UPDATED: April 13, 2021 18:10 IST
Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris thinks Mumbai Indians shouldn’t have bought Marco Jansen at the IPL 2021 mini-auction in February as they might have to pay a lot of money for him once again next year.
Styris feels MI should have waited to buy the big South African left-arm pacer next year at the mega-auction instead of getting him on board this year at his base price of Rs 20 lakh.
“I think this is a bad move for Mumbai Indians to pick up Marco Jansen right now, because now, as we are doing, we are talking about it, everybody is talking about it.
“And with the possibility of a major auction next year, then I think Mumbai may have to suddenly pay up big bucks because they are not going to keep him,” Styris said on Star Sports’ show ‘Cricket Connected’.
Marco Jansen made an impressive IPL debut in MI’s first match of IPL 2021 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in which he picked 2 wickets for 28 runs from his 4 overs.
“I would suggest, to think a little bit long-term, maybe put him on the ice this year and Mumbai Indians could have swept in next year having for a long time like Lasith Malinga. Because I think he has got that skill to be a starting front-line bowler in the IPL for 10 years,” Styris said.
Jansen is likely to retain his place in the playing XI for MI’s next game against Kolkata Knight Riders at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 13.