The flashy cricketer was first signed by the five-time champions for 2 crore during the IPL Auction in 2016. With outstanding all-round performances throughout the years, Pandya carved a niche for himself in the team’s star-studded line-up.
Krunal Pandya expressed his gratitude to MI and also its followers for their support throughout the years.
“6 years, 3 trophies and innumerable memories later, we move ahead and also carry with us this beautiful journey with @mipaltan.Thank you MI and also MI paltan for all the love you have shown all these years. Always grateful.” The southpaw wrote
The 30-year-old spent six IPL seasons with the Mumbai Indians. For the franchise, he appeared in 85 games, accumulating 1143 runs and capturing 51 wickets.
With the use of the Right to Match (RTM) card, Mumbai paid $8.80 crore at the 2018 IPL Auction to re-sign Pandya.
However, Ahmedabad and also Luncknow, two new teams, each have also three spots to fill. Given his successes with both the bat and the ball in the IPL, they may attempt to capture Pandya’s services ahead of the super auction.
The franchise chose to keep champion pacer Jasprit Bumrah for a fee of Rs. 12 crore. Suryakumar Yadav, a talented batter, and also T20 veteran Kieron Pollard, a T20 veteran, were named as their final two retentions for Rs. 8 crore and Rs. 6 crore, respectively.