The recently concluded mega auction for the fifteenth edition of the Indian T20 league was topsy-turvy, to say the least. While some teams ended up having a formidable side, the others franchises have a lot of flaws in their team. Among all the ten franchises, Mumbai’s tactics in this auction were a bit strange.
They barely bid for any players before buying back Ishan Kishan for a whopping amount of INR 15.25 crore. Post which, they were silent for a really long time. On the second day of the mega auction, they got Jofra Archer and Tim David for INR 8 crore and INR 8.25 crore rupees respectively.
However, Brad Hogg was unimpressed with their auction tactics. He felt that the five-time champions don’t really have a great side. The former Aussie spinner also termed their decision to buy Archer as “huge-risk”.
The bowling department is where Mumbai’s headache starts: Brad Hogg
“Spending 8Cr on Archer is a huge risk, especially after spending 15 crore on Ishan Kishan. He’s had two elbow surgeries in the last 18 months, that’s the worst injury a fast bowler could have. They have a formidable top order in Rohit, Kishan and Surya and then David at No.4, which is also a risk. Who’s going to bat at No.5 is the big question,” said Brad Hogg while speaking on his YouTube channel.
The Aussie then stated that Mumbai’s bowling attack is a concern. He cited the fact that they don’t have any world-class spinners. Further on, he spoke about how the Sharma-led side doesn’t have finishers like the Pandya brothers anymore.
“The bowling department is where their headache starts. They don’t have depth in their bowling and not many top-class spinners. They also don’t have finishers like the Pandya brothers. This is one of the worst auctions MI has ever had,” he added.