IPL 2014 news January 10, 2014

Mumbai retain Rohit, Malinga, Pollard, Harbhajan and Rayudu

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mumbai Indians have retained Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu ahead of IPL 2014. This means that the franchise will have one right-to-match card, and Rs 210 million, at their disposal at the auction in February.

Rohit had been appointed captain by Mumbai midway through the previous IPL, taking over from Ricky Ponting, and led them to wins in both the IPL and the Champions League T20. Rohit has been one of the most consistent batsmen in the IPL with 2513 runs at 32.63 and a strike rate of 129.66 - second only to Chennai Super Kings' Suresh Raina on the runs chart.

Sri Lanka's Malinga signed with Mumbai in 2009, and has been with them since. He is the only bowler with more than 100 wickets IPL to his name - his 103 scalps have come at 17.95, and he has conceded just over a run-a-ball (6.54 per over).

Kieron Pollard, the big-hitting West Indies allrounder, was retained despite doubts over a knee injury that has kept him out of action since October.

Harbhajan, who has been with the franchise since the inaugural IPL, has often filled in as captain and in 2011, standing in for the injured Sachin Tendulkar, he led Mumbai to the Champions League T20 title. "I am very happy because I have been with Mumbai Indians since the first day, for the last seven years," Harbhajan said. "I'm hoping [the now-retired] Sachin Tendulkar will be with us in the dugout. Without Tendulkar it will be very strange."

India batsman Rayudu completes the list but missing out were wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik and Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who was in red-hot form during the recent Ashes.

The retention rules allow for a franchise to keep on a maximum of five players, of which a maximum of four can be capped India players. Since Mumbai have retained only three capped India players, they can use their right-to-match card at the auction to buy another India player.

A fixed amount will be deducted from Mumbai Indians' auction purse of Rs 600 million (approx. US$ 9.6 million, at the current exchange rate) for each player retained: Rs 125 million for player one, Rs 95 million for player two, Rs 75 million for player three, Rs 55 million for player four and Rs 40 million for player five. That will leave the franchise with Rs 210 million to spend at the auction. This season, each squad must include no less than 16 and no more than 27 players, with a maximum of nine overseas players.

The amount deducted from the auction purse is not necessarily the IPL fee agreed to between the franchise and the retained player.

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  • sushil on January 11, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    Maxi should be choosen using right to match..

  • James on January 11, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Malinga is the best choice for them. He is the best T20 bowler in the world. Amazing!! He is asked to bowl in super overs and in last 4 overs But still he is at 6.5 per over. He is an attacking bowler , economic bowler. He is warne of fast bowling. Has lot of weapons. Yorker, bouncer, slow bouncer, slow low full toss, regular outswing.

  • PRASHANT on January 11, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Missing wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik and Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who was in red-hot form during the recent Ashes.Only one Right to match card should be used for MJ.

  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Retaining Rayudu doesn't seem to be appreciated by a lot of fans. we must not forget what a good finisher he is, nothing less than Pollard or Rohit. Moreover, he must have been Sachin's choice. I am sure, if put to auction he would be sold for more than Virus, Pathans or Yuvrajs... All the best Rayudu!

  • James on January 11, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    Harbajan probably justifies his place because of his batting skills; am not so sure of Pollard and Malinga- both are past their prime. Mumbai would have done far better to go in with Dwayne Smith and Johnson (he is a better batsman than Harbajan, and obviously a much better bowler). Rohit Sharma and Rayudu are good picks, very good finishers in the T20 format. Other teams would also welcome the release of Maxwell. From the teams retained, I guess we have seen the end of dominance of the 'big' teams like CSK, MI, RCB, KKR etc.

  • ESPN on January 11, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    Also think Mumbai should have kept Dwayne Smith at the top of the order. Good player in this format

  • harnandan on January 10, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    Waste of money on Pollard he is totally overratted cricketer.

  • harnandan on January 10, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    Good decision by MI team becoz Harbhajan is far better than Ahwin and Jadeja even now ,He is also good hitter and reliable batsman than Ashwin and Jadeja(atleast) And I dont understand why ashwin is regarded as better batsman As Harbhajan also has two hundreds.IF they r better than bhaji why there overseas record is no where near to bhaji.Aswhin and Jadeja playing just becoz of always overratted captain DHONI who always want wickets according to them and still loose in India.

  • S on January 10, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    They released Johnson. Hope Sunrisers pick Mitch up. Would love to watch Mitch and Steyn bowling at tandem.