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IPL 2021: Can five-time champions Mumbai Indians do an encore? | Cricket News – Times of India


MUMBAI: Five-time defending champions Mumbai Indians have it them to do an encore within the upcoming IPL.
A batting line-up dotted with huge energy-hitters together with the perfect dying bowlers make file five-time winners MI a formidable unit.
However, the absence of high quality spinners may damage them from registering a hat-trick of title triumphs.
STRENGTHS:
After lifting the trophy in 2019, Mumbai as soon as once more gained in 2020 when the profitable league was shifted to UAE because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The win was constructed on the staff’s power — their core has remained the identical over time and that is one of the most important causes for the facet’s dominant run.
MI’s batting is their largest power they usually possess a stable opening duo within the kind of skipper Rohit Sharma and South African Quinton De Kock, and if wanted, have an possibility in Australian arduous-hitting batsman Chris Lynn.
The ever-enhancing Suryamkar Yadav, younger Ishan Kishan, each of whom starred on their India debuts, the Pandya brothers — all-rounders Hardik and Krunal — and West Indian Kieron Pollard, make for a really sturdy center-order.
On the quick bowling entrance, the staff possess one of the best in Jasprit Bumrah, and the India pacer can be raring to go as soon as once more.
Last season’s new addition, New Zealand’s Trent Boult proved his value by taking wickets within the powerplay, together with within the huge remaining. Add Australia’s Nathan Coulter-Nile to it and it turns into an excellent tempo assault.

WEAKNESS:
Their issues may lie within the spin division, which is a bit mild, particularly on Chennai’s Chepauk monitor, which is normally sluggish and aids the tweakers. Lack of a wicket-taking spinner may damage the Mumbai Indians’ prospects.
Left-arm spinner Krunal, who was taken to the cleansers by the visiting England facet within the ODI collection, is extra of a restrictive possibility and there may be Rahul Chahar, one of the finds of the IPL.
Off-spinner Jayant Yadav performed solely two matches within the final season and it stays to be seen what number of video games he’ll get this time round.
Mumbai have roped in skilled leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, but when the staff persists with Krunal and Chahar, he may find yourself warming the benches.
Chawla, for the file, has 156 wickets within the IPL, the third highest for any bowler within the league’s historical past.
Mumbai have a powerful facet however do not have sufficient replacements for every slot and have comparatively younger gamers as their bench power.

OPPORTUNITY:
Given that each one of Mumbai center-order batters are huge-hitters, this might give the facet an benefit over others, particularly whereas chasing huge totals at locations like Chennai and Bengaluru.
THREAT:
All this would possibly make sure that Pollard should contribute with the ball too, and play the function of the fifth or the sixth bowler, relying on the enjoying XI that’s fielded.
Pollard, who has been with Mumbai Indians for a substantial quantity of time, is their second highest run-scorer (3,023 runs) after Rohit Sharma (5,230 runs) and has grabbed 60 wickets.
Pollard has additionally smashed 198 sixes and is the second highest for his franchise after Rohit, who has hit 213 sixes.
The opponents may fancy their possibilities however MI undoubtedly have the staff to go for a sixth title and third on the row.
They begin their marketing campaign towards Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai on April 9.

Squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), James Neesham, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Quinton De Kock (wicket-keeper), Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Yudhvir Singh. Mahela Jayawardene (Head Coach)

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