IPL Team Profile – Mumbai Indians
The most successful franchise in IPL history, the Mumbai Indians are the undisputed kings of this league, winning the title 5 times, including in the last 2 seasons back-to-back. Owned by the family of the richest man in India – Mukesh Ambani, Mumbai Indians are the most well-run club off the pitch as well. They have traditionally boasted of the strongest of squads on paper, with some of the finest players to have graced this sport plying their trade for them at some point of their careers, none bigger than Sachin Tendulkar, who was the original icon player for this franchise.
Mumbai Indians are one of the original franchises of the IPL, active since the very first day of the league. They are owned by India’s largest conglomerate – Reliance Industries, and they enjoy the support of many Bollywood celebrities
The Mumbai Indians have seen some of the greatest players in IPL history play for them over the years. In the inaugural season, MI selected local boy Sachin Tendulkar as their icon player. In the first ever auction, they acquired many local as well as international talents such as Sanath Jayasuria, Lasith Malinga, Shaun Pollock and Harbhajan Singh. Sachin was assigned as the captain of a strong team on paper, and excitement was rife in the MI camp head of the inaugural IPL season in 2008.
However, MI got off to the worst possible start, losing their first 4 matches in a row and were rock bottom of the league table. Their stand-in captain, Harbhajan Singh, was then banned from the tournament for allegedly slapping Sreesanth after a match, in of the most controversial IPL incidents of all time. However, MI came back strongly in the second half of the season, with 6 consecutive wins, and barely missed out on the play-off spots, with 7 wins and 7 defeats in 14 matches.
In their second season, MI made some important trades to get in Shikhar Dhawan and Zaheer Khan to their squad, while also purchasing JP Duminy in the auction. With the season being played in South Africa due to elections in India, Duminy was on fire throughout the tournament, as was Sachin. Malinga started to display his magic with the ball as well, however the performers were too far and few in between, and MI against finished a lowly 7th in the league, with just 5 wins in 14 matches.
The 2010 IPL auction was a real game-changer for the Mumbai Indians, as they signed the Big West Indian Keiron Pollard for a sum of $750000, with the player eventually becoming one of their all-time most important signings. MI started the season brilliantly, with Sachin Tendulkar in incredible form. They topped the league table, with 20 points in 14 matches. In the semifinal they beat RCB after an inspiring performance from Pollard. In the final, however, they made some strategic errors and lost to arch-rivals CSK. Sachin ended the season with the Orange Cap with 616 runs.
2011 onwards, the MI squad really began taking shape, with the addition of current skipper Rohit Sharma for a whopping $2 million. They finished that season in 3rd place at the league stage, before eventually succumbing to RCB in the qualifier. 2012 was a similar story, as they finished 3rd in the league and managed to reach the final, where they again lost to bitter rivals CSK. 2013 was a breakthrough season for the Mumbai Indians, as they managed to win their first-ever IPL title with new skipper Rohit Sharma in inspiring form, and then managed to add the Champions League title to it as well.
Between 2015-2020, Mumbai Indians became the undisputed kings of the league, winning the title 4 different times, and formed an extremely strong core of the team which carried the team to unprecedented success. Rohit, Pollard, Pandya Brothers, Bumrah etc were some of the permanent fixtures of the dominant Mumbai side blazing through IPL over the years.
The 2019 final was the most dramatic IPL final till date, where arch-rivals CSK and MI met in the final for the 3rd time, and it was Mumbai that emerged as 3rd time lucky. CSK needed 2 runs of the last ball to win the match and the title, but Lasith Malinga had other ideas and he managed to take a wicket of that ball to hand MI a record 4th title.
In 2020, despite a very shaky start, MI managed to retain their title after a dominant win against first-time finalists Delhi Capitals in the final, to win their 5th title.
Indian Premier League
The Mumbai franchise were originally the most expensive team to be sold in the IPL, with Reliance Industries purchasing it for a sum of $111.9 million, in the inaugural IPL franchise auction. They purchased the rights to the franchise for a period of 10 years. In 2017, MI became the first franchise with a brand value more than the $100 million mark in the IPL. In 2019, it was valued at $115 million, making it the highest valued franchise for the 4th consecutive year.
Legends And Records
The Mumbai Indians have had some of the best players to have graced this league over the years.
Rohit Sharma is the franchise’s highest run scorer with 4060 runs in 151 innings between 2011 and 2020. He has struck 31 half-centuries and 1 century at a strike rate of over 130. He is also the longest-serving captain of the team, with a 60.34% success rate, winning 68 of the 116 matches played.
Kieron Pollard is another MI legend who is the 2nd highest scorer for them, with 3023 runs in 147 innings, while Ambati Rayudu hammered 2416 runs in 107 innings across 7 years.
Lastih Malinga is MI’s highest wicket-taker, with 170 wickets in 122 innings, and he is also the all-time highest wicket taker in IPL history. His mesmerizing yorkers have won plenty of matches for the team. The current highest wicket-taker is Jasprit Bumrah, with 109 wickets in 92 innings.
Some of the biggest names in world cricket have plied their trade for the Mumbai Indians over the years, such as Sanath Jayasuria, Ricky Ponting, Kevin Pieterson, Sachin Tendulkar, Mitchell Johnson, Harbhajan Singh among others.
Mumbai Indians 2020 IPL Performance Review
MI started the 2020 IPL in horrible fashion, losing the opening game to their bitter rivals CSK. That result put them bottom of the league table. They tehn lost their second match in 3 games, and seemed to be struggling, before a brilliant run of form saw them win 5 matches in a row to claim the top spot in the league table.
MI lost only 4 matches throughout the tournament, and topped the league table with 18 points in 14 matches, with 9 wins and 5 defeats. In the play-offs they overcame Delhi Capitals with ease twice, once in the qualifier and then again in the final, to win their 5th title.
The young Ishan Kishan was the top scorer for MI with 516 runs in 13 innings at an amazing average of 57.33. He agonizingly missed out on a maiden century by 1 run, as he scored a brilliant 99 against RCB. He also won the award for the maximum sixes in the league. De Kock and Suryakumar Yadav were also very consistent throughout, while Rohit Sharma contributed in between as well.
Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult terrorized batmen across the league with 52 wickets between them, giving MI the most potent pace attack. Boult won the man of the match award in the final as well, as he ripped through the DC top order to take 3 wickets.
IPL 2020 Auction
The Mumbai Indians did very well to retain the core of their title-winning team, and are looking like a very well -ounded team. At the auctions they addressed the issue of their strike bowler Malinga ageing, by signing Nathan Coulter Nile for Rs. 8 crores.
MI might have bought the bargain of the season by signing Chris Lynn at his base price. Lynn has been one of the most destructive batsmen in the world across several leagues in recent years, and has the potential to win them the title if he’s in form. They also traded in Sherfane Rutherford from Delhi Capitals, who may turn out to be another explosive addition to the batting lineup.
The Brothers Of Destruction – Mumbai Indians boast of two amazing Indian all-rounders who can each turns the game on its head, and the most amazing part is that they are siblings! Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya provided incredible depth to the MI batting middle order, and were adept with the ball, proving to be invaluable assets for the team this season.
The Indian Internationals – The presence of the Pandyas, captain Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, the consistent Suryakumar Yadav and even youngster Ishan Kishan gave MI an incredibly strong Indian contingent that carried them to the title.
The Deep Batting Lineup – Starting with Rohit Sharma and Lynn, then the West Indian giant Pollard followed by the Pandya brothers and wicket keeper Kishan, MI have a ridiculously deep batting lineup and that proved beneficial throughout the season.
The 2020 IPL Squad – Key Players
Mumbai Indians had a brilliant squad on paper, with plenty of big international names complemented by some top under-rated Indian talent. This squad had the perfect balance of power and talent, and it was not surprising to see them win the title.
Quinton De Kock – De Kock is one of the most explosive and consistent openers in limited overs cricket. The diminutive South African had another prolific season with the bat, emerging as the second highest scorer with more than 500 runs.
Ishan Kishan – Jokingly called the Indian De Kock, this was a breakthrough season for young Ishan Kishan, as he emerged as MI’s top scorer this season, with some brilliant explosive innings up top. He can be a major player for them in the future.
Rohit Sharma – MI’s inspirational captain did not have the best of seasons by his standards, but he always led from the front whenever he was fit. He gave some solid starts to the team, and stepped up when it mattered the most with a solid innings in the final to take his team to glory for the 5th time.
Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya – If the prolific top-order ever failed, MI had two explosive weapons in these two to destroy all sorts of bowling attacks with brute strength.
The Coaching Staff
MI have one of the most comprehensive and impressive coaching setups in the league. The director of cricketing operations is legendary pacer Zaheer Khan.
The head coach is SriLankan legend Mahela Jayawardene, while the batting coach is Robin Singh. The batting mentor is none other than the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, while the bowling coach is the legendary Shane Bond.
Having a coaching team full of legends has definitely played a part in imbibing a winning mentality in this squad.
MI regularly fielded formidable lineups, and many of these players played vital roles in winning that record 5th title.
De Kock (WK)