The cricket frenzy is set to reignite with the commencement of IPL 2024 scheduled for March next year. Despite approximately four months remaining until the IPL kick-off, the cricketing world is already abuzz with excitement. Teams are actively engaging in player swaps and speculations are rife regarding potential transfers.
A prominent speculation revolves around the potential move of Hardik Pandya, the highly successful captain of Gujarat Titans, to Mumbai Indians. This move could potentially prompt a reorganization within the Mumbai squad, triggering discussions on which player might face exclusion from the team.
As per insider information from the BCCI, it’s indicated that Hardik Pandya might not grace the Gujarat Titans’ roster this IPL season, instead opting to join the Mumbai Indians. With this potential move, a significant question looms over which player might need to make an exit from the Mumbai camp. Hardik Pandya commands a hefty price tag of Rs 15 crore, while Mumbai Indians have a mere Rs 50 lakh remaining in their budget. This situation could necessitate the removal of a high-value player whose budget aligns with Pandya’s.
The possibility of Ishan Kishan, an opening batsman and a stellar performer for Mumbai, facing exclusion due to Pandya’s return, is gaining traction. Ishaan was acquired by Mumbai for a substantial Rs 15.25 crore. While dropping Ishan Kishan won’t be an effortless decision given his valuable contributions, accommodating Pandya’s budget by axing less costly players might not suffice, hence making Ishaan vulnerable to exclusion.
In addition to Ishan Kishan, speculations hover around the potential removal of Jofra Archer. With a budget of 8 crores, Archer’s departure could potentially facilitate Pandya’s return by making room for another player valued at 7-8 crores, alongside Archer.