The five-time champions Mumbai Indians are all set to defend their title once again where on the other hand the Royal Challengers Bangalore will eye for their Maiden IPL title. The first league match of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League will be played between MI & RCB on the 9th of April in Chennai.
Mumbai Indians are the most successful franchise of the IPL. Skipper Rohit Sharma and the team management both have led a very balanced team, playing with various team combinations according to the conditions. Going forward in the tournament the team will look for a similar approach.
The team released one of their oldest match winner Lasith Malinga. They also released some big names from the squad such as Mitch Mcclenaghan, James Pattinson. On the other hand, MI invested in kiwi pacer Adam Milne, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, and Arjun Tendulkar. Let’s have a look how their first XI may look like.
Mumbai Indians Openers:
Mumbai Indians have always been a side which has a variety in their batting they always experiment with their opening pair. In the Previous season, Quinton De Kock and Rohit Sharma used to open the Innings for MI, both of them played an exceptional role as openers. Apart from skipper Rohit Sharma opening the Innings Chris Lynn is also a good option for opening the innings, as he has earlier opened the game while playing for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Mumbai Indians have one of the strongest middle order lined up in IPL. Suryakumar Yadav & Ishan Kishan who recently made their international debut played an anchored role as middle-order batsmen in the previous season. They both were very impressive last season the team would be relying on them as important middle-order batsmen. Apart from the young talent, MI’s one of the most experienced middle-order batsmen is Kieron Pollard who is a player the team can rely anytime on upon, in the last season he wasn’t seen in a great form with the bat hopefully this year we get to see more of Kieron Pollard.
The Pandya Brothers are the key match-winners that MI have on their side. They can never afford to play a single game without the Pandya brothers. Both the all-rounders Hardik & Krunal have an important role to play in the lower order as they get to finish the games for their team. They both have a great impact on the team. Hopefully this season brings the best out of them.
Mumbai Indians Bowlers:
MI’s bowlers have always been the backbone of the team. The yorker king Jasprit Bumrah & Kiwi pacer Trent boult had an incredible season with the ball last year. MI released one of their most experienced bowlers Lasith Malinga this year and bought Piyush Chawla into the side his experience in this format will be a key factor for the team.
As the first match is been played in Chennai where the pitch is traditionally spinner friendly, the team may keep 2-3 spinning options such as Piyush Chawla, Rahul Chahar, and Krunal Pandya in the team. Having Hardik and Krunal in side will give more bowling options as well as depth in the batting.
For the opening game against RCB, MI would be looking to dominate from the first game itself. Here is what the team would look for in the first game (as per the conditions)
MI’s Possible Playing XI – Quinton de Kock (wk), Chris Lynn, Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
The team reached Chennai on the 1st of April and have started training at the net sessions. As per the Covid protocols given by the BCCI the security of the team bubble is maintained.