The Mumbai Indians, a five-time champion in the IPL, have made a significant move by securing the services of Hardik Pandya from the Gujarat Titans. Despite guiding the Gujarat Titans to consecutive IPL finals and winning one of them, the versatile all-rounder has chosen to return to his “home” franchise, where he had been a part of the team from 2015 to 2021.

Facing a three-season absence from the IPL final, Mumbai Indians see the reacquisition of Pandya as a crucial reinforcement. In order to free up budget space for potential international players in the upcoming IPL 2024 auction on December 19, they facilitated a trade involving Cameron Green with RCB.

Boasting a purse of INR 17.75 Crore, Mumbai Indians are well-positioned to make strategic picks and fill eight slots, including four for overseas players. Notably, among the released players are Duan Jansen, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Chris Jordan, and Jofra Archer, signaling a clear intent to focus on acquiring overseas fast bowlers.

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Three overseas players that Mumbai Indians may set their sights on in the IPL 2024 auction are:

  1. Josh Hazlewood: Despite the widespread interest in Mitchell Starc, Mumbai Indians may opt for Josh Hazlewood due to budget constraints. Hazlewood, an IPL winner with CSK in 2021 and a T20 World Cup winner with Australia in 2021, previously played for MI in 2014 but did not get the chance to feature. With 35 IPL wickets in 27 matches and an impressive international record of 58 wickets in 41 T20Is with an economy of 7.69, Hazlewood brings valuable experience to the table.
  2. Gerald Coetzee: Recognizing their historical interest in South African pacers, Mumbai Indians may set their sights on Gerald Coetzee in the IPL 2024 auction. Coetzee, a standout performer in the World Cup 2023 with 20 wickets, possesses raw pace and a wicket celebration reminiscent of Dale Steyn. The prospect of Coetzee and Bumrah bowling in tandem at the Wankhede is anticipated to be a captivating sight.
  3. Spencer Johnson: The Australian left-arm pacer Spencer Johnson, gaining attention in recent months, could be a target for Mumbai Indians. Johnson made a significant impact in The Hundred, debuting for Oval Invincibles with figures of 3/1 from 20 balls. His T20I debut for Australia in August further enhances his appeal. Given Mumbai Indians’ historical preference for Australian bowlers, Spencer Johnson might don the MI colors in IPL 2024.
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