We will be able to create the same team culture with a new set of players, says Rohit Sharma on IPL retention

IPL retention list is out and franchises have made the tough call to retain and leave out players ahead of upcoming mega auction. Five-time champions Mumbai Indians have decided to retain four players and will try to build a team around him. Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah being two most successful players of the league were obvious choices, two other stars are Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard. The franchise has made the tough call to leave out Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan. Skipper Rohit Sharma spoke on retaining the players and shared his views.

Retention is always the toughest, especially when it comes to this franchise because we’ve got so many class players in our squad – Rohit Sharma

“It is never easy to let the players go, knowing that they have added so much success to the franchise. I’ve always maintained that it was never about one or two players getting success for the franchise, it’s always been a team effort. Championships are always won together, and not by a single person. Hopefully, we will be able to create the same team culture with a new set of players and look forward to next few years.

Mumbai skipper Rohit said that like earlier auctions, idea is to build the team around core group of players. Head coach Mahela, Zaheer, franchise owners, and team manager came together with the captain and discussed future plans.

Rohit Sharma jokingly said that he never want to be in the position to decide whom to retain and whom to leave out. It’s the toughest part.

Rohit further added that his personal goal as a captain is to pick the right set of players and give them the freedom to express themselves. 

Team owner Akash Ambani also spoke on the occasion  and talked about the process of retaining the players

“Retention is the hardest part of any IPL year, especially when you’re approaching a mega auction, you have to decide the four players who you get to keep. The last few weeks have probably been the toughest weeks that we’ve faced in this cycle for the entire Mumbai Indians management. But whatever decisions we’ve made today are in the best interest to play our style of cricket and hopefully push on for another couple of championships in the coming years.”

“I just want to thank each and every player that has represented Mumbai Indians in the last four years. It’s been a pleasure to have them all in the team. Believe me when I say it, it’s been one of the hardest decisions that we have made.”

We’re really really happy and honored to have you all as players. We wish you all the best and we look forward to having as many as we can back with the Mumbai Indians.”

Vaibhav Mukhija
Not a professional player but cricket is like life to me. An ardent Sachin Tendulkar & Rohit Sharma fan. Sitting in front of TV ,Watching cricket for hours has been my life for last several years. Love to read , write about the sport I love.

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