#KnowYourTeam: Will the Mumbai Indians continue to rule in IPL 2020?

NewsBharati    15-Sep-2020
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-Anjali Ankad 
 
With the hard-hitting batting line-up and quality pacers, the defending champions, Mumbai Indians are prepared to kick-off the Indian Premier League 2020. MI who had clinched their title last year is looking confident with enough talent and skilled players in their pocket. Led by Rohit Sharma, MI will be the favorites as they will try to win the consecutive trophies to script history in IPL.
 
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After Chris Lynn coming into the team, MI has a full-fledged batting line-up. If he and South African Quinton de Kock will open the innings for the team then the duo could make solid pair, bringing stability at the start. If this pair will open the game, then we can see Sharma bat at No. 3 - a rare scenario. With many teams struggling for the middle order, MI can depend on the middle order as Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, being the hard-hitters will help to put runs on the scoreboard. They will have a different advantage over others.
 
In the bowling department, due to the absence of Lasith Malinga who has pulled out citing personal reasons, Jasprit Bumrah will be under pressure who coming back after a lengthy injury layoff. However, the team has foreign pacers, Mitchell McClenaghan and Trent Boult give them left-arm option while Nathan Coulter Nile would be their bowling all-rounders. Australia’s James Pattinson will also be in options that will give hard time for the skipper and the selectors to call for a squad. There is also Rahul Chahar fill in for a full-fledged spinner. They have also Krunal for a perfect all-rounder.
 
Strengths:
 
As mentioned above, MI has already a powerful batting order which is perfect for the T20 format. With Lynn, who is known for his big hits in the T20 format, they look confident. On the other hand, Suryakumar Yadav, the Pandya brothers, and Kieron Pollard can smoothly brace the middle-order. MI has also plenty of options for the bowling attack, given the number of bowlers in their squad.
 
Besides, Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, and Dhawal Kulkarni, they have useful options as Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Rahul Chahar. Meanwhile, new entrant Anukul Roy can prove fatal for the opponents who were the joint leading wicket-taker at U19 World Cup where India won.
 
Weakness:
 
Spinners are really must-have players in a team to increase winning rate but MI lacks a quality spin attack and it can prove costly in the second half of the tournament. They do not have Mayank Markande who was their breakout star of 2018 and also played an important role in Mumbai’s 2019 title-winning campaign.
 
With him gone, Krunal has to join the hands, in this season, with young Roy and Rahul Chahar to play the supporting role. However, these players might have fewer chances to win the same number of matches for you as a Yuzvendra Chahal or Sunil Narine can do. Bumrah and Pandya coming from an injury break and the lockdown restrictions, it can be hard for the bowlers to win the matches for the team.
 
 
With these strengths and weaknesses,  will Mumbai Indians continue to triumph in the IPL 2020?
 
New entrants in the squad: Chris Lynn (Rs. 2 crores), Nathan Coulter-Nile (Rs. 8 crores), Saurabh Tiwary (Rs. 50 lakh), Mohsin Khan (Rs. 20 lakh), Digvijay Deshmukh (Rs. 20 lakh), Prince Balwant Rai Singh (Rs. 20 lakh).
 
Squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Aditya Tare (wk), Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Pattinson, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary Sherfane, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult.
 
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