Mitchell McClenaghan was unlucky to have missed out on an IPL contract in the IPL 2018 auction, especially from his former employees Mumbai Indians, a franchise that he had served humbly and efficiently in the past few years.
And just when you felt you wouldn’t be seeing the big, tall fast bowler in a Mumbai Indians shirt again, he has been drafted into the MI Paltan at the expense of the injured Farhan Behrendorff.
Behrendorff was ruled out of the IPL due to a back injury. He was purchased for Rs 1.5 crore and McClenaghan, who had a base price of Rs 1 crore has now been drafted in(he had gone unsold in the IPL auction).
Mumbai Indians were supposed to go in with a replacement from the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP).
McClenaghan has been an important cog in the Mumbai Indians wheel, bowling those important death overs and using those slower bouncers to good effect.
With Mustafizur Rehman already in the team, McClenaghan could prove to be a very good signing especially for the death overs.
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McClenaghan has played 40 IPL games and has picked up 54 wickets at an average of 24.61 and with a strike rate of 17.15. His economy is a little towards the higher side, but that is primarily because he has played most of his game on that ‘road’ at the Wankhede and because he is entrusted with bowling those difficult death overs.
While it is expected that Mustafizur and Pat Cummins would be shouldering the MI bowling attack, McClenaghan could be used during the latter part of the tournament, especially when the wickets are a little ‘tired’. wherein his slower bouncers can grip the surface even more and prove to be lethal during the death.