Mumbai Indians are the defending champions who beat Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets in the IPL 2020 final. This was the 5th time that MI was crowned the champion. The journey of Mumbai Indians became smoother as the tournament progressed, setting up big targets, as well as, chasing them down with ease.
There were a couple of instances where Mumbai Indians were made to cling on in Super Overs. However, MI lost both the matches, one to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the other to Punjab Kings (formerly Kings XI Punjab). The match against Kings XI Punjab witnessed two Super Overs, the first instance of this happening in any form of professional cricket. Kings XI Punjab won that match though.
Mumbai Indians, Champions of IPL 2020. (Source: IPLT20 | Twitter)
Rohit Sharma (c), Aditya Tare (wk), Anukul Roy, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mohsin Khan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Jimmy Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar.
Mumbai Indians signed up 7 new players ahead of IPL 2021. These include Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen and Arjun Tendulkar.
One notable inclusion is left-arm fast bowler Arjun Tendulkar, son of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Arjun may serve as a like-for-like backup to Trent Boult. Fast-bowling backup is beefed up with inclusions of Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile and James Neesham, who also serves as a backup to Kieron Pollard. Piyush Chawla also happens to be a spin backup to the incumbent leg-spinner, Rahul Chahar.
Piyush Chawla (Source: Mumbai Indians | Instagram)
1. Pace Bowling Depth
Mumbai Indians has a number of world-class fast bowlers in their team. From Jasprit Bumrah to Trent Boult and to the experienced Nathan Coulter-Nile, this team has the best pace bowling line-up without having Lasith Malinga. They have ample of backup too.
Trent Boult celebrates a wicket (Source: Mumbai Indians | Twitter)
2. Strong Batting line-up
Their batting line-up is well settled and comprises of big names like Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. Plus, all of their batsmen are in good form including Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, who recently debuted for India in the T20I series against England.
Rohit Sharma batting (Source: The Cricket Lounge)
3. Bowlers in good form
Most of their bowlers have been in good form recently and have even played either International Cricket or franchise T20 cricket in recent times. So this will add advantage to Mumbai Indians in the early stages of the tournament.
1. No reliable spinner in the team
Apart from Rahul Chahar and Piyush Chawla, there is no single reliable spinner in the team. Krunal Pandya and Jayant Yadav are the other spin bowling allrounders but both lack accuracy and penetration to take wickets. Piyush Chawla took wickets in the 2021 Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Tournament, but had a very high economy rate.
Also, there is a lack of variety in their spin-bowling department. The spinners may face a litmus test on pace-friendly wickets of Delhi and Bengaluru, where they play 7 matches in league stages.
Rahul Chahar is the only in-form spinner at the moment for MI (Source: IPLT20 | Twitter)
2. No reliable batsman who can anchor the innings in a batting collapse
MI has a star-studded line-up, with all aggressive batsmen at their disposal. But there is a lack of a batsman who can stabilize the innings in case there is a batting collapse. This may haunt them in those matches, so buying a player like Cheteshwar Pujara or Hanuma Vihari could have resolved the issue.
For a star-studded Mumbai Indians team, the X-Factor player is none other than Ishan Kishan. He has been very consistent with his performances since the last couple of seasons for the Mumbai Indians and has been in good form even now, scoring a match-winning 56 runs on his T20I debut against England. His go-to aggressive approach has reaped rewards for Mumbai Indians to accelerate in the middle-overs and in the death overs. His average has been good enough to make him reliable for MI.
Ishan Kishan bats (Source: Mumbai Indians | Twitter)
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