Indian Premier League (IPL) season 10 comes with a hope for Mumbai Indians (MI) to win their third title. Rohit Sharma will be seen in some cricketing action after a long span and he will take on the charge to lead a side full of elements. They have a balanced squad, and Rohit has many options to choose from for different opponents based on their strengths and weaknesses. While Tim Southee, Mitchell Johnson, Hardik Pandya and Jos Buttler are names that can attract the most of the limelight, here are a few players from the side who can surprise one and all with their exceptional performance. MI in IPL 2017, Preview: Rohit-led side on hunt for 3rd title
Asela Gunaratne (Sri Lanka)
Contract worth: INR 3,000,000
Gunaratne is Sri Lanka’s latest hero in the limited-overs cricket. He came into limelight with his attractive century in South Africa in the final ODI, but his biggest achievement was his consistent run in the T20I series in Australia. Gunaratne guided the side to a historic 2-1 victory in the series and if picked, he will be one of the pillars of the MI middle-order. Gunaratne is a hard hitter with very good knowledge of the game that helps him survive on the pitch in difficult situations. His ability to keep his cool helps him play bigger knocks.
IPL history: Debut
Krunal Pandya (India), uncapped
Contract worth: INR 20,000,000
Though Hardik is the more popular among the Pandya brothers for his stint with Indian team, Krunal proved to be more beneficial a pick for MI. He was bought for INR 2 crores in the previous season of the tournament; and he justified the deal with superb all-round efforts. Krunal’s 37-ball 86 against Delhi Daredevils (DD) was one of the best knocks by any MI batsman in the previous season and in IPL 2017.
Matches: 12 | Runs: 236 | Ave: 39.50 | Wickets: 6 | Econ: 7.57
Contract worth: INR 1,000,000
One of the lesser known domestic players, Khejroliya will find himself amidst a pool of world class pacers in the MI camp for his domestic numbers. Yet to make his First-Class debut, Khejroliya has picked up 17 wickets from 7 List A matches, including a 5-for recently.
IPL history: Debut
Mumbai Indians squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Ambati Rayudu, Asela Gunaratne, Deepak Punia, Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya, Jagadeesha Suchith, Jasprit Bumrah, Jitesh Sharma, Jos Buttler, Karn Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Krishnappa Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kulwant Khejroliya, Lasith Malinga, Lendl Simmons, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nicholas Pooran, Nitish Rana, Parthiv Patel, Saurabh Tiwary, Shreyas Gopal.