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List of retained players in IPL 2021: Defending champions MI release Lasith Malinga ahead of auction – Cricket News

Mumbai: Defending champions Mumbai Indians on Wednesday released Sri Lankan pacer and Indian Premier League’s (IPL) highest wicket-taker Lasith Malinga ahead of the upcoming season.

Malinga, who has played a staggering 122 IPL matches, has 170 wickets to his credit, the highest in the cash-rich league, with the best bowling figures of 5/13.

“MI have released seven names which include Sri Lankan great Lasith Malinga, Kiwi quick Mitchell McClenaghan, Australians Nathan Coulter-Nile and James Pattinson, Guyanese Sherfane Rutherford, uncapped leg-spinner Prince Balwant Rai and fast bowler Digvijay Deshmukh from the team,” the franchise said in a statement.

Mumbai Indians pacer Lasith Malinga decided to sit out of IPL 2020 due to personal reasons. Sportzpics Photo by: Ron Gaunt /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Mumbai Indians pacer Lasith Malinga decided to sit out of IPL 2020 due to personal reasons. Sportzpics
Photo by: Ron Gaunt /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

In the 2020 edition of the IPL, Mumbai Indians had roped in Australian speedster James Pattinson as a replacement for Malinga, who had expressed his unavailability owing to personal reasons.

MI also decided to retain the core of the team, including skipper Rohit Sharma, wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, star pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, and all-rounders Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya.

As per the statement, the five-time champions now have 18 players in their squad, with seven spots open which can be filled in the mini-auction.

The franchise said “it can pick as many as four overseas players for the next season.”

Players Retained:

Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Quinton De Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare (wk).

Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan.

All-rounders: Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy.

Released: Lasith Malinga, Mitch McClenaghan, James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sherfane Rutherford, Prince Balwant Rai, Digvijay Deshmukh.

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