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From Buying Injured Jofra Archer To Retaining Aging Kieron Pollard: Top 10 Worst Decisions By Mumbai Indians Ahead Of IPL 2024 Auction - In Pics

As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 auction, all eyes are on the Mumbai Indians, a franchise with a storied history of success. However, beneath the glitz and glamour lie the shadows of strategic misjudgments. In this exposé, we delve into Mumbai Indians' top 10 questionable decisions, from persisting with injury-prone acquisitions to retaining aging stars. Join us as we dissect the pitfalls that have marred the franchise's journey, providing a prelude to their impending choices in the IPL 2024 auction.

As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 auction, all eyes are on the Mumbai Indians, a franchise with a storied history of success. However, beneath the glitz and glamour lie the shadows of strategic misjudgments. In this exposé, we delve into Mumbai Indians' top 10 questionable decisions, from persisting with injury-prone acquisitions to retaining aging stars. Join us as we dissect the pitfalls that have marred the franchise's journey, providing a prelude to their impending choices in the IPL 2024 auction.

Jofra Archer's Untimely Investment

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Jofra Archer's Untimely Investment

Despite acquiring Jofra Archer in 2022 for INR 8 crore, Mumbai Indians faced disappointment as the English speedster's injury limited his impact. The franchise eventually released him ahead of the 2024 IPL auction.

Richard Levi's Diminished Brilliance

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Richard Levi's Diminished Brilliance

The signing of South African batsman Richard Levi, known for a T20 century, failed to live up to expectations. Starting strong with a half-century, Levi managed only 33 runs in the next four games, questioning the wisdom of the 2.5 crore investment.

Andrew Symonds' Forgettable Season

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Andrew Symonds' Forgettable Season

The 2011 IPL auction saw Mumbai Indians investing INR 3.9 crore in Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds. However, Symonds' lackluster performance, scoring 135 runs and taking a single wicket in 11 games, categorizes him among Mumbai's worst signings.

Ricky Ponting's Limited Impact

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Ricky Ponting's Limited Impact

Despite his international stature, Ricky Ponting's stint with Mumbai Indians in 2013 failed to match expectations. Acquired for Rs 2.2 crore, Ponting managed only 52 runs in 5 matches, relinquishing the captaincy to Rohit Sharma due to underwhelming performance.

Ishan Kishan's Struggle in 2022

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Ishan Kishan's Struggle in 2022

In the 2022 season, Mumbai Indians' hefty investment of over Rs 15 crore in Ishan Kishan proved disappointing. The young talent scored 270 runs in 10 matches at a mediocre strike rate of 116.88, contributing to the team's lackluster performance.

Murugan Ashwin's Lackluster Impact

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Murugan Ashwin's Lackluster Impact

Priced at Rs 1.60 crore, Murugan Ashwin managed to secure only 7 wickets in 8 games during his Mumbai Indians stint. Considering the performance of other spinners, Ashwin's contribution raises questions about the franchise's auction strategy.

Kieron Pollard's Fading Glory

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Kieron Pollard's Fading Glory

Mumbai Indians' retention of Kieron Pollard for Rs 6 crore in the 2022 season didn't yield expected results. While contributing with a couple of tight overs, Pollard struggled as a finisher, failing to justify his retention price.

Jaydev Unadkat's Unimpressive Show

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Jaydev Unadkat's Unimpressive Show

Jaydev Unadkat's acquisition for Rs 1.5 lakh aimed to strengthen Mumbai Indians' bowling attack. However, Unadkat's lackluster performance, managing only 11 wickets in 15 matches, questions the rationale behind his recruitment.

Basil Thampi's Ineffectiveness

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Basil Thampi's Ineffectiveness

Despite a modest Rs 30 lakh price tag, Basil Thampi's impact for Mumbai Indians has been negligible. With just 5 wickets in as many games and an economy rate above 9, Thampi's contribution falls short of expectations.