When one sees at the teams in the IPL, they can easily say that Mumbai Indians has the atmosphere of a family. Year after year they try to retain their core players. This idea has worked wonders and they are the most successful team with four titles.
Every player, coach, supporting staff have a beautiful bonding among themselves. With every passing year this bonding gets even stronger. Along with that Mumbai Indians has one of the best scouting systems in IPL.
They have given the national team players like Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and many more. This has been possible because of the fine cricketing brains present in the team. John Wright, Robin Singh and Rahul Sanghvi have been very important in making strategies of Mumbai Indians.
However they have still done many miscalculations over the years. They have picked up many players who couldn’t perform to their potential. This had hurt the dreams of Mumbai Indians many a times.
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Here is the list of 5 worst signings done by Mumbai Indians over the years:
1. Ricky Ponting
How can a world class player with 27,483 runs be a worst signing? This is because T20 franchise cricket is totally a different ball game. Ponting was signed by Mumbai Indians in 2013 for a massive 400,000 USD.
This dream signing paved the way of a dream opening pair in the form of Sachin and Ponting. However all the hype surrounding Ponting soon started to fade away. Ponting played 5 matches where he scored only 52 runs.
Moreover his strike rate remained below 100 which gave the middle order a lot of pressure. The big signing soon changed into a nightmare. Later Ponting turned out to be a good coach, but his inclusion as a player was surely a wrong decision.