4 overseas cricketers who were under-utilised by Mumbai Indians
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a common platform for various unheralded cricketers to showcase their skills. Several cricketers have used the opportunity wisely and have grown on to become stars in the international arena.
Mumbai Indians (MI) are one of the most successful franchises in the Indian Premier League. They became the first team to clinch three titles when they won the 2017 final against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by a single run. Many famous players from different parts of the globe have played for the popular franchise.
While some cricketers marked their presence with their magnificent performances on the field few others didn't perform well to expectations. Let us take a look at four prominent overseas cricketers under-utilised by Mumbai Indians.
#4 Thisara Perera
Thisara Perera is one of the greatest Twenty20 cricketers to emerge from Sri Lanka. A consistent presence in their national squad, the all-rounder has played 71 T20Is for Sri Lanka and scored 920 runs at an outstanding strike-rate of 148.62. He has also grabbed 44 wickets at an economy-rate of 9.01.
In IPL, he is one of the few cricketers to have performed for more than five teams. In 2010, he made his debut with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and was a member of their title-winning squad.
In the 2012 IPL Auction, Thisara was picked up by the MI for $650,000. He only played two matches in that season, scoring just five runs. Since then, he has gone on to represent various other teams with reasonable success.