The Mumbai Indians (MI) franchise is the one to beat in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament. Coming off the back of two successive titles, MI will want to become the first team to do the three-peat. Going by the look of things, they will be favorites to win the tournament for a record-extending sixth team. The team balance is top notch and the talent pool available holds them in very good stead.
Last season, Mumbai Indians breezed through to the title as they finished top of the table in the league stages before going on to beat Delhi Capitals (DC) in both the Qualifier 1 and the final.
MI didn’t make a lot of changes to their squad during the retention window and the auction. At the auction, they focused solely on getting more pacers to strengthen their bowling attack. Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Milne and James Neesham were their top overseas buys while Piyush Chawla was roped in to add an extra spinning option. The acquisition of Arjun Tendulkar also made news following the auction.
Mumbai Indians: Team Overview
Let’s take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the franchise.
MI have perhaps the most balanced team in the tournament. The players will be high on confidence and almost everything about the team does appear strong. They have an excellent batting line-up that also bats deep, they have top-notch all-rounders and more importantly, they have some of the most feared fast bowlers in the world.
They are led by the ever dependable Rohit Sharma and with some excellent bench strength at his disposal too, this time around, MI would fancy their chances of doing the three-peat.
There aren’t a lot of weaknesses for MI and if there is one thing that could work against them, it could be the weight of expectation. Anything less than a title win would be considered a not so good season.
MI’s spin attack while reliable is not the best in the tournament. Rahul Chahar, Piyush Chawla and Krunal Pandya can keep things tight but batsmen would look to target them due to the strength of the MI pacers.
Mumbai Indians: Season Wise Performance
|Year||Captain||Result||Top Batsman||Runs||Top Bowler||Wickets||Win%|
|2020||Rohit Sharma||2nd||Ishan Kishan||516||Jasprit Bumrah||27||68.75|
|2019||Rohit Sharma||1st||Quinton de Kock||529||Jasprit Bumrah||19||68.75|
|2018||Rohit Sharma||5th||Suryakumar Yadav||512||Hardik Pandya||18||42.86|
|2017||Rohit Sharma||1st||Parthiv Patel||395||Jasprit Bumrah||20||70.59|
|2016||Rohit Sharma||5th||Rohit Sharma||489||Mitchell McClenaghan||17||50.00|
|2015||Rohit Sharma||1st||Lendl Simmons||540||Lasith Malinga||24||62.50|
|2014||Rohit Sharma||4th||Lendl Simmons||394||Lasith Malinga||16||46.67|
|2013||Ricky Ponting/Rohit Sharma||1st||Rohit Sharma||538||Harbhajan Singh||24||68.42|
|2012||Harbhajan Singh||4th||Rohit Sharma||433||Lasith Malinga||22||58.82|
|2011||Sachin Tendulkar||3rd||Sachin Tendulkar||553||Lasith Malinga||28||62.50|
|2010||Sachin Tendulkar||2nd||Sachin Tendulkar||618||Harbhajan Singh||17||68.75|
|2009||Sachin Tendulkar||7th||JP Duminy||372||Lasith Malinga||18||35.71|
|2008||Sachin Tendulkar/Harbhajan Singh/Shaun Pollock||5th||Sanath Jayasuriya||518||Ashish Nehra||12||50.00|
Mumbai Indians: Team Stats
- Most Runs: Rohit Sharma (5230)
- Most 100s: Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya, Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma, Andrew Symonds, Quinton De Kock (1 each)
- Most 50s: Rohit Sharma (39)
- Best Batting Average: Lendl Simmons (39.96)
- Best Strike Rate: Hardik Pandya (159.26)
- Most 6s: Rohit Sharma (213)
- Highest Individual Score: Andrew Symonds (117*)
- Most Wickets: Lasith Malinga (170)
- Best Bowling Figures: Alzarri Joseph (6/12)
- Most 4-Wicket Hauls: Lasith Malinga (6)
- Most 5 Wicket Hauls: Lasith Malinga (1)
Here is the List of Mumbai Indians IPL 2021 fixtures, venues and match timings
|09/04||Chennai||Royal Challengers Bangalore||7:30 PM|
|13/04||Chennai||Kolkata Knight Riders||7:30 PM|
|17/04||Chennai||Sunrisers Hyderabad||7:30 PM|
|20/04||Chennai||Delhi Capitals||7:30 PM|
|23/04||Chennai||Punjab Kings||7:30 PM|
|29/04||Delhi||Rajasthan Royals||7:30 PM|
|01/05||Delhi||Chennai Super Kings||7:30 PM|
|04/05||Delhi||Sunrisers Hyderabad||7:30 PM|
|08/05||Delhi||Rajasthan Royals||7:30 PM|
|10/05||Bangalore||Kolkata Knight Riders||7:30 PM|
|13/05||Bangalore||Punjab Kings||3:30 PM|
|16/05||Bangalore||Chennai Super Kings||7:30 PM|
|20/05||Kolkata||Royal Challengers Bangalore||7:30 PM|
|23/05||Kolkata||Delhi Capitals||3:30 PM|
Mumbai Indians: 2021 Auction Buys and Trades
Complete list of all the released players:
Lasith Malinga, Mitch McClenaghan, James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sherfane Rutherford, Prince Balwant Rai, Digvijay Deshmukh
Complete list of players bought by KKR in 2021 Auctions:
Nathan Coulter Nile (5 crore), Adam Milne (3.2 crore), Piyush Chawla (2.4 crore), James Neesham (50 lakh), Yudhvir Charak (20 lakh), Marco Jansen (20 lakh), Arjun Tendulkar (20 lakh)
Mumbai Indians squad for IPL 2021
Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter Nile, Adam Milne, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar.