Mumbai Indians – Record breaking 4 time IPL Champions

Mumbai IndiansManupriyam Gupta: Mumbai Indians – Record breaking 4 time IPL Champions. first team to grab 3 IPL winners tag after defeating the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPG) by the narrowest margin of 1 run in the thrilling finals of 2017 edition. 1st team to win 100 matches in the History of IPL & repeating the same feat against CSK as that of RPG in the 2019 Finals certainly justify the tag of being the most successful team in the Indian Premier League. The 2020 IPL auctions was only being utilized by the team management to beef up their ruthless squad in order to tick all the boxes, not only in the major departments of the game, but also the fact of erasing the orthodox revolving around not winning the title in the even years (IPL Champions- 2013,2015,2017 & 2019). With 6 new players bought in the auction, Chris Lynn and Nathan Coulter-Nile among the top guns.

Mumbai Indians Squad 

Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Mohsin Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ishan Kishan (wk), Quinton de Kock (wk), Aditya Tare.

The current squad in the tournament clearly boasts off some of the strengths of the team in form of All-rounders & middle-order core, fast bowing resources and ability to win pressure games; comparatively less-experienced spinners as compared to others will be a huge challenge to overcome.  With 2 left-arm spinners in form of Krunal Pandya & Anukul Roy, the duo combo of Jayant Yadav & Rahul Chahar forms an inevitable duo of off-spin & leg-spin. The latter will have an important role to play in MI journey of IPL 2020, who had a great impact for the successful journey of the team in the previous year. Based on the analysis of odds by four of the biggest legal sports betting platforms of the world- Bet 365, Betway, William Hills & Betfair- MI are favourites to win the IPL 2020 leading the list among others with 16.9% chances.

Probable Playing XI- Rohit Sharma ©, Quinton De Kock, Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav,  Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Coulter- Nile, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.

Rohit Sharma– The skipper, who started as a regular opener for India since the 2013 Champions Trophy, featured as a regular opening face for MI on a regular basis in 2019. Rohit definetly knows the amount of destruction; top-order can create in the tournament with Quinton De Kock & Chris Lynn in the line-up, the management would like to accept the challenge of challenging the most ruthless top-order of the tournament (David Warner, Jonny Bairstoe and Kane Williamson) of SRH.

Quinton De Kock– The trade deal from RCB in 2019 proved to be a profitable deal for the MI, as the wicketkeeper-batsmen amassed 529 runs with a S/R of 132.91 & emerged itself as one of the strong performers for MI. The risk-taking ability of the left-hander in the powerplay helps to ease off pressure from his Captain- Rohit Sharma & thereby allow the latter to play his natural destructive game.

Chris Lynn– One’s loss is certainly another’s gain & Mumbai Indians will act on the saying from Day 1, who was quick to snap the hard-hitting Aussie and former KKR player- Chris Lynn. His ability to provide explosive starts & the rich experience from the Big Bash certainly makes him the X-factor the triumph card for the Indians in IPL 2020.

Suryakumar Yadav– The Mumbai locate stands ability to dismiss the Number 4 conundrum for Mumbai Indians who has done exceedingly well for the MI paltan so far with more than 400 runs each season. The flexibility he brings alongwith the ability to play spin and pace equally well certainly makes him ahead in the race for the position.

Kieron Pollard– An aggressive all-rounder in the middle-over, while batting as well with the ball in the hand is certainly on the checklist of every captain in the shortest limited over format. The Trinidadian cricketer is certainly the play-card which Rohit can utilize at crunch situations in the long format.

Krunal Pandya– The left- hander elder Pandya will have an important task to emerge himself as a more polished winning all-rounder for his squad. Often being used as a floater, Krunal might look to emerge as a regular match saving option.

Hardik Pandya– Second highest S/R of previous season (191.42), aggregating more than 400 runs despite coming lower down the order, Hardik will be itching to get back on the field and add his name in the list of “Most Valuable Player”

Rahul Chahar– The lead spinner for the defending champions will aim to fit himself for the role of attacking spinner in the middle-overs for his squad. His bowling statistics clearly reflect the more chances given to the youngster, the more success he brings alongside him. Extracting the best by exposing him more will be the mantra for the 4 time winners.

Nathan Coulter– Nile: Having played for multiple franchises including Delhi Daredevils (2014), Kolkata Knight Riders (2017), Royal Challengers Bangalore (2018), Nile will now join the robust attack including the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult & Hardik Pandya. He could be seen as a regular face in the playing XI for the fact of his death bowling skills. Fetching a massive price tag of 8 crores in the 2020 IPL, he certainly is dealing with the huge task of being something extra rather than just a backup option for the MI bowling line-up.

Trent Boult– The left-arm Kiwi quick, on one had proved himself as a wicket taker in the powerplays and on the other hand struggled dealing with the death overs. With Jasprit Bumrah providing a cushion for the death, Boult could transform his game to be ruthless at the start and in the middle overs, thereby forming an integral part of the bowling unit.

Jasprit Bumrah– 19 wickets from 16 games in the previous season and managing to keep the economy rate below 7 in the last 2 years, Boom Boom Bumrah is truly an X-factor  and likely to make an major impact through his performance given he maintains his fitness.

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