Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani has shared some words on their recent buys at the IPL 2021 Auction. He opened up saying that MI was planning for almost 12 hours a day ahead of the mini-auction. The current IPL champs bought seven players in the auction with the Aussie pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile being the most expensive buy at 5 crore INR.
Mumbai Indians managed to retain their key players due to which they couldn’t go for too many acquisitions on Thursday’s auction. However, they did manage to acquire some valuable players for their camp. Akash Ambani was a happy and satisfied man with the players MI bought and said:
“We did a lot of planning for this auction. We were on video conference 12 hours a day in the last few days in the build-up to the auction. Every auction requires a lot of hard work. This was a special year where we didn’t do any trades compared to the last few years, so we had to prepare extra hard for that. We believe we have a complete squad.”
“We put a squad together, and we thought we need to add experience from last year. I wouldn’t want to single out any of the picks. We are really happy with everyone coming into the squad. Coulter-Nile coming back, Adam Milne coming back”‘ Akash Ambani added.
The defending champions have won the IPL title on five occasions (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020) and would be aiming to clinch the sixth title also in the upcoming season.
Mumbai was also able to acquire the veteran Indian spinner Piyush Chawla for a decent amount.
“He (Piyush Chawla) will add a wealth of experience and gives us a lot of options with the ball; and also, he can play with Rahul Chahar as a double-leg spin option because they both bowl in different phases of the game, and he can bat left-handed. Yudhvir and Arjun have been standout performers who were supporting our main squad in UAE, ” Ambani said.