IPL 2021 – Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians (MI) are the most successful team in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), having won the trophy five times. What’s more, their dominance has grown in the last few years. Of the last four editions of the tournament, the Rohit Sharma-led side has won three. Two of those victories came in nail-biting, final-over finishes – in 2017 and 2019.
So, it is no surprise that going into the 2021 season of IPL, the Mumbai team are being seen as favourites again according to the cricket experts.
IPL 2021 – Big Compliment for Mumbai Indians: The tweet by former England captain Michael Vaughan suggesting that the final T20I in the recently concluded series between India and England was basically the MI side taking on the visitors wasn’t a potshot at the Indian team but a compliment to the defending champions.
If Mumbai triumphs again this year, they would become the first team in the IPL’s history to make a hat-trick of titles. But are they really the favourites? And if yes, why is that?
Let us give you four reasons why the team in blue would again be the one to beat in the upcoming season of IPL.
IPL 2021: Form of batsmen
It seems like the batsmen on whom MI would be relying are regaining their form just at the right time for their franchise team. Rohit Sharma’s incredible consistency in international cricket has continued during England’s tour of India. He would again be the most feared batsman in the line-up.
But what would delight the MI captain, even more, is the great impact that Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan made in the recently-concluded series against England. While Yadav has been a regular for Mumbai in the domestic circuit, Kishan first came into the spotlight through the 2016 U-19 World Cup.
Both these players left the spectators and experts full of praise with their stroke-making ability when they scored their respective half-centuries against England. But they are not the only ones getting into the groove for the IPL.
MI veteran Kieron Pollard has also put the bowlers on notice with his big-hitting in the recent T20I series between Sri Lanka and hosts West Indies. He became only the third player in the history of international cricket to hit six sixes in an over during that contest. This is an ominous sign for the bowlers.
IPL 2021: Jasprit Bumrah well-rested
Despite his young age and great fitness, Jasprit Bumrah has had to bear a great deal of workload. Due to his brilliance in all three formats, he has to bowl more overs than most other pacers in world cricket.
Perhaps it was this workload that saw him getting injured in Australia before the final Test at Brisbane. He soon recovered though and was in action again during India’s home series against England. However, the nature of pitches meant that he had to bowl very little. The spinners did most of the work.
Having missed the T20 series against England, Bumrah should be fresh and raring to go in the IPL. With the Mumbai team relying heavily on his accuracy and skill, his fitness is one of their biggest concerns. As of now, the signs are good.
IPlL 2021: Hardik Pandya is back
IPL is the platform through which Hardik Pandya became a star. The talented all-rounder suffered from injury earlier this year but is now back to full fitness and looking set to get back his big-hitting prowess. He is also starting to find his rhythm with the ball. With him in their ranks, MI look much more balanced and formidable.
IPL 2021: Quinton De Kock’s return
Captaincy wasn’t suiting Quinton de Kock and he made no secret of it. Heeding his request, the South African selectors have taken the burden of captaincy away from the dashing wicketkeeper-batsman and allowed him to focus on his personal abilities.
His opening partnership with Rohit Sharma has become one of the pillars of Mumbai Indians’ success. That is likely to continue this season.
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