Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has criticized Mumbai Indians over the auction strategy. He has slammed the five-time champions for spending over INR 15 crore in the mega auction ahead of the IPL 2022. Furthermore, Watson has also opined over Mumbai Indians’ move to go for Jofra Archer in the auction.
Notably, Mumbai Indians have had the worst-ever start in their history after losing the first six matches in the competition. The Mumbai-based franchise is the most successful team in the IPL with five titles against their name. However, they are not looking like the same team this season and their poor run has surprised many pundits and fans alike.
Watson, meanwhile, has tried to decode the core issues Mumbai Indians have had in this IPL.
Shane Watson is not surprised by Mumbai Indians’ poor run
The current Delhi Capitals assistant coach, Shane Watson, has slammed the five-time champions for breaking the bank for Ishan Kishan. Notably, Mumbai Indians signed the young wicketkeeper batter for a whopping sum of INR 15.25 crore.
“It hasn’t surprised me that MI are at the bottom of the table because they had a shocking auction. Spending so much money on Ishan Kishan… He is a very talented and skilful player, but he’s not worth blowing nearly your whole salary on,” Watson said on a podcast with the Grade Cricketer.
Shane Watson also criticized Mumbai Indians for signing the injured pacer Jofra Archer for a substantial amount.
“And then, going for Jofra Archer, not knowing whether he is going to come back in. He hasn’t played cricket for quite a while. They have got quite a few holes in the team,” he added.
As far as Shane Watson is concerned, he is currently serving as the assistant coach of the Delhi Capitals. The Delhi-based franchise hasn’t had the brightest of the starts as they sit 8th in the points table with two wins and three losses after five matches.