The big story for U Mumba last season was how Abhishek Singh took on the role of their lead raider (169 points in PKL7) after being bought at the auction for a mere INR 10L. The mutual respect between player Abhishek and team U Mumba is fantastic to see as the team retained him at 86.5 Lakhs. U Mumba had discovered Siddharth Desai in PKL 6 when they bought him at 36 Lakhs. But as luck would have it, Siddharth moved on from U Mumba to Telugu Titans. Often, the short-sightedness of players to earn a big buck quickly can be detrimental to their long-term success and with it the success of their teams.
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Along with Abhishek they have retained Iranian, Fazel Athrachali - their captain and left corner at INR 121 L. These two retainments have cost them ~48% of their total purse. They come into the auction as the team with the least amount of purse: 194 L and will most likely be shopping only in the back end of the auction or picking up players available at a good value. Will they go for an NYP Right Corner?
The big challenge for U Mumba will be their other very exciting raider from Services Arjun Deshwal. He took his team Red Army to a victory in Inter-Services championship earlier this year. However, Arjun is likely to be on the shopping list of many of the top coaches! So getting a cheap FBM may not be possible. Unless Sandeep Narwal or Surinder Singh - their two right defenders go cheap, early!
U Mumba has really got nothing from the NYPs they carried into the previous season and so are left with having to get potentially 6 new NYPs going into this season. That is often a tough challenge and they may be one of the largest consumers of the fantastic talent coming out of the K7 tournament series! U Mumba will pull another rabbit out of the hat - like in the previous two seasons where they Siddharth Desai and then Abhishek Singh --- who will that value buy be this season? They have also retained Ajinkya Kapre, Harendra Kumar, and Navneet. This year they will also have a change of coach to ex U Mumba player Rajguru Subramanian.
Purse left : 193 Lakhs for at least 13 players
Retained Players :
1. Left corner and Captain, Fazel Athrachali (29 points, 121 Lakhs)
2. Lead raider, Abhishek Singh (169 points, 86.5 Lakhs)
4. Left Cover, Harendra Kumar
Likely FBM Candidates :