Home > News >

IPL 2014 Auctions: Mumbai Indians ponder over retention between Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson

Mitchell Johnson (above) has been in great form while Lasith Malinga has been the seasoned campaigner for Mumbai Indians © IANS
Mitchell Johnson (above) has been in great form while Lasith Malinga has been the seasoned campaigner for Mumbai Indians © IANS

New Delhi: Jan 8, 2014

Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) are all set to keep their core group of players intact as they are all set to use their five retentions for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) with the choice between Ashes hero Mitchell Johnson and Sri Lankan slinger Lasith Malinga.

While skipper Rohit Sharma and West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard are most certain to be retained, the choice for the second foreigner will be between Johnson and Malinga.

While Johnson’s brilliant form in the Ashes and his supposed availability throughout the entire IPL duration is a positive, the factors that work for Malinga are his past performances for the Mumbai Indians as well as his better skills on the sub-continental pitches.

“Mitch has had a tremendous season. Even Sachin [Tendulkar] had indicated in his post-retirement presser that the fast bowler would make the difference in the Ashes. But if some of the matches are played in Sri Lanka, then Malinga’s experience on those tracks could prove to be vital. Obviously, the one who is not retained can be got back with Right to Match card,” a senior IPL official told PTI today.

Harbhajan Singh, who had a brilliant IPL season last time as he was third in the bowler’s list with 24 wickets is all but certain to be retained.

“Bhajji has been associated with MI from the first year. He has a loyal fan base in Mumbai among the staunch MI supporters,” the IPL official informed.

The tough choice will be between Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu as the team needs a top wicketkeeper-batsman.

While Rayudu has been one of the better domestic performers for MI, Karthik’s glovework is far better than that of Rayudu. ”In terms of batting, Rayudu might just have a slight advantage but DK is miles ahead when it comes to glovework. This will also be an interesting choice,” he concluded.

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 22, 2014 (18:30 IST)   at St George's, Grenada

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 23, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Hambantota

India tour of England 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Bristol

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (00:00 IST)   at Basseterre, St Kitts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

More

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 21, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 20, 2014  at St George's, Grenada

West Indies won by 3 wkts

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 19, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 61 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 17, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 93 runs

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014  at London

England won by an innings and 244 runs

Photos

England Women vs India Women 2014, 1st ODI at Scarborough

Videos

Hughes explains technique behind cut shot

India still in a position to succeed against England in ODIs

13 things you may not know about Ravi Shastri

Duncan Fletcher speaks out; explains why Team India failed in the Test series against England!

Science of slip fielding: What might be wrong with Team India’s slip cordon

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe

England Women restrict India Women to 193/8 despite Smriti Mandhana’s half-century

South Africa complete 3-0 annihiliation of Zimbabwe with 7 wicket victory in 3rd ODI

GCA to be derecognised by Goa government

Chris Gayle competes with Dan Bilzerian on Instagram

Varun Aaron named in Jharkhand’s preliminary squad ahead of Ranji Trophy 2014-15

India vs England 2014: Who will face the media after a disastrous day?

ICC World Cup 2011 to 2015: Test playing nations have seen numerous changes to the coaching setup

Lalit Modi nominates N Srinivasan for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Yasir Hameed: I have certainly not fulfilled the potential I had

India still in a position to succeed against England in ODIs

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

660 Posts | 6 Fans

Funny Cricket Wonders and Blunders

Amitabh Bachchan’s next ‘Shamitabh’: What does the title mean?

Deepika Padukone: I did not leave any film for Bajirao Mastani!

Sarfaraz Ahmed aims to play in all three formats for Pakistan

Perfect skincare regime that will protect you from the sun this summer revealed

New device brings wireless charging to cell phones, laptops

Varun Aaron named in Jharkhand’s preliminary squad ahead of Ranji Trophy 2014-15

Rock ‘n’ roll-themed spa treatment uses pulsating beats and vibrations

Why did Mahesh Babu’s fans took a dig on Samantha again?

Motorola could launch as many as 8 new smartphones this year: Report

Indian Junior Open Squash receives over 500 entries

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here