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How do the Mumbai Indians shape up this season?

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3rd September, 2020
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Let us take a look at the Mumbai Indians’ squad, as well as their strengths, weaknesses and key players.

Squad
Rohit Sharma, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Mohsin Khan, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Aditya Tare.

Strengths

Pacers
The Mumbai Indians have the best pace bowling attack in the IPL. The team has Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Trent Boult in the mix. They have got all the variations and special traits a bowler would want. Selecting the best pace attack from this will also be a tough task.

Batting
The Mumbai Indians have just bought the right players and they will be roaring to get to the pitch. Their top order consists of Chris Lynn, Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma, a trio anyone would love to have.

Rohit Sharma

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Then their middle order consists of Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard. The finishers are the Pandya brothers. This is the best batting line-up you need. The Mumbai Indians have players who are explosive from the start and all the teams will have their bowling tested when they face this mighty batting line-up. It just doesn’t get better than this.

Core players
One of the biggest reasons why Mumbai is so successful in the IPL is because of their core unit. They hold onto their core set of players every season and it has helped them quite a lot. Trusting the players will give them confidence and they will start to deliver consistent performances. Their core players like Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga and the Pandya brothers are all match winners in their own ways.

Captaincy
Rohit Sharma has been an excellent captain from the very first time he was given the responsibility. He has learnt quickly and adapted to many situations. Rohit has used his bowlers quite effectively and the field setting has been spot on. He is currently India’s vice-captain and has also led India in many tournaments like the Asia Cup and has gone on to win the trophy. The Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in the IPL with four titles to their name. Rohit Sharma will have another title on his mind this time around too.

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Weaknesses

Middle order
The Mumbai Indians have some youngsters in their squad and some of them will also get to play this season, but Mumbai will hope that players like Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare and Saurabh Tiwary perform on the big stage. Their Indian middle-order batsmen seem to be on the lesser side of their potential, which they will want to make right.

Spinners
The main weakness of the Mumbai Indians is their spinners. Mumbai lacks a proper spinner in their team. They have only Rahul Chahar, Krunal Pandya and Jayant Yadav to look into and they would not create many issues for the opponents who face players like Yuzvendra Chahal, Rashid Khan, Imran Tahir and more. Next time around, the Mumbai Indians will want to buy a couple of proper spinning options since they have no foreign spinners or any experienced Indians.

Key players
1. Rohit Sharma
2. Chris Lynn
3. Quinton De Kock
4. Hardik Pandya
5. Jasprit Bumrah