In the 2019 Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians beat their toughest competitor Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and took their fourth title. Coming into 2020 IPL, the defending champions are the most deserving team to win the trophy.
In the past, Mumbai Indians have already shown their expertise and skills to handle any situation and they are all set to prove their capability in the UAE also. Stumpsandbails analyzed the team completely and find out some details. So let’s take a look at those crucial points.
The most crucial factor of this team is the captaincy of Rohit Sharma. Without the compulsion, Rohit Sharma has designed the whole team such that they are not settled anything less than victory. Apart from Rohit, Mumbai Indians gets benefits from the T20 superstars like Hardik and Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Surya Kumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, etc. They have also two dangerous bowlers- Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah. Last year because of the Sri Lankan veteran, Lasith Malinga, Mumbai Indians was able to win the fourth title. With all these impressive players’ list, Mumbai Indians also included Chris Lynn and Trent Boult to their line-up.
If we see overall performance and players’ inclusion, they have a little weakness. They are a complete full-formed unit. Although they have an excellent pace unit, the spin unit is not that much strong. No doubt leg spinner Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar are good but other than this duo, they don’t have any back-up spinner and an off-day can create problem for Mumbai Indians. The UAE pitches are very slow and the Mumbai Indians squad may miss the absence of an experienced bowler. Although they have Jayant Yadav, the off-spinner can’t hit in the shortest format that much.
Rohit Sharma, Anmolpreet Singh, Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Hardik Pandya, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ishan Kishan, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Quinton de Kock, Sherfane Rutherford, Trent Boult, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohsin Khan, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Digvijay Deshmukh.
4. Stars to watch
Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah.
5. IPL prediction
With all these expertise, Mumbai Indians should reach play-offs easily. The actual challenge for them will be breaking the pressure as defending champions and if they are able to do so, then definitely this time also they can mark their impact.