IPL 2020: Meet the teams – Mumbai Indians, the defending champions

Mumbai Indians (MI) are the defending champions of the league and the most successful franchise, in terms of title wins. The Rohit Sharma captained team remains the side to beat in every Indian Premier League season, especially after they began to pick up steam from the 2013 edition onwards, when they won their first title.
They are a force to reckon with when it comes to big match scenarios, having won four titles in the last seven seasons. And in this season too, they boast an array of cricketing talents who are eager to play like champions to defend their title.
THE BIG HITTERS
The Rohit Sharma led side consists of big hitters like India all-rounder Hardik Pandya, West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard, Australian big hitting batsman Chris Lynn, South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, apart from the skipper, Rohit Sharma himself. They are capable of setting big totals against any opponent and equipped to chase any target.
THE BOWLING SMOKING GUNS
Their bowling line-up led by India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah is ready to torment the opponent’s batting line-up. Giving Bumrah company in MI’s potent attack will be New Zealand quicks Trent Boult & Mitchell McClenaghan, Australian pacers Nathan Coulter-Nile & James Pattinson, along with experienced campaigner Dhawal Kulkarni. They also have a good spin attack comprising Rahul Chahar, Krunal Pandya, Jayant Yadav among others.

STRENGTHS
Leadership: Rohit Sharma’s calm and calculated leadership, and the fact that he is a prolific scorer himself – third in the all-time list, has made Mumbai Indians the team to beat in the league. They are the most successful side in the tournament with four titles, and their fortune changed with the change in command in 2013, when Rohit took up the reigns of the team. The sixth edition of the league was the first under Rohit’s captaincy and the India white-ball vice-captain delivered them their first title. Since then Rohit has added three more titles to his trophy cabinet in the last six seasons, establishing himself as the most successful captain in the league.
Rohit’s statistics as MI skipper:
Matches – 104
Won – 60
Lost – 42
Tied – 2
Big stage performers backed by a team of experts: MI are big stage performers and boast an 80% success rate in the summit clash, winning four of the five finals they have played so far. Not only do they have a team to face any situation, they have an army of excellent support staff to guide them over any hurdle. MI have an excellent support staff working behind the team. Their support staff consists of legends like Sachin Tendulkar as their icon, with Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene as head coach. They also have Zaheer Khan (Director of cricket operations), Shane Bond (bowling coach), and Robin Singh (batting coach) among others to help Rohit strategise their gameplan.

WEAKNESSES
Looking at their line-up and confidence under Rohit’s command, the only negative for MI this season is their past. They haven’t been able to defend their title in the last four occasions, winning all their 4 titles so far in alternate years. Will they be able to break the sequence and win back-to-back titles? Will the change of venues, UAE instead of India, change the fortune of MI this time around as far as that statistic is concerned? We will find out soon.
MI Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Mohsin Khan, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Aditya Tare, James Pattinson

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