The Mumbai Indians head coach Mark Boucher has left IPL fans curious with his recent hint about the team’s new South African signing for the upcoming IPL 2023 season. Although he did not disclose the name of the player, Boucher’s words have sparked speculations about who could join the team as a net bowler or a main squad member.
In this article, we will take a closer look at
5 potential South African players who could have joined the Mumbai Indians for IPL 2023.
5. George Linde: A Spin-Bowling All-Rounder
There is a possibility that the Mumbai Indians have signed a player from their sister franchise, MI Cape Town, and George Linde is among the top contenders. Linde has performed exceptionally well in the SA20 tournament, scoring 139 runs at a strike rate of 151.08 and picking up five wickets at an economy rate of 7.7 in eight matches.
4. Grant Roelofsen: A Wicket-Keeper Batter
Grant Roelofsen has been one of the top performers for MI Cape Town in the SA20 tournament. The wicket-keeper batter has scored 169 runs in seven innings at an average of 24.14, smashing two fifties so far. It will be interesting to see if he has earned an IPL contract for 2023.
3. Rassie van der Dussen: A Proven Match-Winner
While Rassie van der Dussen’s performance in SA20 has not been exceptional, he is a proven match-winner in white-ball cricket. He was among the top performers for South Africa in the T20 World Cup 2021 and has scored 172 runs in eight innings for MI Cape Town so far. Although he played for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022, he remained unsold in 2023.
2. Bjorn Fortuin: A Top Wicket-Taker
Bjorn Fortuin has played a crucial role in the success of the Paarl Royals in SA20. He has scalped 13 wickets in eight matches with an economy rate of 6.28, with his best bowling figures being 3/14. Fortuin has never played in the IPL before, and it will be interesting to see if he is the Mumbai Indians’ secret signing.
1. Gerald Coetzee: A Long-Term Asset
If Jhye Richardson pulls out of IPL 2023 due to injury issues, Gerald Coetzee could be a great replacement for him. Coetzee has been the top wicket-taker for the Joburg Super Kings team in SA20, picking up 11 wickets in just five matches at an economy rate of 7.5. The 22-year-old could be a long-term asset for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
In conclusion, although Mark Boucher’s hint about the Mumbai Indians’ secret signing has not yet been confirmed, these five South African players could be potential contenders for the upcoming IPL season. Whether they will join as net bowlers or main squad members remains to be seen. But one thing is for sure, their performances in the SA20 tournament have caught the attention of the Mumbai Indians and IPL fans alike.