The reason why Mumbai Indians is the most successful side in IPL is the balance that it possesses in all departments. Be it their openers, middle-order and death-over bowlers, Rohit Sharma and Co. always have their basis covered. The franchise went into the auction only to add the back-up options in a couple of departments. Other than that, there was nothing to worry about as far as the team combination is concerned.
This year, the team has buffed up their fast bowling attack by including the likes of Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter-Nile. They also bought a back-up opener in Chris Lynn for INR 2 crore.
The side looks strong on paper. They would be eyeing on the fifth IPL title ahead of IPL 2020.
Here’s a look at the strongest playing XI of Mumbai Indians for IPL 2020:
Openers: Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma
There’s no doubt that Rohit Sharma has been exemplary as a captain for Mumbai Indians, over the years. However, when it comes to his batting, his numbers for the franchise have seen in a dip in the last few years. One hopes that he delivers good performances with the bat as well and make this IPL his own.
Quinton De Kock, on the other hand, had an outstanding season last year. He made over 500 runs and would be hoping to replicate a similar performance in the upcoming edition.
Middle-order: Chris Lynn and Suryakumar Yadav
At number three, MI is likely to go with Chris Lynn. Being a new member to this side, he would be rearing to showcase his talent this time and contribute to the team’s cause.
Suryakumar Yadav has been a prolific run-scorer for MI in IPL 2020. He has been scoring consistently for the team over the last few years.
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya
It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the trio of Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard have been at the core of Mumbai’s success in IPL. All three are expected to benefit both from bat and ball in UAE.
Spin bowlers: Rahul Chahar and Jayant Yadav
Each franchise knows that Mumbai lacks a world-class spinner in their squad and this might cost them in UAE. Though, Rahul Chahar was sensational last year and would be eyeing a similar season in IPL 2020 as well. Looking at the slow surfaces of UAE, Mumbai Indians might tempt to prefer Jayant Yadav instead of Nathan Coulter-Nile in the playing eleven.
Fast-bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult
In the absence of Lasith Malinga, Trent Boult is likely to share the fast bowling duties with Jasprit Bumrah. Both are strike bowlers and are lethal in death overs. The duo will prove to be the most difficult customers to deal with in Mumbai Indian’s bowling department.
Mumbai Indians Full Squad for IPL 2020
Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Sherfane Rutherford, Surya Kumar Yadav, Trent Boult, James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, and Mohsin Khan.
Strongest Predicted XI of Mumbai Indians:
- Quinton de Kock (WK) ✈
- Rohit Sharma (C)
- Chris Lynn ✈
- Suryakumar Yadav
- Hardik Pandya
- Kieron Pollard ✈
- Krunal Pandya
- Rahul Chahar
- Jayant Yadav
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Trent Boult ✈