I have always found the IPL auctions as a very democratic way of doing things. When it comes to teams searching for their players there can”t be a better way of doing it than auctions.
There is the same salary cap for each side and unlike a draft situation where the team that finishes first in the last season of a tournament gets their player first irrespective of how they might end up playing or not in the forthcoming season, which makes sure there is more a less a common competitive ground between the teams.
Normally the teams do months of planning and preparations to try and get their favorite players.
One such team Mumbai Indians have a great history of finding their eyed players and build a well-balanced squad which is reflected by their successful history of winning the Indian Premier League thrice.
The team has done a great job this year as well, but there is always the disappointment of not getting or losing out on a player and two that side even after auctions end cringes.
Mahela Jayawardena the coach of the Mumbai Indians have expressed his opinion about his squad and how he finds it a well balanced & equipped to win them another title.
The former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela said, “I don’t think there was much of a disappointment as such. I think the two steals for us would be Pollard who came at a reasonable price and the fees we got Evin Lewis and Ben Cutting for. Also, The Fizz [Mustafizur] at that price on Saturday and Pat Cummins, considering the Wankhede wicket. I am not disappointed except for Sanju and KL [Rahul], but the way it panned out, it was always going to be difficult to get them.”
And why not both KL Rahul and Sanju Samson are fantastic young Indian batsmen with a good T20 record and provide a side the possibility of being used as wicketkeepers as well.
Now though Mumbai Indians can”t do much about it other than try and win another tournament and add another one to their trophy corridor.