Mumbai Indians unlikely to retain Hardik Pandya ahead of mega auction

Since it was reported that the BCCI will allow the existing eight IPL teams to keep up to four players ahead of the mega auction, fans have been eager to learn about their favourite teams’ retention. The Indian board of directors is scheduled to make an official declaration about the retentions and what would happen with the two new IPL teams. Two Indians and two foreign players, or three Indians and one foreign player, could be retained. In the case of the five-time champion Mumbai Indians, it has been suggested that ace all-rounder Hardik Pandya is unlikely to be retained.

According to the Times of India, a top IPL official watching the retention policy’s developments stated that only three retentions might be made before the super auction. If the Right to Match (RTM) is not granted, the number could be increased to four. In that situation, he went on to say that MI will primarily keep its core of Kieron Pollard, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah.

“I believe the BCCI will use a three-player retention mechanism with one Right to Match card,” says the analyst. There could be four retentions if RTM isn’t present. Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, India’s pace spearhead, are obvious selections.

Kieron Pollard will be the team’s third-year player. “Continuity is MI’s strength, as these three are its cornerstones,” an IPL executive remarked. Hardik Pandya’s back has been bothering him for the past few years, and he didn’t even bowl in the IPL 2021. According to the official, he is no longer a feared all-rounder and has fallen down the pecking order in terms of player retention. If MI is given the opportunity to keep the fourth player, they may choose Suryakumar Yadav or Ishan Kishan over Hardik.