Mumbai: IPL defending champions Mumbai Indians’ team includes many big names, especially if it is about the batsmen. The solid opening pair of captain Rohit Sharma and South Africa’s Quinton Dickock will be the strength of Mumbai Indians in batting, besides Australian Chris Lynn will also be a better option if needed. At the same time, batsmen like Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, returning from injury Hardik Pandya and Kunal Pandya will strengthen the team’s middle order.
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Compared to other teams, Mumbai will have a bit of an edge here because it is expert in playing big shots. But the lack of experienced fast bowler Lasith Malinga and good spinners may weaken the chances of this team saving the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) title.
In such a situation, the main problem of the team will be in making the right bowling combination, especially in the spin department. It will be necessary for the team to adjust to the circumstances of Abu Dhabi’s slow pitches. Talking about fast bowling, Malinga withdrew from the tournament citing personal reasons. In his absence, pressure will be high on Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah, who took the highest 19 wickets for the team last season, has stayed away from cricket for a long time due to injury.
At the same time, among the foreign fast bowlers, Mitchell McLennaghan and Trent Boult give the option of bowling with left hand while Nathan Coulter will be Neil bowling all-rounder. However, the option has increased with the arrival of James Pattinson of Australia in the team. In such a situation, there will be a tough competition between all these for selection in the team.
Mumbai, one of the strongest contenders for the title, however, may miss the lack of good spinners. They have Kunal, which is like improvisation. High hopes are being given to the team from Rahul Chahar, who performed better in the last season. Last home season for off-spinner Jayant Yadav has not been good, so it will be seen how many matches he gets in this season. The team does not have any such player in the spin department who can turn the match.
In addition, Kieron Pollard, who played a key role in making Trinbago Knight Riders the champion by taking four wickets in the final of the Caribbean Premier League, can put his quota four overs. However, he has not been bowling regularly for the last few seasons. Let me tell you that the 33-year-old Pollard, who has been associated with Mumbai Indians for the last 10 years, has scored 2755 runs at a strike rate of 146.77. Pollard has also hit 176 sixes in the IPL, the most by any player of this team.
In a recent interview, coach Mahela Jayawardene has expressed his confidence in Rohit’s leadership. He said that this captain, who is batting effortlessly, likes to gather as much information about the opposition.