IPL 2021 Auction: Aakash Chopra’s big prediction for Mumbai Indians; hints at big signings in pace department

IPL 2021 Auction: Aakash Chopra’s big prediction for Mumbai Indians; hints at big buys in pace attack – Former Indian cricketer turned pundit Aakash Chopra has pointed out certain cracks in the Mumbai squad that the franchise would look to address in the upcoming IPL 2021 auctions.

Mumbai Indians has retained almost whole of its squad from the 2020 class and released on 7 players while keeping 17 men. With Lasith Malinga retiring and the franchise letting go of 3 pacers, Chopra has opined that Mumbai will eye to strengthen their pace battery.

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“The interesting thing is that the Mumbai Indians have changed their entire fast bowling attack. Malinga has retired, they have let go of Pattinson who was his replacement and they have let Nathan Coulter-Nile and Mitchell McClenaghan also go,” Chopra said in the latest video uploaded on his Youtube channel.

Suggesting that the formidable squad will have to rope in at least two overseas pacers, Chopra said that Mumbai can target Mitchell Starc to form a lethal pair with lead pacer Jasprit Bumrah. However, he added that Mumbai will not be able to acquire the Australian pacer.

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They can buy Pattinson again but he was very cheap, so they probably have someone else in their mind. Kyle Jamieson, Jhye Richardson, Chris Morris and Sheldon Cottrell are available. I don’t see a very big exciting name. They might take back Nathan Coulter-Nile because he was very expensive,” he further said.

Moreover, Chopra stated that the franchise will require backup spinner and one for star all-rounder Kieron Pollard. To fill his suggested vacancies, Chopra highlighted Mujeeb ur Rahman and Krishnappa Gowtham as the backup spinner and Shakib al Hassan and Cameron Green as a replacement for Pollard. “They might be interested in Shivam Dube as he is a Mumbai boy. They might want to take him as an all-rounder although their Indian batting department seems absolutely fine to me. They will not be running behind too many Indian players,” Chopra signed off.