IPL 2018: Team Preview - Mumbai Indians
With just a few days to go until the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), we have a look at how the squads shape up prior to the tournament. Having allowed teams to retain a maximum of three players, most teams have a fresh look to their squad, even though a few have managed to retain their core group. First up, we look at the squad of the defending champions – Mumbai Indians (MI).
Known for their big names, the Mumbai Indians have been able to retain a good portion of the squad that helped them lift the trophy last year. However, their squad looks less glamourous as compared to the previous editions. In particular, their spin department looks pretty weak and inexperienced with the likes of Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Jagadeesha Suchith making way Akila Dananjaya of Sri Lanka and the rookies Rahul Chahar and Anukul Roy.
The batting looks strong with most of their proven performers, from the previous editions, still in their squad and the all-round options in the Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard will have to take up more responsibility given the weakened spin department. Young batsman Ishan Kishan, who had a decent season with the Gujarat Lions last year, will be hoping to make his mark this season.
The surprising aspect of this squad is the lack of any big foreign names in the batting. One could argue that JP Duminy is a proven name in international cricket, but even his returns haven’t been great over the past couple of years. However, he had a good T20 series against India and a decent outing in the Pakistan Super League, and will be hoping to provide stability to the middle order.
The fast bowling unit will be led by Jasprit Bumrah, whose stocks continue to rise in limited overs cricket. The addition of Mustafizur Rehman and Pat Cummins will no doubt be sending a few shivers down the spines of the opposition batsmen.
On paper, the Mumbai Indians may not have the biggest international names but they have a squad which should be able to ensure them of a top four finish once again.
Probable best XI – Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Harik Pandya, Pat Cummins, Mustafizur Rahman, Jasprit Bumrah, Deepak Chahar
IPL 2017 Position - Champions
IPL 2018 Prediction - with many of the squad retained from last year, Mumbai Indians have a great chance of retaining the title and should certainly reach the final. For all the latest news, match reports and views, visit our IPL 2018 section.
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