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Mumbai retain Rohit, Malinga, Pollard, Harbhajan and Rayudu

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January 10, 2014

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Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard celebrate after winning the match, Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Mumbai, May 13, 2013
Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard will remain with Mumbai Indians © BCCI

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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Posted by mifan558 on (January 11, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

Maxi should be choosen using right to match..

Posted by JamesSmithee 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.

Posted by PBHAWAR 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.

Posted by   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!

Posted by jimbond 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by harsidhu on (January 10, 2014, 22:57 GMT)

Waste of money on Pollard he is totally overratted cricketer.

Posted by harsidhu 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.

Posted by SevereCritic 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.

Posted by lankavigi on (January 10, 2014, 21:08 GMT)

I am very surprised that Malinga has been retained, especially due to his poor form of late with SL. What's more surprising is that Mitchell Johnson, who's been Australia's best of recent and Dinesh Karthik, an awsome pinch hitter, have not been given a chance.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 10, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

The way Dwayne Smith batted in the both IPL and CLT20 matched with his outstanding fielding and optional bowling he could go for million in the auction !

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

Mi will retain johnson by Rtmc

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

MI picked all the players based on loyalty, country board, fitness history.... We all know Eng and Aussies players give more preference to country and it is matter of 3 years. hence they preferred Pollard and Malinga over Johnson and Maxwell. Johnson is same player who refused for IPL 1, 2, 3 quoting he is interested for country level cricket and want to avoid burn down... with current form he is in he would always prefer to play ODI and Test for Oz rather IPL... again it is matter of 3 years not only IPL 7

Posted by rahulkb on (January 10, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Man, now i really want Sun risers to pick up Johnson. If they do, would be a rare occassion to see Steyn and Johnson bowling in tandem. Deadly sight for opposition batsmen..

Posted by shripadk on (January 10, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

Lot of people have short memories. Johnson terrorised England with fast short bowling. There is not too much short stuff allowed in T20. Pitches wont be as bouncy. So Malinga is obvious choice here to do wicket taking or containing mode. Johnson went for plenty towards the end of IPL 2013. They will definitely try to buy him back only because of his current form. But they couldn't risk loosing Malinga or Pollard.

Also someone talked about how Mumbai could buyback Johnson when they already have 2 foreign players in retention.

The retention rule mentions restriction on capped Indian players. Not on foreign players. They can still buy back Johnson.

And as they have not retained all 4 Indian players during retention, they can even buy back Indian player like DK if they want to and if he is going for affordable price. So they have both options open. Mumbai could still afford to go broke on 1-2 star players and fill rest with uncapped utility players or local bowlers like Thakur.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

What about Dwayne Smith???? I think that he too is a very important player for the Indians.

Posted by Prakhs on (January 10, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Considering the recent form and the options in hand, MI should have picked Mitchell Johnson and Dinesh Karthik instead of Malinga and Rayudu. Malinga is completely out of form while Rayudu has not played any competitive cricket and has been travelling with Team India since eternity. On the other hand, Johnson is in the form of his life while DK is one of the most reliable batsman MI have had, moreover being a good keeper adds to his advantage.

Posted by class9ryan on (January 10, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

They are gonna miss out on at least 2 between D Smith, Johnson, Karthik or Maxwell. All these could go to heavenly numbers in the auctions. I am satisfied with the decision Rayudu over Karthik but strongly disappointed on the fact that they haven't realized how well Johnson, Malinga worked in pair. Nonetheless they still look too good.

Posted by numero_uno1 on (January 10, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

I think MI has gone for the loyalty and its fair enough, its more important that there is trust between the players and the management. The players who are playing since long time for MI are preferred.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

I am very surprised they didnt retain DK!

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

how MI can retain MJ in Match Card as they have already retained two Foreign players ??

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

Nooooo. Mumbai should have retained Smith instead of Rayudu. Why no Smith. It would be a lot more difficult for Mumbai to win without Smith. They should get Smith, Johnson and Maxwell at any cost.

Posted by sarangsrk on (January 10, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

Bad picks by Mumbai given the current form. I would have picked Maxwell over Pollard, Johnson over Bhajji and Karthik over Rayudu but who knows what happens in the background? I hope they pickup Smith and Johnson in auction. They can't depend on Pollard who is all show and very little performance.

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (January 10, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

MI lack experience at the top! & they are without a quality wicket keeper !.. someone like Kumar Sangakkara will be a great addition to their setup. I strongly beleive Virender Sehwag will find his form soon. I hope MI will bid for him.guess they are thinking to buy Jhonson via the right to match card. this will be a perfect team for this season: Sehwag, Sangakkara, Rohit, Maxwell/Pollard, Rayudu, local batsman, Rishi Dhawan, Harbhajan, Jhonson, Malinga, local bowler

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (January 10, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

Mumbai has done good by picking 2 batsman, 2 bowlers and an all rounder. Comparing to CSK picks, they have done better in the blower picking 1 fast and 1 spin bowler. They have captain in the 5. But they have missed out on retaining a keeper batsman unlike CSK. Karthik would have been a smart choice than Rayudu.Hopefully they will pick in auction. May be Karthik was asking more than Rayudu and probably they took a chance to send him to auction.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

Should have retained Jhonson instead of Malinga and Karthik instead of Rayudu...and a toss up between Maxwell and Pollard i wud pick Maxwell..but that is a tough one...the resr are fair picks!!!

Posted by Niju_001 on (January 10, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

Well, it was difficult for Mumbai to chose whom to retain. They have done a better job but still In my opinion Johnson could have been a better bet than Malinga. But also we have to see how many matches the Aussie will be available this season; maybe a reason why they left him out. 1 pacer, 1 spinner, 1 top order batsman, 1 middle order batsman and one all rounder. They have certainly done their homework well. Its all about filling the gaps now. Hope they do well this season too.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

@pyro 79 MI will buy back johnson with their' right to match' card irrespective of what the rcb bid for him. all Mumbai has to do is match the amount which they surely will, given their financial clout.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 10, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

Dwayne Smith should be bought back he was vital in them winning both IPL and CLT20 last year! It'll be a bit of a snub not to reward him after his outstanding performance. I imagine they will also buy Johnson but with him back in Aus Test side he may become less available.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

Mumbai will use 'right to match' card to buy back Mitchel Johnson irrespective of what bidding the opponents do for Johnson. so Mumbai with their financial might will match the bid & get him back.so nucleus of MI is still intact. to me they r favourites to win the title again.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

great choice retaining bhajji.. he is in excellent form taking 17 wickets in 2 ranji matches. he in not in the indian only bcoz he doesnt play for csk like ashwin

Posted by shripadk on (January 10, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

Johnson will be bought back by Mumbai. No doubt about it. They might also go for Smith in auction.

Lot of people questioning retention of Harbhajan. Remember, this is T20. Even in ODIs which Harbhajan played recently, he was hard to get away for runs. He may not be taking bucket of wickets, but he is hard hitter of ball and he does not give away runs. This is very important in T20. As important as batsman of Pollard's caliber.

This is best they could do. They will go for couple more high profile players in auction and then local utility players. That is the way to go about it.

Posted by Shajahan.P on (January 10, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

@TheDarkKnight1988: Maxwell is not in the regular 11 bcz MI must needed two gud pace attack (Malinga, Johnson). But Maxwell is a Green pitch player and far better than Pollard. Pollard/Smith are not too effective against Pace attack. Hope you would have followed him in recent "India A" tour and "Ind vs Aus" ODI series.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

On any day dk is better batsman than rayudu and pollard is overrated he score 1 out of 10 times. They should have retained maxwell who is at his form of his life and malinga is out of form now.. See he is struggling for srilanka ,he has put on a lot of weight ... They should have retained johnson over him..

Posted by Gursimran58 on (January 10, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

all of this aside why doesnt Gurinder Sandhu play IPL! he is such a outstanding player in Australia

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

oh my Mumbai Indians you lost the key. MJ can easily bought by the other big names (CSK or RCB). DK is a very good player to loose foolishly. Maxwell is far better than Kieren. Dwayne made your last year as title winners. You have forgotten you core. Be ready to pay the price. They will come hard at you.

Posted by Shajahan.P on (January 10, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

See except Rohit the other 4 retained are with MI from first season. Gone with emotional. MI will miss Maxwell hardly. A.Tare is Mumbai's regular talented WK and he played several IPL for them. So DK would not opted by MI as well as CSK. Already DK was downgraded in CLT20 matches. He was sent in number 5/6. Do you think (the Indian XI) Rohit, Dhoni will like DK shining somewhere on the same ground! Hope he will be picked by SRH/DD.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 12:35 GMT)


Posted by TheDarkKnight1988 on (January 10, 2014, 12:33 GMT)

Those who r saying maxwell, he wasnt even there in regular 11.and we have a keeper in aditya tare in place of dk.retaining all players is tough,smith johnson ojha dk,MI should get them anyhow. maxwell not needed. 4 foreigners smith polly mali johnson

Posted by pyro79 on (January 10, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

now rcb can get mitch n the team wud be just perfect!!!

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

according to current form how come bhajji???

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

Good from MI, now CSK can pick Dinesh Karthik

Posted by Twinkie on (January 10, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

Has anyone checked the last tournament's statistics? They would not have won without Dwayne Smith!

Posted by troll401 on (January 10, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

Crazy! Johnson will sell for tons in the auction. Which means even if we use Joker card, we lose a LOT of money. On the other hand if someone like Bhajji is excluded, he could have easily bought back using Joker card as there is not much demand for him. Mitch is a monster now I can't believe we let him go like this. Most likely RCB will make a giant bid which we will fail to match for Mitch.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

The retention should have been RS, DK, GM, LM & AR they should get MJ & DS with the right to match card

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

Malinga will not be a hit as he used to be, Johnson in his place would have been ideal. And Karthik instead of Ambati. Then they could have bought Maxwell with card.

Posted by class9ryan on (January 10, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

Johnson, Maxwell, Dinesh, Dwayne Smith just a tad too many. I'm not sure if any of them is back with Mumbai again because they are sure to be bidden very high.

Posted by tapi123 on (January 10, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

for Mumbai - Rohit, Pollard, Malinga, Jhonson, Maxwell the best five

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

I think only two foreign players can be retained .

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

Disappointed that Karthik wasn't retrained. Karthik way better than Rayudu. Need to get Johnson back with the Right to match card.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

This was a mistake. They should have gone for Mitchell Johnson instead. Also they should have opted for Dinesh Kaarthick instead of Rayudu. Anyway, they may still go for both of them at the Aunction.

Posted by krish2486 on (January 10, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

surprise retains are harbhajan and rayudu over dwayne smith and d karthik

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

Mitch should have been retained..No doubt in that...hopefully we will get him back in the auction...

Posted by Rohan0309 on (January 10, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

Disheartening. Will be difficult to "match" for Maxwell, Johnson, Smith and Karthik in the auction. Not sure Harbhajan deserves a place there. Could very well have been Johnson or Karthik. Matching Harbhajan might have been a cheaper affair.

Posted by loke_cricfan on (January 10, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

Instead of Pollard, MI should have picked "Million Dollar Baby" Maxwell can hit bigger than Pollard, Pollard is just hype...

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

Harbhajan is wrong retain, should have been Johnson

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

Keeping Rayudu is a wise decision by MI.... he is groomed to be a finisher and with Sachin around he is going to make most of this IPL and soon will be in India colors.... go Rayudu!!!!

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

i think rishi dhawan should had been retained instead of harbhajan because of his all round ability and him being an uncapped player means more money to spend on other playres

Posted by pyro79 on (January 10, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

rayudu ahead of miaxwell???what bout mitch???really bad stratergy...

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:32 GMT)

was expecting M Johnson to be retained in stead of Singh. rest all fine

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

And what about Mitchel Johnson?

Posted by madras_boy on (January 10, 2014, 11:30 GMT)

DK for CSK - may be time for him to return Home !

Posted by Jerryraj on (January 10, 2014, 11:30 GMT)

Raydu over Maxwell, have all seen the form of Maxwell in BBL. 1M baby in last IPL. - very funny decision by Mumbai

Posted by bhambri on (January 10, 2014, 11:28 GMT)

I think Johnson should have been retained ahead of Rayudu as he is in great form.He can make the ball swing,seam but most importantly he has pace and bounce.He can bowl a firing spell at any time as we have seen in the Ashes and can change the course of the game in just few minutes.

Posted by TheDarkKnight1988 on (January 10, 2014, 11:28 GMT)

As a MI fan i am happy, rayudu's inclusion surprised me a bit, i guess one of dk/johnson will be bought and the other one by using the right to match card,johnson is must , dk can be replaced by any young talent if MI fail to get him in the auction, MI AND CSK Will not change the core of the team, they will try to build the same team they had last year

Posted by loke_cricfan on (January 10, 2014, 11:27 GMT)

Mitchell Johnson should have been in the 5....

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

Raydu ?????? drop himm Maxwell is better selection.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

Should have been Dinesh Karthik instead of Rayudu. Both are excellent batsmen but DK's wicketkeeping is far ahead. Their right-to-match card will be most probably for Mitchell Johnson. Which means DK is up for grabs in the auction, and I expect a scramble for him.

Posted by allthegoodnamesaretaken on (January 10, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

Malinga chosen over Johnson, guess Malinga's performance for the Stars had something to do with it

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

Where is MJ. MI will surely miss him.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

Big Mistake to leave out Mitch n DK unless Mumbai think of making Rayudu keep. RCB will snap up Mitch at such a high price where MI wouldn't use Right to match card.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

They Should Have Retained Jhonshon ......

Posted by dhawalshah85 on (January 10, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

Wondering how could they leave out Mitchell Johnson who is in the prime form of his life !!! Mitch would have been a better bet than Bhajji..

Posted by CricketMaan on (January 10, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

So where does Mitch go? guess they will use the 'card' for him in auction? Will be intresting to see who opens. it was funny to see Ricky and SRT open in the last edition and they've always had issues with opening partners.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

what about Mitchell Johnson

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

I Can't Understand Why There Is No Johnson !!!???

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

bit disappointed they should have retained karthik than rayudu i hope they can get him in joker card

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

Pathetic strategy. No Mitchell Johnson. Were they thinking to buy him via the right to match card? Bad decison. Rayudu over Maxwell? Rayudu over Dinesh Karthik? Gone crazy!

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