Mumbai Indian won the Champions League in 2011 but their lack of success in the Indian Premier League has been inexplicable. They start the IPL as one of the strongest teams and one of the favourites to win the IPL.
MI is one of those teams where other teams wish that their playing XI was comparable to their bench strength. With Ponting, Tendulkar, Harbhajan, Malinga, Karthik, Rohit Sharma etc., they have a great blend of youth and experience. Ricky Ponting’s form with the bat and his ability to lead a side with heavy-weights should help them.
They have all the resources to win almost every game they play and yet they don’t. Lack of man management has been one of their challenges. They have an unsettled opening pair which could affect the momentum of their scoring. In the bowling department, their overdependence on Malinga could cause trouble against teams that have worked a way out against the Sri Lankan bowler.
Key players Sachin Tendulkar, Lasith Malinga, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard
Ricky Ponting (c), Sachin Tendulkar, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Harbhajan Singh, Philip Hughes, Munaf Patel, Pawan Suyal, Pragyan Ojha, Dwayne Smith, Amitoze Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jalaj Saxena, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishi Dhawan, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Kieron Pollard, Aiden Blizzard, Lasith Malinga, James Franklin, Mitchell Johnson, Rohit Sharma, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aditya Tare, Jacob Oram.