Mumbai Indians are arguably the strongest team in the Indian Premier League. In fact, in world cricket there would be hardly a few teams including national squads who can compete with this team which has won the IPL Trophy in the last two seasons. They are now looking good enough to make a hat-trick of trophies which will be a huge achievement.
The Strength of Mumbai Indians Lies in Their Players
In the recently concluded India vs England series, there were seven different Indian players who were part of the Indian squad in different formats. Their captain Rohit Sharma is arguably one of the top three batsmen in white-ball cricket. In Jasprit Bumrah, they have the world’s one of the top fast bowlers, and Hardik Pandya on his day can destroy any attack in a matter of few balls. Interestingly, after a successful IPL 2020, two of their young Indian batsmen, Surya Kumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan got their T20 debut against England and both players started their career with a fifty and man-of-the-match.
In fact, after these debuts they can play 11 international cricketers in every match, a feat only very few IPL elevens over the years can match. Along with the seven Indians, they also have South African attacking batsman and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, West Indian attacking batsman Kieron Pollard and New Zealand express fast bowler Trent Boult to complement them. For the 11th spot, they have various potential international options like Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Milne, and James Neeshan to support their key fast bowlers. The last two players are their latest purchases in the 2021 auction. Along with them, they have also secured the service of experienced Piyush Chawla who can work as backup and mentor for their young spinners Rahul Chahar and Anukul Roy.
Mumbai Indians will play their group stage matches at Chennai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Kolkata this year as no team is playing at their home ground this year. They will miss their home ground Wankhede stadium where they enjoy a huge fan following and a fully filled Wankhede generally put extra pressure on the opposition. But as they have shown last year, they have the quality to win even in alien conditions and it will be a challenge for all the other seven teams to stop the Mumbai Indians juggernaut towards the IPL 2021 trophy.
Rohit Sharma (capt), Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Neesham, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Yudhvir Singh Charak