Mumbai Indians is the only IPL team along with the Chennai super kings who have won this coveted title three times ever since IPL has established itself. Moreover, they have said to be the most balanced and strongest teams in all the IPL seasons over the years and even though they have not been able to make it to the playoffs for the IPL 2018, they still got all the right players and the spirit to make them secure a title victory in the upcoming IPL season in 2019.
Additionally, they have recently released some of the player s from their squad in the 2018 season which included big names like Pat Cummins, Akila Dhanjaya, Mustafizur rehman and JP duminy and although their bowling department is still struggling a bit, let’s take a look at the 5 reasons which make them utmost favorite to win the IPL 2019.
Reason #1 Most Balanced Squad
Mumbai currently holds the most balanced squad amongst all the IPL teams around and with the likes of Rohit Sharma,Evin Lewis, suryakumar yadav on the batting order, they have a big list of all-rounder like Hardik pandya, Krunal pandya, pollard and Ben cutting down the order.
On the other hand, their spin attack is led by one of the most talented spinners in the Indian domestic circuit, Mayank Markande and with him spinning a web around the opponent’s batsman along with Krunal pandya, the spin department looks as lethal as it was with Harbhajan singh around few years back. Additionally, they got some of the most lethal pace bowlers in their line up with Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchel Mcleneghan on board and together they both hold the entire prowess to downsize any world class team on any given day in IPL.
If we compare Mumbai’s squad to other teams, we can certainly quote that Mumbai has covered up almost every aspect while forming their squad from the beginning and whilst the auction for the IPL 2019 is just round the corner, we can expect some more artillery in the arsenal of Mumbai Indians.
Reason #2 Captaincy of Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma has proved his abilities as a captain for Mumbai Indians a number of times and three IPL titles over the years are a proof of the same achievement by every means. Moreover, it’s just not about his abilities in the batting department which has helped his team on the pitch, his decisions about changing the bowlers and the field placements at the crucial junctures is something which makes him on par with the likes of MS Dhoni.
Ever since Rohit Sharma took the captaincy role for the Mumbai Indians in 2013, he has made some of the most crucial decisions which have drastically changed the outset of the match eventually .All those who love IPL must have witnessed his cool and calmness during the IPL finals in 2017 against the pune team when Steven smith was taking his team home to a Title victory on the back of a brilliant half century. Right there, rohit decided t hand the ball to Mitchell Johnson and even though there were people who doubted on him for this, the ploy paid off and Mumbai earned a memorable victory by just 1 run in the Finals.
Reason #3 Perfect Bunch of All-rounder
You name it and they have it! We can certainly say that in context of the presence of multiple all-rounders in the Mumbai Indians team. While we look around their squad, we would surely find them as a team with most number of specialist all-rounders playing for their team in the IPL. The likes of Hardik pandya, Krunal pandya, Kieron Pollard and Ben cutting are some of the names which are threat enough to demoralize any team in a T20 match and this could well be quoted as a reason for their consistent performance in al the IPL seasons over the years.
One of the biggest advantages of having so many all-rounder is that you don’t really have to worry about playing an extra batsman or an extra bowler as you are assured that your all-rounder are always there to back you up with all the expertise in both bowling and batting department. With IPL auction going to be held in December, there’s every chance that Mumbai would add some more glitters to their already shining list of all-rounder for the coming season.
Reason #4 Their trust on their Core Players
Over the years, we have seen teams doing a lot of experimentation in their squads just to make it the right one for any given match. In case of Mumbai Indians, we can certainly say that they have put utmost trust in their core strength and always went by more or less the same team in every IPL match down the line.
Moreover, they have got one of the best and most consistent players in their lineup which has made them one of the strongest teams in the IPL history so far and when we look at their core, we would find names like Rohit Sharma, Hardik pandya, Pollard and others making it almost an unbeatable combination in all the matches. This is something which has made Mumbai Indians put faith in most of their key players and we can witness the same by looking at their list of retained players this year which is more or less same like previous years in the IPL.
Reason #5 Pace Bowlers
Although Mumbai Indians is already filled with a number of all-rounder in their squad, it’s their pace battery and specially Jasprit bumrah, who has been one of the biggest reasons for their successful run in the IPL competitions so far. He along with Mitchell Mcleneghan has proved their worth in both power plays and the death over with equal expertise.
More specifically, it’s been Jasprit bumrah who has threatened almost every batsman around with those lethal Yorkers and unplayable slower balls in the process and he has also brought a lot of success to the Indian national team along with his IPl franchisee Mumbai with the same skill set and hardcore efforts.
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