Mumbai Indians desperate for an Indian batting star

With stalwarts like Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya and hard-hitting batsman Robin Uthappa in their line-up, the Mumbai Indians are now eyeing an Indian batsman to strengthen their middle-order in the second edition of the IPL.

At a time when the month-long transfer window is open for trading and Mumbai Indians’ wish to buy Rohit Sharma from Team Hyderabad is falling on deaf ears, Mukesh Ambani’s team still hasn’t lost hope to rope in a solid middle-order batsman.

As of now, they have put two cricketers on the window – wicketkeeper-batsman Pinal Shah (from Baroda) and Karnataka all-rounder Gaurav Dhiman. But will there be any takers for them? Shah is an able batsman and has played five first-class matches for Baroda. He has also represented the U-19 Indian team in One-day matches.

Sources say that some of the IPL teams are keen on swapping players based on their requirements. But the problem is the huge difference in players’ contract money. “In last year’s action, some of the cricketers were sold at a fairly high price and if those cricketers are up for sale, there seem to be no takers for them,” a team official said.

Even the timing for the transfer window doesn’t seem to suit the franchisees’ pocket. “There are a lot of loose ends, which need to be tied up. Domestic players are the flavour of the season though some franchisees are eyeing some cricketers form Australia’s domestic circuit,” an IPL official confirmed.

Surprisingly, Team Mohali, Delhi Daredevils, Team Jaipur and Team Chennai are yet to make any move. Only Kolkata Knight Riders, Bangalore Royal Challengers, Team Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians are showing interest and having dialogues with different team owners.

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