Strong batting, presence of a good power hitter and strong fast bowling attack will make the five-time champion Mumbai debut as a formidable contender for the title in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). Mumbai’s weak side is its spin department which can cause trouble in the way of its title hat-trick. Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians will play their first match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai on April 9.
Mumbai Indians, after winning the title in 2019, also won the tournament in the tournament played in UAE due to the Kovid-19 epidemic in 2020. Mumbai has retained its key players in the team for the past several years and this has been the main reason for its dominance. Batting is the strong side of Mumbai which includes openers like skipper Rohit Sharma and South Africa’s Quinton Dickock. If needed, Chris Lynn of Australia will also be ready to assume responsibility.
is constantly improving his game, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are his trumpet aces. Both of them recently made their international debut for India. The presence of Pandya brothers all-rounder Hardik and Krunal and Kiren Pollard of the West Indies makes their middle-order look very strong. In the bowling department, he has Jasprit Bumrah, India’s best fast bowler. Last season, New Zealand’s Trent Boult proved his ability to take wickets in the powerplay. He also has Australia’s Nathan Coulter Nile, which makes Mumbai’s fast bowling attack look dangerous.
Mumbai’s weak side is its spin department which will prove to be very effective on the pitch of Chepak Stadium in Chennai. Mumbai does not have a spinner to take wickets and this weakness may be overshadowed by them. Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya can control runs but he is not adept at picking wickets. In such a situation, the responsibility of the spin department falls on the shoulders of young Rahul Chahar, who is considered to be the gift of IPL. Off-spinner Jayant Yadav played only two matches last season and it remains to be seen how many matches he gets this time. Mumbai have added veteran Piyush Chawla to the team but in the presence of Chahar and Krunal, they may have to stay out for most of the matches. Chawla has taken 156 wickets in the IPL and he is the third highest wicket taker in this tournament. Mumbai have big hitters in the middle order and this is the strong side of the team. They will benefit greatly from chasing targets, especially in Chennai and Bengaluru. Pollard and Pandya brothers are prominent among them. Pollard can also contribute to bowling and play the role of fifth or sixth bowler.
Rohit Sharma (captain), Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Suchit Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wicket keeper), James Neesham, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Janssen, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Culter Nile, Piyush Chawla, Quinton Decock (wicket-keeper), Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwari, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Yudhveer Singh. Head Coach: Mahela Jayawardene