At the moment, with the current combination, Mumbai Indians could afford three overseas bowlers in the playing XI. While one might be a spinner, the other two are likely to be pacers. Jason Behrendorff is already in the squad but he might be a backup. Mumbai Indians are likely to target some high-profile names to provide support to Jasprit Bumrah. Here, we take a look at the list of three likely new-ball partners for Jasprit Bumrah in IPL 2024.
1) Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc is one of the likely new-ball partners for Jasprit Bumrah in IPL 2024. One of the biggest names to go under the hammer will be Mitchell Starc. It is likely that Mumbai Indians will target him.
A fiery new-ball pacer, Starc also has variations in excel in other phases of the game. Jofra Archer-Jasprit Bumrah’s combination could not be witnessed. However, seeing Starc and Bumrah bowl in tandem will be equally exciting.
2) Dilshan Madushanka
It needs to be noted that Mumbai Indians do not have a big purse. Due to the arrival of Hardik Pandya, the team has a thin purse. Hence, they might miss out on their main targets.
Sri Lankan pacer Madushanka is an under-rated cricketer. He did well in the 2023 ODI World Cup and has been in fine touch in recent months. MI has a keen eye for talent and it would not be a surprise if they pick the youngster, especially with Mahela Jayawardene in the support staff.
3) Josh Hazlewood
It is not sure if Josh Hazlewood will be available for the entire season. There are reports that he will register his name in the auctions.
Now, Hazlewood would be an ideal partner for Bumrah. With the pressure created by Bumrah at one end, Josh will be the perfect candidate to make the best use of it using his accuracy. Therefore, he is also on this list.