IPL 2019 team guide: Mumbai Indians

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Three-time winners who alternate good seasons with meh ones and are thus guaranteed to win the lot this year. That’ll be the Mumbai Indians then.

Coach: Mahela Jayawardene
Captain: Rohit Sharma
Previous Best: Winners (2013, 2015, 2017)
IPL history
2008: 5th
2009: 7th
2010: Runner-up
2011: 3rd
2012: 4th
2013: Winners
2014: 4th
2015: Winners
2016: 5th
2017: Winners
2018: 5th


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Why They’ll Win It
Plenty of pedigree having won three of the last six, while fans of pretty patterns will have already noted that Mumbai have been alternating mediocre campaigns with title wins since 2012 and if that trend continues it’s victory number four for the Indians in 2019.

That’s obviously bollocks, but they would certainly expect to improve on last year’s underwhelming fifth-placed finish.

The batting and fast bowling stocks are plentiful in a much-changed squad. Ten players have been released and six acquired in the auction, and the result is a powerful and primarily Indian batting line-up that gives the Indians plenty of flexibility in a star-studded pace attack.

They’ve got strong options at the top of the order – especially if captain Rohit Sharma can be dissuaded from his baffling preference for batting in the middle-order – with Evin Lewis and new boy Quinton de Kock, while the late hitting looks in safe hands with the Pandya brothers, Ben Cutting, and Kieron Pollard.

Jasprit Bumrah, Adam Milne, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan and Jason Behrendorff represents an embarrassment of fast-bowling riches.

 

Why They Won’t
The spin department looks a bit thin. With people slowly coming round to the fact that the best bowling sides generally win T20 tournaments and the best bowling sides generally have top-drawer wrist-spin options then Mumbai have a problem.

 

Star Man – Hardik and Krunal Pandya
They’ve got the same surname so it’s clearly fine to cheat and have them both. Their importance is so huge, though. Top-class India players are for obvious reasons the most valuable players in the IPL. Top-class India players who can influence games in all three disciplines are the most valuable among those most valuable players. Hardik and Krunal Pandya would sit first and second on that list right now.

They give the Indians so much middle-order and bowling strength with their own contributions while also giving their side almost unique flexibility with their overseas spots.

Full squad: Rohit Sharma (capt), Evin Lewis (WI), Quinton de Kock (SA, wk), Anmol Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard (WI), Ben Cutting (Aus), Yuvraj Singh, Pankaj Jaiswal, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Adam Milne (NZ), Mitchell McClenaghan (NZ), Jason Behrendorff (Aus), Lasith Malinga (SL), Barinder Sran, Rasi Salam

 

Fixtures:

Sunday March 24
2000 IST/1430 GMT: Delhi Capitals, Wankhede Stadium Mumbai

Thursday March 28
2000 IST/1430 GMT: Royal Challengers Bangalore, M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bangalore

Saturday March 30
1600 IST/1030 GMT: Kings XI Punjab, IS Bindra Stadium Mohali

Wednesday April 3
2000 IST/1530 BST:  Chennai Super Kings, Wankhede Stadium Mumbai

Saturday April 6
2000 IST/1530 BST: Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad

Wednesday April 10
2000 IST/1530 BST: Kings XI Punjab, Wankhede Stadium Mumbai

Saturday April 13
1600 IST/1130 BST: Rajasthan Royals, Wankhede Stadium Mumbai

Monday April 15
2000 IST/1530 BST:  Royal Challengers Bangalore, Wankhede Stadium Mumbai

Thursday April 18
2000 IST/1530 BST: Delhi Capitals, Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi

Saturday April 20
1600 IST/1130 BST: Rajasthan Royals, Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Friday April 26
2000 IST/1530 BST: Chennai Super Kings, MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai

Sunday April 28
2000 IST/1530 GMT: Kolkata Knight Riders, Eden Gardens Kolkata

Thursday May 2
2000 IST/1530 BST: Sunrisers Hyderabad, Wankhede Stadium Mumbai

Sunday May 5
2000 IST/1530 BST: Kolkata Knight Riders, Wankhede Stadium Mumbai

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