The Mumbai Indians have always been the high-flying team of IPL. They had the big buys in almost every year of IPL and kept a very high profile. And over the last couple of years, they have started matching their performance with their profile – with wins in IPL 2013 and Champions League in 2011 and 2013. Let us see how their team looks this year.
- Rohit Sharma, Mike Hussey, Ambati Rayudu and Apporv Wankhade are the pure play batsmen in the team.
- Corey Anderson, Keiron Pollard, Shreyas Gopal and Jalaj Saxena are the all rounders.
- CM Gautam, Ben Dunk, Sushant Marathe and Aditya Tare are the wicket keepers.
- Lasith Malinga, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh Hazlewood, Marchant de Lange, Krishmar Santokie & Puwan Suyal are the bowlers.
The bowling looks pretty good with Malinga, Zaheer, Bajji and Ojha. The batting is strong at the top – with Rohit Sharma and Mike Hussey, but looks weak beyond those two. The power in the team comes from the two big guns – Corey Anderson & Keiron Pollard. On hopes that CM Gautam will get to play many games – he is an exciting prospects coming from Karnataka and his performances over the last couple of seasons have been excellent.
On paper, when compared with the other teams in IPL, I think this team will struggle. The batting it too dependent on Rohit and Hussey and the bowling is too dependent on Lasith Malinga. Zaheer Khan & Bajji are not the bowlers they used to be and will go for plenty of runs on good batting wickets. Because of the lack of depth in batting, there will be too much pressure on Corey Anderson and Keiron Pollard. I would be very surprised if this team repeats the feat it achieved last year – it will do very well to reach the semi-finals.