Here’s a look at the IPL franchise’s list of veteran picks over the years
Sanath Jayasuriya was 40 when MI bought him for USD 975,000. He scored a fine 114 not out off just 48 balls vs Chennai. Shaun Pollock was 36 when MI got him for USD 550,000. He aggregated 147 runs & 11 wkts from 13 matches.
Andrew Symonds was 35 when MI bought him for USD 850,000. He was a complete flop for MI failing to score a single half century and struggled to keep his place in the playing XI.
Herschelle Gibbs was 38 when MI picked him for USD 50,000. The hard-hitter and super fielder however didn’t make too much of an impact scoring an aggregate of 81 runs from the three matches he played.
Ricky Ponting was 38 when he was not bought for USD 400,000 and handed captaincy too. The Australian played in just 6 matches but did what no other MI skipper could in the IPL — help them win the title.
MI have bought India pace spearhead Zaheer Khan (35) for 2.6cr and veteran Australian Michael Hussey (38) for a whopping Rs 5cr. Only time will tell how well the two seasoned campaigners fare for the defending champions.
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