Mumbai Indians who have won three IPL trophies and two CLT20 Trophies the same numbers, which their arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings have achieved till date.
Rohit Sharma who leads the franchise since season 6 has won them 4 of 5 titles under his captaincy and is the successful captain after MS Dhoni in IPL. The IPL match predictions and team Preview for Mumbai Indians will be as followed-
Mumbai Indians have played 11 seasons and have managed to appear seven times in the qualifying stage and four times in the IPL Finals. The team has a strong coaching staff support with all the legendary players like Sachin Tendulkar, Mahela Jayawardene, Shane Bond, Jonty Rhodes (earlier), Anil Kumble, Shaun Pollock.
If we observe properly that MI have won their every IPL trophy with an alternate year, like one year break and the next year trophy in their court, like in 2013, 2015 and 2017 so last year MI had taken a break so this year might be their another alternate year for the Cup.
Mumbai Indians bought six players this year with the likes of Lasith Malinga and Yuvraj Singh among the purchases, Malinga who earlier played nine seasons from Mumbai Indians and also holds the record of highest-wickets in IPL for all time. Whereas Yuvi who will be playing for his 6th franchise as year by year his form has been diminishing, concerning runs and strike rate.
There will be doubts on Hardik Pandya to play in the IPL or not due to his controversial comments caught on a talk show after which he was sent back from Australia to India and until any further statement from BCCI. There will be chances for Anukul Roy to feature in matches in place of Pandya as he also is a batting all-rounder.
MI had traded in Quinton de Cock from Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2018 and that gives them an opening option along with Evin Lewis, but then question raises if they use both the overseas opener than they can only play one overseas pacer in their Playing XI between Malinga, McClenaghan, and Behrendorff.
Usually, Kieron Pollard plays in the middle order and if not Pollard than Australia’s Ben Cutting can be his backup. Rohit Sharma will have to meet with the opening slots very carefully this year as they have been experimenting a lot since last few years.
Let us look at the 5 Predicted Mumbai Indians responsible for uplifting the team in various departments.
1) Suryakumar Yadav
The 28-year-old batsman has the energy to go for big shots wherever he bats and can play a sensible inning when more wickets are down. Last season he played both in the middle-order as well in the opening slot with Evin Lewis.
He was the highest run-scorer for Mumbai Indians and overall 8th last season with 512 runs at the strike rate of 133.33. He will be the crucial factor for the Blues to get quick runs on the board.
2) Rohit Sharma
The skipper who has the most runs for the team, i.e. 3323 from 124 innings. The Hitman has leg side as his target area where he would smash the bowler’s deliveries into the crowd mostly at the on-side.
If Sharma thinks to score big in the first innings, he should come at No.3 and in case of run-chase he can open the batting line-up. When Sharma does not score his team eventually collapses, that shows how important it is for him to play as a captain and the striking batsman for his team. We Predict him to be the highest run-scorer for MI this season, and he is expected to be in the top 10 runners list.
3) Jasprit Bumrah
The yorker king who rocked in the test series against Australia and was the key player for the historic series victory. He is generally used in death overs as he bowls many dot balls creating pressure on the opposition batsmen.
He has a defined plan for every new batsman and tries to execute that plan at the right time. He has got the wickets of big stars like Ab De Villiers and Glenn Maxwell. We Predict he will be there in the top 10 bowlers wickets list.
4) Krunal Pandya
The 27-year-old all-rounder made his International Debut against West Indies back in November last year. He bagged his career-best 4/36 in the final T20 at SCG helping India to restrict the opposition for 164 runs. He has earned fame after he has got the greatest batsmen of all time Ab de Villiers on four occasions in IPL.
5) Mayank Markande
The leg-breaker started with Mumbai Indians last year against the Super Kings in the IPL opener, where the leggie constructed difficulties for CSK to chase the target, with the help of his sharp googly he trapped the CSK skipper MS Dhoni to pick his first IPL wicket.
Last season he took 15 scalps from 14 matches. He will be the one spinning option in the team and will add breakthroughs in the middle overs.
These were the top-class Predicted players picked from Mumbai Indians.
Read Also- CSK Team Review.