The most successful team in the IPL set out to make it two in a row after snatching the title from Chennai Super Kings in the very last over in the 2019 Final.
Mumbai Indians have been the team that have defined the IPL culture in the last 7 years, During which they have won 4 IPL Titles and two Champions trophy as well. What might intrigue some of our new viewers is the fact that Mumbai struggled to pose any real threat in the formative years of the IPL. Under Sachin Tendulkar in the third IPL season even when they reached the IPL finals, They were battered and bruised by Chennai Super Kings and Suresh Raina in particular.
The tide truly turned for Mumbai after the 2013 auction, When they handed the captaincy to a young Rohit Sharma and the rest as they say is history, Under the then Mentor Ricky Ponting, Sharma was able to hone his skills and execute them with perfection, Recently Sharma was seen paying his due respect to the contribution of Ricky Ponting in his career, He says “The first thing Ponting told me that when you are captaining you can’t be thinking about how you want them to do it. Always listen to them, take it in your stride and then filter it and give it to them. It was great learning for me when he was a part of Mumbai”
Balance and Team Effort
If Mumbai Indians was an animal it could be easily compared to a Wolf, fierce, Agile and just like Wolves, they hunt in packs. Mumbai Indians derive their strength from the fact that they are finely balanced with bit and part players like Suryakumar Yadav and Saurabh Tiwary making valuable contributions and stepping it whenever required, Then there are the Pandya brothers to help team get variety in the All-rounder department.
Kieron Pollard is also a cognitive player, Who relies heavily on experience of multiple T20 Legaues to make informed shot selections, The team is also equipped with a few young talents aka Rahul Chahar, The leggie making a real impact last year whenever called into action.
Mumbai Indians Bowling lineup can clearly be their major weapon in their armoury this season, Although UAE is traditionally a high scoring venue and frontline batsmen are expected to have a ball yet, Mumbai Indians will once again rely on the bowling firepower to get them through. Leading the line once again will be Yorker king Jaspreet Bumrah along with strong alies in Trent Boult and James Pattinson.
The trump card once again will continue to be Rohit Sharma, Probably among the top three most destructive batsman of modern times, Rohit Sharma has the impeccable ability of switching gears without prior intimation catching the opposition off-guard and making a tangible impact on the game, Whatever be the situation.
Predicted XI : Rohit Sharma, Quinton De Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Jaspreet Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult.