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IPL 2020: Strengths and Weakness of Mumbai Indians in UAE

IPL 2020: Strengths and Weakness of Mumbai Indians in UAE
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Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in the Indian Premier League with four league titles with them. One of the strongest outfits in the tournament is a unique trend where they have won the trophy every alternate year in 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019. Going by the trend, this year does not look too hopeful for them. Also, when part of the IPL was staged in UAE in 2014, Mumbai Indians lost all their five matches in that phase. However, the team is too strong to be not bothered about all these and will look to deliver another strong season. Let’s take a look at the Strength and Weakness of Mumbai Indians in UAE for IPL 2020. 

Squad

Rohit Sharma, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, James Pattinson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Mohsin Khan, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Aditya Tare

Strength and Weakness of Mumbai Indians in UAE

Overseas Stars

Quinton de Kock and Kieron Pollard will be two key players in their batting line-up playing different kinds of roles. De Kock will open and look to push the scoring rate high from the beginning whereas Pollard will look to come around 12-14th over and give the late push with his lusty hitting. Pollard is in sensational form in the CPL leading Trinbago Knight Riders to 10 straight wins in the league stage and making key contributions with the bat. His 28 ball 72 is arguably the best innings of this year’s CPL. They will be missing Lasith Malinga’s experience who has pulled out from IPL, but they have a host of overseas fast bowlers including Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell McClenaghan, and James Pattinson. Another interesting pick for them was Chris Lynn who was released by KKR and snapped up by Mumbai during the auction. If Lynn gets going in few matches it will be difficult for other teams to stop Mumbai Indians.

Indian options

Rohit Sharma is their biggest star and whether he comes in the opening or middle-order that will be interesting to see. Suryakumar Yadav was successful in the opening position for the last two seasons and will look to impress once again. The Pandya brothers will provide the all-round support and look to contribute in the middle order. Their one possible weakness can be their spin bowling depth. Rahul Chahar is an extremely talented bowler and expected to do well. However, they have released Mayank Markhande, and hence back up option for Chahar does not look promising. Jasprit Bumrah will look to lead the pace attack along with experienced Dhawal Kulkarni.

Best XI for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020

Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Jashprit Bumrah, Trent Boult. 

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