwayne Smith to replace Johnson

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Mumbai Indians have signed West Indies allrounder Dwayne Smith, who played for them in the 2008 season, to replace an injured Mitchell Johnson after Cricket Australia ruled the fast bowler out of IPL 2012. Smith is due to join the team on May 3.

Johnson failed to recover in time from surgery on his big toe, which he injured while batting in the second Test against South Africa at Wanderers last November. Smith was in good batting form in Twenty20 cricket and was the third-highest run-getter in the Caribbean T20 competition, scoring 165 runs at a strike-rate of 136.36. He also represented Khulna Royal Bengals in the Bangladesh Premier League, making 346 runs at 137.30.

Smith played four matches for Mumbai Indians in IPL's inaugural season in 2008, scoring 45 runs and claiming five wickets. The following season he moved to Deccan Chargers, where he played eight matches, scoring 215 at an average of 26.87 and claiming one wicket.

Mumbai Indians have had a few injury problems already this season. Sachin Tendulkar missed four games with an injured finger, while Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga flew home for treatment for a sore back and missed three matches. Mumbai Indians are third in the points table behind Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders. They have won five matches and lost four this season.

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  • POSTED BY Vilander on | May 5, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    folks KP is kevin p not Keiron P pls..

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | May 5, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    With the number of quality players in WI i wonder why they are not dominating t20.

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | May 4, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    How come MUMBAI always sign big names. Leaving sachin, Hitter Pollard,Toe crusher Malinga, Orange Cap Winners Ojha and RP, Reasonable Indian Keeper/batter Karthik, Best talent Rohit, Fancied Levi/Davey, Very Useful Franklin...Now another allrounder Smith. Great minds are there behind. Sure no other team has such a line up. We will and see

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    MI needs to find a way to draft in Suryakumar Yadav into the squad. He is a future star in making and we are wasting him like we wasted Rahane.

  • POSTED BY riprock on | May 4, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Gayle, Simmons, D.Smith, Bravo, Pollard, Samuels, Ramdin, Russell, Sammy, Narine, Rampaul/Roach/Edwards. The World T20 trophy is flying Caribbean come September.

  • POSTED BY Randy_Wilson on | May 4, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @Rally_Windies Unfortunely our Best Talented players couldnt Win consistant.

  • POSTED BY Randy_Wilson on | May 4, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    @ jimbond We did had that team, yet they didnt Trashed No one.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 4, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    @Zaheer Hussain - He started with MI then went to DC... so it should be "former MI back to MI..!"

  • POSTED BY mar2000 on | May 4, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    One of the best moves by any team in the IPL . Dwayne Smith has proven himself over and over again . He should Make a killing there just like GAYLE an D. BRAVO and POLLARD. Do not depend on the West Indies Selectors . Good luck SMITTY , go show the world what you got .

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 3, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Good pick and Mumbai will now have a new opener.. While Franklin is doing a decent job, Smith will replace him.. This huge inconsistency is what causing MI the consistency..

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | May 5, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    folks KP is kevin p not Keiron P pls..

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | May 5, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    With the number of quality players in WI i wonder why they are not dominating t20.

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | May 4, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    How come MUMBAI always sign big names. Leaving sachin, Hitter Pollard,Toe crusher Malinga, Orange Cap Winners Ojha and RP, Reasonable Indian Keeper/batter Karthik, Best talent Rohit, Fancied Levi/Davey, Very Useful Franklin...Now another allrounder Smith. Great minds are there behind. Sure no other team has such a line up. We will and see

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    MI needs to find a way to draft in Suryakumar Yadav into the squad. He is a future star in making and we are wasting him like we wasted Rahane.

  • POSTED BY riprock on | May 4, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Gayle, Simmons, D.Smith, Bravo, Pollard, Samuels, Ramdin, Russell, Sammy, Narine, Rampaul/Roach/Edwards. The World T20 trophy is flying Caribbean come September.

  • POSTED BY Randy_Wilson on | May 4, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @Rally_Windies Unfortunely our Best Talented players couldnt Win consistant.

  • POSTED BY Randy_Wilson on | May 4, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    @ jimbond We did had that team, yet they didnt Trashed No one.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 4, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    @Zaheer Hussain - He started with MI then went to DC... so it should be "former MI back to MI..!"

  • POSTED BY mar2000 on | May 4, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    One of the best moves by any team in the IPL . Dwayne Smith has proven himself over and over again . He should Make a killing there just like GAYLE an D. BRAVO and POLLARD. Do not depend on the West Indies Selectors . Good luck SMITTY , go show the world what you got .

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 3, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Good pick and Mumbai will now have a new opener.. While Franklin is doing a decent job, Smith will replace him.. This huge inconsistency is what causing MI the consistency..

  • POSTED BY AbhiNaik on | May 3, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    MI XI should be SRT, Davy Jacobs (WK), Rohit, Rayadu , Pollard, Suryakumar, Peterson, Powar (Buy him from Punjab), Malinga, Munaf, Dhawal Kulkarni

  • POSTED BY KrishRavi on | May 3, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    I only hope that MI again do not go in with 5 specialist bowlers - they simply do not have the batting consistency to afford to do so -RP Singh does not seem fit or effective - Should be replaced by SK Yadav and injured Pollard by Dwayne smith if available or Thisara perera - Franklin should open

  • POSTED BY AbhiNaik on | May 3, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    RR this year are playing more Mumbai players in their XI as compared to MI. MI is fast becoming a Manchester City without the actual results. Fair play to CSK, DD and RCB for sticking with local talent wrt coaching and playing eleven. MI should get rid of Rahul Sanghvi, Rhodes, Robin Singh and get Chandu Pandit as Coach.Amongst players get rid of Dinesh K, Abu Nechim, Rahul Shukla (Why did he play instead of Dhawal), Chahal, Bhajji, Suman, Dwayne Smith, Blizzard, Mckay, Jaydev Shah, RP Singh.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | May 3, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Many of the other teams could also have done with Dwayne Smith (how is it that Mumbai is able to spend more money than the other teams?). A truly attacking batsman, a tight bowler- and one of the better fielders out there. I visualise an alternative team of WI- which contains the like of Dwayne Smith, Gayle, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard,Baugh, Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor, Rampaul, Bishoo, Narine- which can possible thrash the 'Official' WICB team.

  • POSTED BY KrishRavi on | May 3, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    with the current limited options available mi should play SRT , Franklin ,r sharma , kartik , d smith , rayadu ,s k yadav ,robertson , bhajji , malinga , m patel - 4 reg bowlers/2 all rounders pace / i part time spinner r sharma / 1 part time m pace yadav and hve seven batsmen with bhajji and perterson to folloow

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Glad to see him back in the IPL... another victim of the Sammy WIC conspiracy.

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | May 3, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Mumbai should have picked andre russell in the auction, he is warming delhi's bench. Levi will explode for sure, give him another chance, last match it was a dream delivery for steyn which no batsman could have done anything. Having the little master on the otherside, levi can easily build his innings.

  • POSTED BY krishay on | May 2, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Good uck Dwayne!! Another of the West Indies players that performed well this year and was rejected by the WICB selectors

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Another former Charger goes to Mumbai Indians!

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    smith is not a bad buy,but the question is whether he will be in the starting line up

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Welcome move by MI, Smith's presence can give some kinda stability in the middle, especially when KP is not his best form.

  • POSTED BY Sriim on | May 2, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    @Ricardo rampersad ("this is a good move by mumbai,cause he can field,bat and bowl")

    I believe you would call someone a cricketer only when he can field, bat and bowl......

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    too many cooks spoil the broth !!thats the case of mumbai indians !!they have some 35-40 players in all and havent quite figured their best combination so they are not as lethal as they were taunted to be !!not surprising though!!its just such a shame to see KULKARNI SUMAN all carrying water bottles !!

  • POSTED BY Sriim on | May 2, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    @Norwalker: Gibbs has his finger hurt.. That is why he isn't playing..

    Finally, a player who can open with SRT and show some consistency... We'll see.. Good for MI... Good Luck Smith!

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    i thnk MI should leave H.GIBBS/D.JACOBS/A.BLIZARD 4 DWAYNE SMITH as a permanent foreign memberof the squad...........

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    @norwalker Gibbs is injured and hence has not played a match yet.

  • POSTED BY HusseyForever on | May 2, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Let's pray IPL gives WI players more money than NBA. We wanna see carribean talent flowing in cricket again.

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | May 2, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Good grab by MI. But he should get an opportunity to play as he is in good striking form.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 2, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Good signing. He can open the batting too which is probably what Mumbai need. However, Gibbs has recovered from his injury, so he will play tomorrow I guess. :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    do whatever you want but MI will not even get into semis, people like the team only for Sachin once he is out of the team people won't bother to spit at it, they are so desparate to win buying all the players from India and other countries with the money they got - "You can't buy class"

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Dwayne's been in good form of late and this is a good move by Mumbai.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    i think MI should have gone for MARTIN GUPTIL as the team is struggling with the opener Richard Levi..

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    @norwalker Gibbs is injured

  • POSTED BY NYer on | May 2, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Gibbs hasn't gotten a chance yet. Doubt it if Dwayne will.

  • POSTED BY phendel on | May 2, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    good to see another WI player in the IPL......now 8 in total.....a very good build-up to the World T20 this year.....hopefully he replaces the struggling Pollard as the all rounder or maybe Levi!!!

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 2, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    IPL or WIPL ?

    I think West Indian players should be not considered as foreign players any more ..

    if the WICB doesn't want the best WI players, who cares !... their loss is every one else's gain ...........

    at least the deserving players who are snubbed by the WICB benefit from foreign contracts ... this is good for CRICKET, as it keeps talented player PLAYING CRICKET ... in the Caribbean, people like Narine and Pollard are EVERYWHERE .... they are taxi drivers, clerks, teachers, doctors, lawyers, ect ... the IPL gives them a chance to earn a living playing cricket ......

  • POSTED BY ultimatewarrior on | May 2, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Where is Lonwan Tsotsobe.........

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    this is a good move by mumbai,cause he can field,bat and bowl

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  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    this is a good move by mumbai,cause he can field,bat and bowl

  • POSTED BY ultimatewarrior on | May 2, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Where is Lonwan Tsotsobe.........

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 2, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    IPL or WIPL ?

    I think West Indian players should be not considered as foreign players any more ..

    if the WICB doesn't want the best WI players, who cares !... their loss is every one else's gain ...........

    at least the deserving players who are snubbed by the WICB benefit from foreign contracts ... this is good for CRICKET, as it keeps talented player PLAYING CRICKET ... in the Caribbean, people like Narine and Pollard are EVERYWHERE .... they are taxi drivers, clerks, teachers, doctors, lawyers, ect ... the IPL gives them a chance to earn a living playing cricket ......

  • POSTED BY phendel on | May 2, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    good to see another WI player in the IPL......now 8 in total.....a very good build-up to the World T20 this year.....hopefully he replaces the struggling Pollard as the all rounder or maybe Levi!!!

  • POSTED BY NYer on | May 2, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Gibbs hasn't gotten a chance yet. Doubt it if Dwayne will.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    @norwalker Gibbs is injured

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    i think MI should have gone for MARTIN GUPTIL as the team is struggling with the opener Richard Levi..

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Dwayne's been in good form of late and this is a good move by Mumbai.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    do whatever you want but MI will not even get into semis, people like the team only for Sachin once he is out of the team people won't bother to spit at it, they are so desparate to win buying all the players from India and other countries with the money they got - "You can't buy class"

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 2, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Good signing. He can open the batting too which is probably what Mumbai need. However, Gibbs has recovered from his injury, so he will play tomorrow I guess. :)