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Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has admitted that he is ecstatic to have New Zealand left-arm seamer Mitchell McClenaghan back in the team for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
McClenaghan went unsold during the IPL auction in January, even though he was the fourth-highest wicket-taker during last year’s IPL with 19 wickets at an average of 26.68. The 31-year-old was also the Indians’ second-highest wicket-taker after Jasprit Bumrah, who claimed 20 wickets.
However, he was selected as a replacement player after Australia seamer Jason Behrendorff was ruled out of the tournament with a back injury.
“He (McClenaghan) is a great asset and he has been a performer for us,” Rohit was quoted as saying by the Times of India. “Due to some mishap during the IPL auction, we were not able to get him. But now we have got him and we are very excited to have him back. He has been a great performer for us.
“We have had success whenever he has performed for us and it will be good to have him back. We know his capability with the ball and I hope he repeats the same performances what he has done for us in the past.”
Rohit added that the Indians will also miss veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for his base price of INR 2 crores.
“We will miss Harbhajan. His experience has been immense and he has been a great asset for our team. We will definitely miss him,” Rohit said.
The Indians will go into the 2018 IPL as reigning champions, and Rohit admitted that he is excited about the team he has. The 30-year-old added that he is optimistic about his side’s chances of retaining the coveted trophy.
“We are very excited,” he said. “We have some new faces and I am looking forward to meeting all of them. I would like to continue from where we left last season but to do that there are a lot of things we need to do as a team.
“Firstly, we need to get know each other as there are a lot of new faces in the squad, and then we see. That’s how we plan every season and we do that every season.”