A sneak peek into what is brewing in the Mumbai Indians camp ahead of the IPL 2018.
When it comes to playing fearless cricket, Mumbai Indians, the most successful team in the history of Indian Premiere League comes in mind.
The defending champions of IPL will have to perform well this year since there will be a lot of expectations form them. The three-time champions have gone for a squad that is heavy on uncapped players and the batting department looks a bit scratchy alongside the spin options too.
The Nita Ambani-owned side has kept just six of the 18 players who turned out in their colors in 2017. Besides retaining skipper Rohit Sharma, all-rounder Hardik Pandya and pacemen Jasprit Bumrah, they used the Right To Match card to keep all-rounders Kieron Pollard of the West Indies and Krunal Pandya in their ranks.
Mumbai Indians Squad Analysis
The Mumbai Indians have thrived on getting many domestic players that give them a new look. Former Indian U-19 skipper Ishan Kishan leads the line alongside Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, and Sharad Lumba. Coach Mahela Jayawardene gave an insight as to how the squad will come together and start preparing for the coveted tournament starting in April.
Batsman :Rohit Sharma is the fulcrum of this batting lineup, and needs to take over and build a platform for his team.West Indies Even Lewis is a handy pick for MI Paltan as he can exploit his batting strength in shorter formats, considering the current form he is in (WCQ) he will open the innings.The middle order consists player like Surya Kumar Yadav and Saurabh Tiwari and South Africa’s specialist JP Duminy.
All-rounders : The team has a quite interesting bunch of all- rounders. The main core of MI are there all-rounders in Pollard and the Pandya brothers. These three gives the side a better look when it comes to finishing the game for their side.
Bowlers : MI has gone with one of the best looking pace bowling unit among all the teams. Bumrah will lead the pace attack alongside Pat Cummins who has been in good form in Ashes and ODI series lately. Mustafizur and Jason Behrendorff left arm pacers have been picked by the side which will be a hand pick for them.
The spin department lacks the punch for Mumbai. They do not have any big names in this section. Sri Lanka’s Akila Dhananjaya, who had impressed against India last year, is likely to head the spin department alongside Krunal. Youngster Rahul Chahar is also part of the squad.
Mumbai Indians have opted Mahela Jaywardene as head coach and Shane Bond as their bowling coach.
Squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rehman, Pat Cummins, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, JP Duminy, Jason Behrendoff, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Sharad Lumba, Siddesh Lad, Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dhananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Nidheesh
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