The Mumbai Indians beat the Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020 final to secure their title. Rohit Sharma's side won their fifth IPL title. They added further support to the case that they are the best group in the league.
After such a strong season, no one expects MI to make a lot of changes in the squad. They'll hold the vast majority of their core group ahead of the IPL 2021 auction. There are some fringe players who they could release to let loose a few funds and abroad slots.
Here we will talk about the three players that MI could release before next season:
3. Mitchell McClenaghan
Mitchell McClenaghan has been one of MI's most under-evaluated players in the IPL. The Kiwi speedster assumed a noticeable part in Mumbai's 2015 and 2017 titles. He was also their principal strike bowler before the ascent of Jasprit Bumrah. He has a decent IPL record, with 71 wickets in 56 matches at a decent strike-rate of 17.94.
Given the presence of Nathan Coulter-Nile and James Pattinson in the MI team, McClenaghan is probably not going to get a lot of game-time in the future. While his previous exhibitions may say something about his kindness, McClenaghan is still prone to be released.
2. Sherfane Rutherford
Sherfane Rutherford was part of an exchange move with the Delhi Capitals, with Mayank Markande going the other way. The Caribbean all-rounder was sidelined for the whole of the season.
Rutherford doesn't have a decent IPL record, scoring only 73 runs in seven appearances for DC, at a helpless average of 14.60. Given how solid MI's middle-order is, Rutherford is probably going to be released to let loose an abroad slot in front of the auction.
1. Chris Lynn
Mumbai Indians were thought to have pulled off another take when they marked Chris Lynn at his base cost of ₹2 Crore in the IPL 2020 Auction. In any case, the Aussie opener didn't play a single game for MI, even with Rohit's missing games due to injury.
It must be said that Lynn's helpless form before the competition was another factor. He had a poor CPL 2020 and battled to play against turn on slow tracks, something which MI experienced a great deal in the IPL.
Though he has an extraordinary record in the IPL, MI doesn't generally require somebody like Lynn in their group. They may hope to release him in front of the auction to let loose a few funds and an abroad space.