IPL 2021: Rohit Sharma’s video showed the players with the franchise anthem in the background.© Twitter
On Thursday, Rohit Sharma welcomed the seven players selected by Mumbai Indians (MI) in the player auction for IPL 2021. The MI skipper took to the social media platform Instagram to post a video showing the players playing the franchise anthem on the background. “Welcome to the city of heroics!” read the caption to the video posted by the 33-year-old. A total amount of Rs 11.70 crore was spent by the defending champions during the players auction.
New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne was the first purchase by the Mumbai-based franchise. Milne signed for Rs 3.2 crore and joined Trent Boult.
Australian all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was released by the franchise ahead of the players auction, returned to the MI squad. Coulter-Nile was added to the squad at a cost of Rs 5 crore.
The defending champion followed up these additions with the purchase of the leg spinner Piyush Chawla. Chawla has picked the third highest number of wickets in the history of the cash-rich league, with 156 layoffs. The 32 year old was signed for Rs 3.2 crore.
New Zealand cricketer James Neesham joined Milne and Boult for his base prize of Rs 50 lakhs. The all-rounder represented Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in IPL 2020.
All-rounder Yudhvir Charak, one of the supporting players in the roster for IPL 2020, was the next addition to his base prize of Rs 20 lakhs.
South African left arm pacer Marco Jansen and Arjun Tendulkar were the last two additions to the squad. Both players were signed by MI at a cost of Rs 20 lakhs.
Jansen is a left arm pacer who can chip with the bat. Arjun played for Mumbai in the recently concluded edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
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