IPL Teams Preview – Mumbai Indians

Overview

The Mumbai Indians has been a very popular team over time. Particularly since Rohit Sharma has taken over as captain, Mumbai has become a team that has always started as one of the favorites. Another aspect that is associated with this Team is that, they are known to start off slow and then catch up in the back end. This team is also known for its tremendous talent off the field as well with experienced support staff who have managed the team very well. 

Mumbai Indians can be proud of winning 4 IPL titles in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 along with 2 champion league titles in 2011 and 2013. 

Strength 

The biggest strength and advantage that the Mumbai Indians have is that the core of the team is built around strong Indian talent like Rohit Sharma, Bumrah and the Pandya brothers. Along with this core, they have retained key players like Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav and others as part of their family and this team culture has always made them a closely knitted team. This is also the reason why Mumbai Indians do not rely on individual brilliance but rather on the contributions from the team as a whole. 

Quinton DeKock since taking over the captaincy has been in great form for South Africa and can be a solid opener for Mumbai Indians as well.

The inclusion of a world class bowler like Trent Boult will be an added weapon in their bowling armory. 

Weakness 

This team is normally used to playing at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai which is a very flat surface where balls comes on to the bat nicely. All the batsman in this team right from De Kock and Rohit Sharma to Hardik and Pollard like the ball coming on the the bat. This year with IPL set to take place in UAE, the pitches are expected to be slow which is something that will not be natural to the batting line up. 

There is also not much experience in the spin department for Mumbai Indians which will play a major role in this years IPL. 

They will also miss the experience and expertise of Lasith Malinga who will not be available in this season due to personal reasons.

Team Selection 

Mumbai Indians having maintained a very stable squad over the last few years have most of the spots sealed. They will have two overseas pace bowlers they can utilize. With Malinga not playing this year, Nathan Coulternile is expected to be one of them as he can add to the batting as well, along with either Trent Boult or Mitch McClenaghan. Trent Boult will be able to extract swing early and pick up wickets at the top where as McClanaghan who has a lot of experience playing in UAE for different franchises can exploit the conditions mixing it up with good cutters. 

MI Probable XI to start the tournament: 1) Quinton DeKock (wk), 2 ) Rohit Sharma (c), 3) Suryakumar Yadav, 4) Ishan Kishan, 5) Hardik Pandya, 6) Kieron Pollard, 7) Krunal Pandya, 8) Nathan Coulternile, 9) Mitch McClenaghan, 10) Jasprit Bumrah, 11) Rahul Chahar

Final Thoughts 

If the batsman adapt quickly and spinners perform consistently, they will definitely be one of the top teams. 

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