IPL news May 2, 2012

Mumbai sign Dwayne Smith to replace Johnson

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Muthuvel on May 5, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    folks KP is kevin p not Keiron P pls..

  • Muthuvel on May 5, 2012, 14:14 GMT

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

  • joseph 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Ritvik 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.

  • Ahmad on May 4, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @Rally_Windies Unfortunely our Best Talented players couldnt Win consistant.

  • Ahmad on May 4, 2012, 3:27 GMT

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

  • Deepak 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..!"

  • Alex 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 .

  • Satish 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..

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