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Mumbai Indians sign Lendl Simmons

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 29, 2014

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Lendl Simmons drills one down the ground, Australia v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur, March 28, 2014
Lendl Simmons will be with Mumbai Indians for the remainder of the tournament © Getty Images

Lendl Simmons, the West Indies batsman, has signed up for the Mumbai Indians after the IPL technical committee approved him as a replacement for Jalaj Saxena. Saxena had been ruled out the season after sustaining a finger injury in his right hand during a training session.

Simmons, who has played close to 100 international matches for West Indies, had a stellar season with Guyana Amazon Warriors in last year's Caribbean Premier League, where he emerged as the team's highest run-getter with 263 runs from nine matches at 33.25 to power them into the final, which they eventually lost against Jamaica Tallawahs.

Since then, however, Simmons' form has tailed off a little in the shortest format. He managed just 77 runs from five matches in the Champions League Twenty20 for Trinidad & Tobago, and was just as indifferent in West Indies' World T20 campaign, where he scored just 88 runs in five innings.

Simmons is likely to be available for Mumbai Indians' next match, against Sunrisers Hyderabad tomorrow. His new team have had a dismal start to the season, losing their opening four games and are rooted at the bottom of the IPL table.

South Africa's Rossouw joins Royal Challengers
Royal Challengers Bangalore have named South African batsman Rilee Rossouw as the replacement for Nic Maddinson, who was ruled out of the IPL because of a hand injury. Rossouw, who represents South African franchise Knights, has scored 1362 Twenty20 runs at a strike-rate of 126.81 and was the top-scorer for the franchise in this year's domestic T20 competition. He had been part of the Royal Challengers squad for the 2012 season.

Shouldn't have batted at No.3 - Gambhir
With three noughts from four matches, Gautam Gambhir has been one of the flops of IPL 2014 so far. After registering ducks in his first three innings, Gambhir demoted himself down to No.3, but found little success even there, as he scratched around for a five-ball 1 against Kings XI Punjab. Gambhir took full responsibility for his decision, which backfired and resulted in a second loss for Kolkata Knight Riders.

"I am not sure of my decision to have batted down the order in the last game against Kings XI Punjab," Gambhir wrote in Hindustan Times . "I think it not only made me even more anxious sitting and waiting for my turn but more importantly, it disrupted Manish Pandey's rhythm who was surely finding his bearings at the No 3 slot.

"I wanted to see if I got my form back by dropping down the order. The bigger picture was that if I scored runs at No 3 and got my confidence back then it would surely augur well for the team and I can go back to opening the innings in the next game.

"But we missed an equally important aspect: how will the other batsmen react to this shuffle. More importantly, in hindsight, I felt I let down the leader in me. I should have taken the bull by its horns and continued trying to excel while opening the batting."

Sandeep revels under experienced heads

While Glenn Maxwell and David Miller have hogged most of the headlines for Kings XI's perfect start to the season, Sandeep Sharma has quietly been making a name for himself. Boasting an impressive economy rate of 5.63, Sandeep already has seven wickets, as well as two Man-of-the-Match awards to his name, and the medium-pacer credited the senior members in the side for their valuable inputs.

"Bala paaji (L Balaji) has been really helpful when it comes to preparing me for situations where I might get hit for runs and will have to maintain my cool," Sandeep told iplt20.com. "This is his seventh IPL and he has faced a lot of difficult situations while bowling. Talking to him about it will keep me better mentally and physically equipped to face such situations when they arrive.

"(Mitchell) Johnson and I are completely different type of bowlers, but what I have been leaning immensely from him is how to prepare yourself for the match in your practice sessions, how to conduct yourself confidently on the field and how to plan your moves based on the batsmen and situation.

"For instance, in our last match (against KKR), I was bowling my last over and was hit for boundaries off the first two balls. Mitchell came to me and said that the bowling plan and the field that I was using was for a top-order batsman and it will not work against the tail-enders. He asked me to bowl straight length balls from over the wicket instead of using variations and trying to create angles."

Maxwell catch was easier - Starc

Mitchell Starc has described his stunning diving catch to dismiss Glenn Maxwell in Royal Challengers Bangalore's last game as a "little easier" than his equally brilliant effort near the boundary to get rid of Wriddhiman Saha.

"Maxi's catch was more satisfying because he has been scoring heavily and I was happy to get him out cheaply. It didn't do us any good in the end but I was happy to take a couple of good ones," Starc said. "Technically, however, I found Maxi's catch a little easier. Saha had hit the ball hard and I didn't know to which part of the boundary it was going. Also, I had to maintain my balance very close to the rope. For me, getting low in front is easier than the balancing act."

With already several deserving nominees for catch of the tournament, Starc's two grabs are also bound to make the list, and the seamer shed light on his technique which has served him well over the years.

"I always have my fingers pointed down; I don't like to catch with fingers facing skywards," he said. "Back home, most players favour the reverse cup method and some also say it is easier to get into the right position. But I have been used to the other method since childhood and it has stayed with me."

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Posted by   on (April 30, 2014, 23:19 GMT)

It's a little too late for Mumbai. There's not much Lendi Simmons or anyone else can do at this last minute

Posted by   on (April 30, 2014, 22:39 GMT)

With simmons you sure you will get at least a 30 or 40 runs. It is a good choice and could be bad to

Posted by BigINDFan on (April 30, 2014, 19:23 GMT)

MI is gong to lose big time this IPL for two reasons - lack of good quality local players and horribly wrong overseas picks except Malinga. Now they are 5 down and it will be hard to catch up. Also lose the legends and support staff - what is Ponting and Sachin doing in the dugout? What is the coach doing? Lendl Simmons is not a bad choice but he needs to open the innings. MI XI should be Simmons/Dunk, Rayudu, Rohit, Anderson, Pollard, Tare/Badri, Gautam, Harbhajan, Zak, Ojha, Malinga

Posted by binu.emiliya on (April 30, 2014, 18:35 GMT)

The better option was Young Sarfraz khan or Badrinath

Posted by StevieS on (April 30, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

I would drop Pollard and Hussey, not sure who I would replace them with though maybe Dunk and a local Indian batsman as Simmons is no good at any form and that would also allow you to bring in de Lange.

Posted by CricketMaan on (April 30, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

Interesting to see CSK quite on Bravo's replacement. I like the way they are taking it slowly. I wonder if they would go for a like to like all rounder as replacement or pick a batsman. Luke Wright, Azhar Mahmood are two that comes mind quickly, but Luke's bowling is fluke and Azhar may not be able to repeat his Kings XI performance.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

Simmons is a very good pick why, MI need a good number 3 or 4 player that is steady and will get it going. No doubt that MI have the ability to spot talent but some how manage to loose them. Bravo Polllard and numerous players was discovered by the MI, Simmons is in the T20 circuit and is inform so that's great. My suggestion is that Hussey and Anderson will be drop, try something new there is nothing to loose use Simmons and Santokie i know the WI players may be ridicule because they are not Australian are other big name nation but WI players are pretty good at T20 its not the talent why their not doing well in longer format its mentality to stay there. so this format suits them perfectly and Simmons will be a hit in Mumbai he will consistently give 30-50 runs that which smith was doing until they realize that if its not broken don't fix it

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (April 30, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

Hussey is sure to fire today if he plays. He had a good BBL this year. Tare and Gautham are good batsmen. But they are playing too aggressively and throwing their wickets away. Considering the form of the batsmen at the moment, SRH will win. Bowling attack is strong on both sides.

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (April 30, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

This was MI's chance to correct a mistake and they continued to make the ones that landed them in such a bad position. There is no point buying new overseas players when your local batsmen are your weak link. Badri would've been a good choice, but if not him, I am sure there were some batsmen in the local circuit better than the lot MI has. How do they plan on playing Simmons in their XI?

Posted by vivekanandanarulmozhi on (April 30, 2014, 4:46 GMT)

lendl simmons is another bad pick by mumbai, why they cant pick badrinath for an injured local player. mumbai need an solid indian middle order batsmen. If they pick badri then rohit and hussey/Ben dunk can open and have good middle order with badri,rayadu,pollard,anderson. But mumbai missed the trick. I think simmons will not get any matches.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (April 29, 2014, 20:10 GMT)

@ Syed Ali Raza Gardezi: The IPL is a MAJOR success in the UAE and will continue to be an even bigger success when the league returns to India. It has been a success for the last 7 years and will continue to be a success for another 100 years. We support the inclusion of Pakistanis in the IPL but that doesn't mean our league will fail without them. Please get your emotions in check.

Posted by StarHawk on (April 29, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

@Syed Ali Raza, says who??? IPL is, and will always be the biggest t20 tournament in the world. This edition is already a big hit. We all want the Pakistani players to play in the IPL, but the lack of Pakistani players haven't taken any sheen away from this wonderful tournament. It's a grand success!

Posted by   on (April 29, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

this ipl is a total flop.without the likes of shahid afridi, saeed AJMAL, ahmed shehzad, gul, hafeez.misbah.gul.umar akmal.imran nazir.irfan.junaid.and many many more this tournment cant be a sucsess

Posted by   on (April 29, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

lendl simmons not a bad choice but i guess there more better options in cameron white,martin guptill, henry davids or alex hales

Posted by bandhababbloo on (April 29, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

Replacing a domestic player with an international? Wouldn't it have been better to rope in a local talent, like Badrinath?

Posted by ramz30380 on (April 29, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

Azhar Mahmood wud have been a better choice!

Posted by   on (April 29, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

now it is confirmed mumbai indians have Junk Tank instead of think Tank.These junk tank should explain why they preferred Hussey and ojha over maxwell and johnson.it show's the junk tank were great player's but very little in their top floor .with lendl simmons they showed they just cant think straight.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2014, 13:57 GMT)

Mumbai just gav away smith the opener who alwas provide runs for the team takes away pressure and it makes easy for the middle orders. well, thats history now. they clearly indeed of a aggressive opener like smith. how about a young kusal Perera who almost plays 95% like sanath. someone like him and could do it for mumbai. They had options too. hales could be one of them. Martin Guptil and etc ...

Posted by YsaKaru on (April 29, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

sl player were missing badly...

Posted by   on (April 29, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

Simmonds is a good pic...currently in form

Posted by MSDR on (April 29, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

Mum should have bought badrinath!!!

Posted by   on (April 29, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

really sad that the young U-19 dint get the chance. One way its ok, as they still have lot of age left in them, but we shouldnt forget the the greatest of players started their career at very young age.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

Why are the rules tilted in favour of Mumbai Indians? A local injured player to be replaced by an overseas player? Now, are they going to play with 4 or 5 overseas players (like what they did during the CLT20 tournament in year 2011)?

Posted by   on (April 29, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

Mumbai Indians are really pathetic in this year auction. Selecting Simmons is one more terrible bad decision.What they need some good Indian batsman. Last year they win both CLT20 and IPL because of DK, D. Smith, MJ, and yes Maxwell. Now they have none! In right to match card they had chosen Pragyan Itha! What a joke. They retained rarely performing Pillars and give away MJ and Maxwell. Its good to see both top scorer of this year IPL are ex Mumbai Indians. Now they don't have any world class opener, any middle order. Their all Indian bowlers are also off the flavour. Bajji, Zaheer ,Ogha already past their prime and none of them can get selected in India T20 team. Pollard is comming back from injury. It is certain this year Mumbai team will top from the bottom. They can win even single match only when other team have very bad day.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

MI should have gone for hales from england as he looks good against spin as well

Posted by   on (April 29, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

Simmons could be perfect replacement for struggling mike hussey

Posted by   on (April 29, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

It is really very astonishing that young Indian guns like Unmukt Chand, Vijay Zol, Baba Aprajit, Kuldeep Yadav, Manan Bohra etc didn't get even single game to play. Most of the teams are hesitant to replace even non performing players. These all are excellent young players and deserve a chance in playing Xi. Anyone see the performance of young Sandeep Sharma for Punjab and Y. Chahal for RCB. Waiting so see some unknown and new faces in upcoming matches.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

i think this is completely unfair . a replacement for an injured indian player should have been a unsold indian player only , not a overseas player IPL should bring in some strict rules regarding the replacement of injured players .

Posted by   on (April 29, 2014, 11:09 GMT)

Mumbai should have gone for samuels or mahmood or wright or hales

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