IPL 2021: Good news for Mumbai Indians ahead of Phase 2, Quinton de Kock, coach Mahela Jayawardena guide Southern Brave to The Hundred title –Defending champions Mumbai Indians will welcome a buoyant head coach Mahela Jayawardene and wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock from their exploits in the inaugural men’s The Hundred. Jayawardene led the Southern Brave to the title on Saturday with Quinton de Kock being one of the star performers of the squad. Jayawardene added the Hundred to an impressive list of honours before he joins the Mumbai Indians camp in the UAE, where he will be aiming to clinch a third successive IPL title.
The Mumbai Indians will welcome champions Mahel Jayawardene and Quinton de Kock in the UAE shortly after the duo were involved in different capacities during Southampton base Southern Brave’s journey to the title. The deafening champions congratulated Jayawardene and De Kock on social media and will hope that they can carry forward the winning momentum when they swap UK for the UAE. The South African wicket-keeper was one of the star performers during The Hundred, scoring 202 runs in just nine games with two fifties at an eye-catching strike rate of 172.64 at the top of the order.
As for Mahela Jayawardene, he has carried his success formula at Mumbai Indians to different parts of the globe to great success. The Southern Brave’s ascent to the title was built on little known stars taking up responsibility and producing the goods, which has been the ethos of his time at Mumbai Indians over the years. He also adopted a similar approach during his short BPL stint, where he led the Khulna Tigers to the playoffs in consecutive years.
He served as the batting consultant for the England team, which reached the final of the 2016 T20 World Cup in India. The SriLanka legend took over the reins at the Wankhede based franchise in 2015 and has led them to four trophies in just six years, making them one of the finest T20 sides assembled on the planet.
Jayawardene deserves praise for his work as he has managed to maintain a healthy environment at Mumbai Indians, and a host of players have subsequently made it to the Indian team, most recently Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav.
The five-time champions became only the second team to defend their title in IPL history and are the most successful franchise in the history of the competition, and will be among the favourites when they resume their campaign in UAE. Both Jayawardene and De Kock have fond memories from their trip to the gulf nation last season, with the latter being one of Mumbai’s top run-getters, scoring 503 runs in 16 games. The duo will be key if Mumbai have to make it a hat-trick of titles when they begin their campaign against Chennai Super Kings on September 19.