After the Indian Premier League (IPL) mega auction that happened in Bangalore on 27 and 28th January, Mumbai Indians (MI) owners Nita Ambani and her son Akash gave fans a sneak peek into what went on behind the scenes, the night before the IPL Auction last week.
A video shared on the official Facebook page of Mumbai Indians, the Ambanis along with MI coach Mahela Jayawardene answered the questions asked by their fans.
In the video, Nita Ambani, Akash and Mahela Jayawardene can be seen talking about their strategy for the auction when the trio was asked, how confident Mumbai were about retaining Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya using the Right to Match (RTM) option?
Akash said, “You know how I was the night before that. I think we should be honest. We were very nervous. I was very nervous. I thought maybe one of them will slip because you never know the dynamics of an auction but i think we’re incredibly happy.”
He even went on saying, if they would have lost Pollard, things would have gotten difficult for the Mumbai-based franchise.
“As soon as we got Polly in the first set of the auction, I think that really lightened up the mood for the whole auction. Because it would have been a tough auction if we didn’t have Pollard in out bag. I think we would all agree,” he added.
In the IPL auction, MI spent Rs 46.35-crore and bought 22 players. Earlier, in the player retention, the team have retained their skipper Rohit Sharma along with Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya.