New Delhi. Former Australia all-rounder and Delhi Capitals assistant coach Shane Watson has criticized Mumbai Indians for spending Rs 15 crore on Ishan Kishan in the IPL 2022 auction. He said that this talented opener was not worth buying for such an amount. Watson also criticized Mumbai Indians for buying the injured Jofra Archer for such a huge amount. Mumbai Indians have so far not registered a single win in 5 matches, having spent 15.25 crores to buy Kishan (Ishan Kishan) and 8 crores to buy Archer. Archer is still recovering from an elbow injury. He will be able to join the team from next season itself.
The 5-time champion retained Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard. Watson said in a conversation with The Grade Cricketer podcast, ‘Mumbai Indians are at the bottom of the table. I am not surprised in this, because he made surprising decisions in the auction. He said that spending so much amount in buying Ishaan Kishan. He is a very talented player, but he is not a player to spend that much amount. Watson said that then it was not known about Jofra Archer whether he would come to play or not. He hasn’t played cricket for a long time. Some decisions of the team were bad.
Bowling problem even with CSK
Defending Chennai Super Kings (CSK) also suffered 4 defeats, after which they opened the account with a 23-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore. Watson, who has played for CSK in the IPL, said that the biggest issue with CSK is that there is something wrong with their fast bowling. He said that last year he had Shardul Thakur. Deepak Chahar is injured. They spent a lot on him in the auction, but now he will be unavailable for a considerable part of the tournament, which is a loss for him.
He said that CSK does not have a foreign fast bowler like Josh Hazlewood. Before this, he has always had a world class fast bowler. That’s why they are battling. Mumbai Indians team is taking on Lucknow Super Giants in their sixth match. In the match, Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma has won the toss and decided to bowl. Lucknow has won 3 out of 5 matches played before this.