IPL 2018 Team Review:
The team with most number of IPL titles, Mumbai Indians (MI) are certainly one of the top two teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Starting from the year 2013, they have gone on to win three titles in five years.
MI Captain Rohit Sharma is the only captain to have won the Indian Premier League (IPL) title thrice. Coincidentally Mahendra Singh Dhoni is in the opposition team in all the three occasions when Mumbai won the titles.
A total of 12 wins in the 17 games played in the IPL 2017 season and they will surely look forward to continue their winning momentum in the upcoming season.
The magic of Pandya brothers has worked quite well for Mumbai in their favor so far and this is the only reason why they have decided to spend INR 8.8 Crores to buy back Krunal Pandya at the Auction. This is the combo which everyone is looking forward to see in action in the upcoming season.
This is a team with good number of all-rounders and the addition of Duminy is a great news for the fans. He will surely support the already available long list of all-rounders in the team!
Malinga, who is not a regular in the Sri Lankan national team in the recent past, was remained unsold at the Auction. However, Jasprit Bumrah has a chance to lead the young bowling attack. Mumbai has gone for Jason Behrendorff at the Auction, who is later ruled out due to injury. Mitchell McClenaghan was later recalled to replace the injured pacer.
Mumbai Indians IPL titles:
2013: Having opted to bat first, Mumbai got off to a horror start against CSK losing their first 3 wickets for just 16 runs. However, they managed to get to post 148 on the board courtesy a 60 from Pollard. Their bowlers helped them defend this below par total to take a 23-run win in the end.
2015: The opponents in the Final match are CSK once again and Mumbai managed to beat them comfortably by 41 runs. Noticeably, MI started the 2015 season with four defeats in a row and they went on to win the title.
2017: This is the most dramatic finish beating Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) by just 1 run in the most thrilling Final in the IPL history. Most importantly, Mumbai were defending just a par score of 129.
Retained: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah
Auction: Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Pat Cummins, Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ben Cutting, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar, Pradeep Sangwan, Jason Behrendorff (out injured), Mitchell McClenaghan (replacement for Behrendorff), Jean-Paul Duminy, Saurabh Tiwary, Tajinder Dhillon, Akila Dhananjaya, Nidheesh M D Dinesan, Aditya Tare, Siddhesh Dinesh Lad, Mayank Markande, Sharad Lumba, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan
** Photo credits to Indian Express