Mumbai Indians Looks Set to Defend Their Title for a Second Time: IPL 2021

Where they Finished in 2020

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians dominated the previous season of the IPL and clinched their fifth title with ease.

They were among the best sides, and the entire team provided crucial contributions when needed.

They were one of the few teams who didn’t chop and changed their eleven so much but still seemed well balanced even when stars like Rohit Sharma were injured.

Batting:

In IPL 2020, the Mumbai Indians built a batting line-up full of six-hitters.

They had some influential Indian names in Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Hardik Pandya.

The two overseas batsmen were just as explosive, with Kieron Pollard and Quinton De Kock both in solid form.

Along with the five hitters, Mumbai had Rohit Sharma, who is as big a six-hitter as anyone.

There was a lot of batting muscle, and the power extends to the bench with Chris Lynn’s presence.

Along with Chris Lynn, the Mumbai Indians have also added James Neesham to support Kieron Pollard as the all-rounder side.

Bowling:

One of the main reasons behind Mumbai’s success is the strength of its bowling core.

The side has always invested in world-class bowlers and has added a few more bowlers to their roster this season.

Like last season, the core consists of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult and a third overseas seamer.

The spin attack consists of Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya.

With five Chennai matches, the Mumbai Indians may think about playing an extra spinner and have Piyush Chawla in the squad.

Even if they go for two spinners, Chawla’s name could come up in the debate.

He has been a part of the IPL for years and brings a lot of experience.

With Rahul Chahar struggling towards the end of IPL 2020, the Mumbai Indians may consider going in with Chawla, who can also contribute with the bat.

Last season, the Mumbai Indians had James Pattinson and Nathan Coulter-Nile sharing the third pacer’s role.

They have, however, released both pacers but bought back Coulter-Nile, while they have also added Adam Milne to the squad.

With Adam Milne recently finding his pace again, breaching the 150 kph mark with ease, the fast bowler could join his national teammate, Trent Boult, and Jasprit Bumrah, in the eleven.

The Mumbai Indians would have a new-ball specialist, a death specialist, and an all-out pacer bowler with the three together.

Along with the leading bowlers, Mumbai likes Kieron Pollard, James Neesham, and Krunal Pandya to provide some overs.

With Hardik Pandya unlikely to bowl and risk an injury ahead of the T20 World Cup, the Mumbai Indians will have to look for overs from some of their other all-rounders.

Young player to Watch out for:

At 6ft 8 inches, Marco Jansen is a player who could make a critical difference for the Mumbai Indians in the latter half of the tournament.

The tall pacer can touch speeds in the late 130s and has also managed to cross 140 on a few occasions.

He is still improving his speed, is young, and also provides a left-arm variety.

While he is young and a touch inexperienced, he has bowled to several Indian players in the past.

When India toured South Africa in 2017, Marco Jansen was a net bowler and managed to pick up the prized scalp of Virat Kohli in the Indian nets.

Ever since his exploits in the nets, Marco Jansen has gone on to play in all formats of South Africa’s domestic circuit.

He has an excellent T20 economy rate and could be a surprise package for Mumbai Indians.

Furthermore, the Mumbai Indians are known to groom some quality young talents.

Going by their history, Marco Jansen may be the latest talent to come up from the Mumbai Indians.

Predicted XI:

  1. Rohit Sharma
  2. Quinton De Kock
  3. Suryakumar Yadav
  4. Ishan Kishan
  5. Kieron Pollard
  6. Hardik Pandya
  7. Krunal Pandya
  8. James Neesham / Adam Milne
  9. Trent Boult
  10. Rahul Chahar
  11. Jasprit Bumrah

Sanjay Sanapoori

A mechanical engineering student, who has immense love for cricket. Been a fan of the game since 2009 and would love to stay involved with Cricket someway or the other.