IPL 2018: 3 former players that Mumbai Indians must have regretted releasing
Three players who were part of the Mumbai Indians team in the 2017 season whom the team must have regretted releasing.
Mumbai Indians had another thrilling season where they kept their finger crossed until the very last match of the season. Like every other year, Mumbai Indians failed to win in the initial half of the tournament but shifted their gears to recover in the 2nd half.
From lying at the bottom of the table, they steadily rose to the 4th position on the points table in the closing days of the league stage. They were well in the tournament until the very last match where they were beaten by Delhi Daredevils and were knocked out.
Here are the three players who were part of the Mumbai Indians team in the 2017 season whom the team must have regretted letting go off after seeing their performance this year:
#3 Nitish Rana
Nitish Rana, the Delhi batsman impressed everyone with his remarkable performance for the Mumbai Indians in the 2017 season. He played several match-winning knocks for the team in the initial half of the season and played a crucial role in Mumbai Indians reaching the final of the tournament.
In the 2017 season, he scored 333 runs in 13 matches at an average of 30.27 and a strike rate of 126.13. He was not retained by the franchise due to retention constraints and was thus part of the auction pool.
Kolkata Knight Riders bought him at a price of Rs. 3.4 crore after an engaging round of bidding with Mumbai Indians, his previous team.
In the just concluded season, Rana was a vital member of the Knight Riders team. In the first 5 matches of the season, he scored 162 runs at an average of 40.50 and a strike rate of 138.46 and thus played a big role in his team winning the initial matches.
Overall, he scored 304 runs in 15 matches at an average of 23.38 and a strike rate of 131.03. He was handy at times with the ball and took 4 wickets in the 37 balls that he bowled in the season.