Mumbai Indians pay big bucks for Ishan Kishan’s return

On day 1 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 auction in Bengaluru, India batter Ishan Kishan was purchased for a record INR 15.25 crore by the Mumbai Indians (MI). Kishan became the costliest buy of the ongoing IPL auction after being purchased by the five-time champions. Ishan Kishan was dropped by the Mumbai Indians last year before of the IPL auction. Ishan Kishan was purchased by the Mumbai Indians ahead of the IPL 2018 season. He began his IPL debut in 2016 with the now-defunct Gujarat Lions.

In 2019 and 2020, he was a key component of Mumbai's back-to-back title-winning campaigns. In the 2020 season, Kishan was the team's leading run-scorer, with 516 runs from 14 matches.

Kishan has surpassed Shreyas Iyer as the most expensive purchase of the IPL 2022 auction thus far. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had previously purchased Shreyas for INR 12.25 crore.

MI's first purchase in the ongoing event was Ishan Kishan. Kishan became the second-most expensive Indian player in IPL history, and the fourth-most expensive overall.

Ishan scored 1,133 runs in 45 games for MI over four seasons. MI had kept four players prior to the high-profile event. They had retained Rohit Sharma (INR 16 crore), Jasprit Bumrah (INR 12 crore), Suryakumar Yadav (INR 8 crore), and veteran all-rounder Kieron Pollard (INR 6 crore).

MI came into the auction with a total prize pool of INR 48 crore.

On the other hand, Wanindu Hasaranga, a Sri Lankan all-rounder, recently made news after Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) paid Rs 10.75 crores to bring him back into the squad. Nicholas Pooran, a left-hander from the West Indies, was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for Rs. 10.75 crore. Gujarat Titans (GT) paid 10 crore for Lockie Ferguson. Punjab Kings paid 9.25 crore for Kagiso Rabada, who was believed to be one of the most expensive transaction at the auction.