Mumbai Indians are the most successful IPL team in history. They have been a part of the competition since 2008 and won the trophy five times. The Mumbai-based franchise have also won the Champions League T20 tournament twice.
While Mumbai have done well in the past, they had a forgettable IPL 2022 season where they finished last. Some fans felt that MI should not have released some players. Here’s a list of seven former MI stars who should have never been released by the team.
1. Mumbai Indians should have backed Yuzvendra Chahal
Not many fans would know that Yuzvendra Chahal made his IPL debut for MI. He even played in CLT20 2011 for the team. However, MI released him ahead of IPL 2014, and then, he joined RCB.
2. Glenn Maxwell played only 1 season for Mumbai Indians
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell moved from Delhi to Mumbai in IPL 2013. He played a few matches for MI and was impressive, but he did not receive another contract.
3. Kuldeep Yadav
Along with Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav was also a part of the MI squad. However, MI released Kuldeep after the 2012 season.
4. Axar Patel
All-rounder Axar Patel was a member of the MI squad in 2013. After being released, Patel joined KXIP and became one of the top all-rounders in the league.
5. Jos Buttler
England wicket-keeper batter Jos Buttler is one of the most dangerous players on earth right now. Buttler played for MI in 2016 and 2017.
6. Did Mumbai Indians make a mistake by not retaining Hardik Pandya?
Hardik Pandya was released by MI ahead of the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. He went on to lead Gujarat Titans to the championship earlier this year.
7. Dwayne Bravo
MI once had both Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo in the squad, but they let go of Bravo before the 2011 auction. Bravo then moved to CSK.