Mumbai Indians, in general, are known for their scouting of young talents. They identify the young, talented players very early in their careers and give them ample opportunities to develop into superstars over a period of time.
But, Mumbai Indians have also released a couple of players in the past, who if allowed to stay at Mumbai Indians, might have won them a lot of games.
Here are the 2 costliest player releases by Mumbai Indians in the history of IPL –
Glenn Maxwell is now an indispensable part of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and it’s hard to imagine an RCB squad without Maxwell, but the franchise which had first scouted Maxwell 10 years ago, when he was not even an international superstar for Australia, was none other than Mumbai Indians.
Maxwell had even helped Mumbai Indians win the Champions League in 2013, but Mumbai decided to release him ahead of the 2014 mega auction, after which Maxwell was first signed by Punjab Kings and then he went to RCB where he is showing his full potential at the moment.
Yuzvendra Chahal was also a part of the Mumbai Indians squad at round about the same time when Glenn Maxwell was there. Although Chahal played just one game for Mumbai, he was also a part of their Champions League squad in 2013 and he was among many young players who were let go by MI before the 2014 mega auction.
Yuzvendra Chahal is currently plying his trade at Rajasthan Royals, but before going to Rajasthan, he spent a long time at Royal Challengers Bangalore.
In fact, Chahal is the leading wicket taker in the history of RCB, despite playing most of his IPL matches at a small and six hitting ground like Chinnaswamy stadium. Even with Rajasthan, Chahal was the purple cap winner last season and performed decently well for them this IPL season too.