CLT20 team profile: Mumbai Indians

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The Mumbai Indians have won this tournament before and are the current Indian Premier League champions, suggesting they've formed the correct measure and combinations to trump the unpredictability of Twenty20 cricket.

<b>Captain:</b> Rohit Sharma<br><b>Coach:</b> John Wright<br><b>2012 CLT20:</b> Group B exit<br><b>C365 Rating:</b> 9/10<br><b>Betting Odds:</b> <a href='http://www.paddypower.com/bet/cricket/champions-league-20' target='_blank' class='instorylink'>4-1</a>

<b>Strengths</b><br>The Mumbai Indians have won this tournament before and are the current Indian Premier League champions, suggesting they've formed the correct measure and combinations to trump the unpredictability of Twenty20 cricket.

Former spinner and captain Anil Kumble's switch from the Royal Challengers Bangalore to Mumbai has help immensely. Kumble is the ideal mentor and role model to the youngsters in the squad, particularly the slow bowlers.

The Australian connection in Mitchell Johnson and Glenn Maxwell make for a daring combination. The duo have been fruitless at Test level, but their limited-overs aspirations will be well facilitated this time around.

<b>Weaknesses</b><br>Pressure is mounting on India to oblige Sachin Tendulkar's quest for a 200th Test cap and, in the twilight of his career, the same is true at domestic level. Should past success warrant a berth in the current XI? Probably not.

The uncertainty of not knowing who their second opponents will be won't help the homework of Mumbai – and their many backroom analysts. Instead, they must sit through the qualifiers before their 23 September rivals are decided.

The captaincy remains circumspect. Tendulkar, Aaron Finch and Harbhajan Singh led in the past, with Rohit Sharma the most recent at the helm. A firm decision is needed, rather than this largely inconsistent approach.

<b>Star Player</b><br>Second only to Chris Gayle in six-hitting capability, Kieron Pollard is the complete Twenty20 package, considering his military medium pace will be well suited to conditions on the sub-continent.

<b>Bench Warmer</b><br>There is only room for so many batsman, particularly those at the top of the order, with Dwayne Smith likely to take a backseat to the aspirations of Rohit Sharma, Tendulkar, et al.

<b>They Said</b><br>"Well, pressure will always be there. It's a fact that MI are the current IPL champions. But I think we can carry that confidence into the CLT20. We need to show that confidence right from the first game. I am really looking forward to it, as are all the players and support staff members. Everybody is up to it and hopefully we can go all the way." – team mentor Anil Kumble.

<b>Squad</b><br>Rohit Sharma, Abu Nechim, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rishi Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Dinesh Karthik, Glenn Maxwell, Pragyan Ojha, Akshar Patel, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Smith, Aditya Tare, Sachin Tendulkar.

<b>Fixtures</b><br>Saturday, 21 September: v Rajasthan Royals, Jaipur<br>Monday, 23 September: v TBC, Ahmedabad<br>Friday, 27 September: v Lions, Jaipur<br>Wednesday, 2 October: v Perth Scorchers, Delhi

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