Dabang Mumbai were the most active of all teams at the Coal India Ltd Hockey India League (HIL)auction as they added as many as 17 players, retaining just 3 from the previous season, where they finished 6th. 11 Indians and 6 foreigners were brought in by the Alphas as they look to improve their performance this season.With heavy investment in the auction and retention of 3 players, the Alphasare ready forthe 4thedition of the worlds biggest hockey league.Here are the 5 best signings by Dabang Mumbai this season:
#1 Danish Mujtaba
Age: 27 years
Base Price: US $15,500
Auction Price: US $54,000
Dabang Mumbai secured the services of the Indian midfielder Danish Mujtaba for US $54,000 for the upcoming edition of the CIL Hockey India League. Danish suffered a knee injury very early into his career which has forced the midfielder to be in and out of the national set-up over the years.
The game of hockey has come quite naturally to the 27-year old midfielder as his grandfather Mr. Idris Ahmed, his father Mr.Ghulam Mujtaba and his elder brother Mr. Shariq Mujtaba, all have played the game at the highest level.
Danish’s potential was recognised when he became the only male Indian player selected by the Australian government for an all-expense-paid 3-week training programme at the Australian Institute of Sport. Till date, he has played 133 matches for the Indian national team and has bagged 25 goals.