The team Mumbai Indians under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma is again ready to fight in the field to maintain their supremacy in IPL. But this time, the team is without the charismatic Lasith Malinga. He was the key player of the team and helped to bring triumph over Chennai Super Kings just with one run last season.
The Mumbai Indians are the most successful franchise in the history of IPL. In the IPL 2019, the team claimed its 4th crown. They became the only team with four IPL trophies in their credit. MI has strong and experienced key players like Quinton de Kock, the South African who scored 529 runs in 2019 IPL, Kieron Pollard, the West Indian, who hit a match-winning knock of 72 off just in 28 balls.
Rohit Sharma, the captain of Mumbai Indians, who is an experienced and high-class T20 all-rounder. Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian bowler, though not very successful during his country’s tour to New Zealand, maybe because of the coronavirus pandemic. Certainly, this 26-year-old will play a vital role in his side. Last he had 19 wickets with an economy rate of 6.63. He will be at his best performance this year in the absence of Lasith Malinga.
Besides these key players, the team has other good players like Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, James Pattinson, and Trent Boult. The most important thing that goes long way in franchise competition is the winning mentality of the team. And Mumbai Indians have proved their might with a winning mentality by winning the IPL more than any other team. If the list of their squad is scrolled down, there will be a reel of the name of proven champions.
Mumbai Indians will feel the absence of Lasith Malinga
The team has the worldwide best combination of opening batsmen like Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma. The local heavy middle order of the players like Surykumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Hardik Pandya is going to be proved as a strong core. Another major strength of the team is the death bowling of Bumrah.
The team may suffer from the absence of Lasith Malinga, who opted to be out of the competition this year. It may prove to be a blow to the squad as well as to the Mumbai Indians. Nobody can deny that Malinga cannot be replaced by any of the players for his unique action and unparalleled experience. It is yet to be seen whether his replacement with James Pattinson proves to be beneficial for the team. Trent Boult is another hope for the team. He took just five wickets for Delhi Capitals in 2019.
The most important thing is the team claimed its victory on the familiar home grounds. It is to be seen how the Mumbai Indians fare on the slow surfaces of UAE. Instinctively, they don’t look like a squad set up with them in mind. The time will only show whether the champions will back themselves with the same performance.