Australian paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile expressed he wasn’t surprised by Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians’ (MI) decision to release him from the team. He said that he was rather expecting it that to happen. However, the player is confident that he will be picked up in the IPL 2021 auction, likely to be held on February 18.
Mumbai Indians have released the Melbourne Stars pacer ahead of the IPL 2021 auction before submitting the list of their released and retained players on January 20.
“I was expecting that was going to happen. They paid overs for me so I thought that was going to happen. Hopefully, I can get picked up again this year. I’ve got nothing else on so hopefully I can get to the IPL,” Coulter-Nile was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
The Mumbai Indians had bought Nathan Coulter-Nile for AUD 1.63 million (8 crores) during the last IPL auction but released him after a season. He played seven matches for the team, scalping five wickets in total.
Regardless of how calm he sounds, the news surely did not come at the best time. Coulter-Nile couldn’t feature in the Big Bash League (BBL) tournament since the past three weeks due to his calf injury. He made his return to the tournament in the clash between the Stars and Melbourne Renegades. Although he put the Stars in the dominating position, scalping 3 wickets in his first 15 balls, the pacer got beaten in the 19th over. The Renegades won by with two balls left.
Soon after the match, he received the news that he had been dropped from the MI squad. “Yep, that was good,” Coulter-Nile said. “Just got smacked in the 19th [over], get off the field and get told I’m being flicked, get the email,” he said.
MI Released Players: Lasith Malinga, Sherfane Rutherford, Nathan Coulter Nile, James Pattinson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Prince Balwant Rai, Digvijay Deshmukh.
MI Retained Players: Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Surya Kumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock, Anmolpreet Singh, Aditya Tare, Chris Lyn, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jayant Yadav, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohsin Khan, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy