Mumbai Indians have been the most successful IPL franchise and probably are the best T20 domestic (franchisee based) team in the world. They have won the most number of IPL seasons (5 times) and are also the champions of IPL 2020 season.
In the previous season, Mumbai Indians were table toppers and it looked as if the remaining seven teams were playing against each other to face Mumbai Indians in the final.
The biggest strength of the Mumbai team is the strong Indian core they possess. The likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan provide the much-required stability in the middle-order.
Mumbai Indians has also groomed Rohit Sharma as a leader, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya who all went on to be match-winners for both Mumbai Indians as well as Indian national side.
Credit goes to the support staff and scouting unit who attend the domestic tournaments held in India to spot talent, assess them and nurture them to bring into the Mumbai Indian squad.
For this year’s IPL, CricBets predicts that Mumbai Indians would start favorites to win the title again.
Extending the 3-year retention contract, i.e pushing the mega auctions one year ahead, has allowed Mumbai Indians to retain their core group of players.
Mumbai Indians is a franchise which backs their players for a long time, however surprisingly they have released long-serving Lasith Malinga, James Pattinson who had been a front-line bowler in the previous season and an experienced campaigner Mitchell McCleaneghan. Sherfane Rutherford, Mitchell McCleneghan, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant R are other players who have been released.
After releasing these players, they have a remaining purse amount of 15.35 Crores INR.
Because of the fact that they are the defending champions and have the most balanced team, they won’t require any big buys in the auction table. The saying ‘why fix it if not broken’ suits well for this team.
There is a possibility that the Mumbai Indians might bring back Malinga either as a player in auction or as bowling consultant. They might go for overseas fast-bowlers as a replacement for the released bowlers. They also lack a quality spinner, therefore they bid for spinners too.
On paper there is no doubt that Mumbai Indians is well settled and strong in comparison to other teams.
Below is the ideal combination/ Playing XI for MI
Openers: Rohit and De Kock (Chris Lynn as a back-up)
middle order: SK Yadav and Kishan (S Tiwary if required)
finisher: Pollard,Hardik and Krunal
Pacers: Boult, Bumrah (one or two required)
Spinner: Chahar (one or two required)
They have all their boxes ticked except a few areas which they can sort it out in the mini auction.
This team is capable of replicating the 2020 IPL season run, the only thing which doesn’t go in their favour is that this year’s IPL season will be played in India (IPL 2020 was played in UAE).
Change of venue, changes the fortunes of both strong teams and underdogs. In a tournament like IPL where all teams compete hard and the points difference between number one team and number eight team is just six (from the previous season’s points table), you never know anything could happen.
The law of averages goes against Mumbai Indians, but if they manage to defend their title yet again in 2021, then it will be for the first time that an IPL team will win titles in three consecutive years.
So, keep your fingers crossed if you are a Mumbai Indians fan!!