Mumbai Indians is the most successful team in the history of Indian Premier League . With 3 IPL titles under their belt in 7 IPL playoffs, Mumbai Indians have established themselves as the King of IPL . Mumbai Indians will be gearing up for this winning the title this season as well.
Hardly few days left for the commencement of IPL , with the opening match between old rivals CSK and MI, the fans are going to witness some cracking performance for sure.
Mumbai Indians have held back with their winning combination, and hardly made any changes to their side. They seem to have already found the balance needed to win the trophy this time as well. Things didn’t go as planned for them in the earlier seasons with back to back failures till 2009, but since 2010, they have been on a roll .
Let’s take a look at the 4 reasons as to how Mumbai Indians can defend their title this season as well.
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Rohit Sharma leading the Mumbai Indians
He is the only captain to have won 3 IPL titles and till now, making him to most successful captain in IPL history. Rohit took over the captaincy in 2013 , and since then has always played pivotal roles in many of Mumbai’s victories.
He has also led the team to the Champions league T20 , where they emerged victorious for the 2nd time. Seems Rohit Sharma has been the lucky charm for the Mumbai based franchise . Rohit always had a good run in the IPL, even when he was a member of Deccan Chargers where he led them to victory in 2009.
Rohit Sharma is by far one of the most experienced players of IPL , be it with his captaincy or with his batting. Since 2013, even his International career has skyrocketed. He is the only person to have scored 3 double centuries, an average of 53.8 while opening , 2 T20i hundreds , also being the joint fastest to 100 runs in T20i ( 35 balls ).
Rohit also called as the Hitman , is someone who can open the innings as well bat at the middle order when needed ,with the same grace. He has the potential to give nightmares to even the most lethal bowlers . He is currently in the best form of his life and is expected to break many records in the years to come.
Once he gets going, then there is no stopping to this man. Tearing apart any opposition bowling attack is a piece of cake for Rohit.
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Key Players are back in the Squad
Mumbai Indians have always relied on having a balanced team. They have always focused on spending the money on the right players who can stand out and deliver the match winning performances.
If you look at some franchises , you may observe the hype associated with their players , who fail to deliver when it is most needed. Thus, ensuring you have the right players for the right job can be termed as the key to success for any franchise.
Mumbai Indians have always believed in their players , gave them opportunities to perform under tough situations. They have retained their core players in this IPL season as well who can ensure the victory this season as well.
Captain Rohit, Jasprit Bumrah, Pollard, Pandya brothers and some new entries this season form the core of the team. With such a destructive bowling and batting lineup, it would be hard for the opposition to sustain the mighty Mumbai’s blows.
Deadly bowling unit
Mumbai based franchise possess a bowling unit which can choke even the best batsmen , drain out the runs and tear apart the opposition batting lineup when needed.
With players like Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rehman, Pat Cummins and Mitchell McClenghan forming a lethal bowling attack, it would be difficult for any batting unit to even think about big hits. Pandya brothers , Ben Cutting and Kieron Pollard, being the all-rounders, form the icing on the cake to this bowling unit.
It would be a delight for the MI fans to watch the opposition getting crushed by this bowling unit. These bowlers possess the ability to go in for deadly toe crushing yorkers along with their pace and bounce variations. Thus ,the batsmen are in for some serious trouble.
Balanced Batting and Bowling Lineup
Mumbai Indians have always maintained a balanced batting and bowling unit. They possess the right blend of all-rounders, world class batsmen and bowlers. They also have excellent backup options available, if in case any top performer gets injured in the course of matches.
Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan , JP Duminy , Suryakumar Yadav form the batting unit. Ben cutting, Pandya Brothers , Pollard as the all rounders to support the Batting and bowling department. They also have lethal fast bowlers and spinners who can just pierce through the opposition.
Mumbai Indians fans would be very eager to see their favourite franchise in action in this season of Indian Premier League .