Defending champion Mumbai Indians (MI), on Thursday, bought back overseas pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile for ₹5 crore, having earlier released him ahead of the IPL 2021 auction.

MI’s director of cricket Zaheer Khan, “excited” to have the Australian back in the side, said the franchises were now giving importance to fast bowlers.

“It’s very exciting news, for sure, to see all fast bowlers in demand. It is something that the franchises have taken note of, over the 12-plus years now,” he said.

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Zaheer said the side is also banking on the experience that spinner Piyush Chawla, who bagged a hefty ₹2.4-crore contract, brings to the side. “We were looking for experience. Piyush is someone who has been part of the World Cup-winning side,” the former India speedster said.

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