IPL 2021, the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League, is expected to begin next month: here’s a look at the Mumbai Indians (MI), as they look to defend their record fifth crown which they won at the 2020 Indian Premier League.
MI were at their best under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, claiming a clinical victory over a young Delhi Daredevils side in the 2020 final. They finished on top of the points table after the league stage, winning nine out of 14 games. Mumbai hadn’t won an IPL trophy until the 2012 edition and since then, have claimed five titles in eight years.
In 2021, they remain the team to beat in the competition.
IPL 2021 Mumbai Indians team preview
Mumbai Indians brought in the experienced Piyush Chawla in the mini-auction ahead of the 2021 edition. The wrist-spinner has been a prolific yet underrated player in the tournament – he’s the third-highest wicket-taker in the history of the IPL. Overseas seam options like Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jimmy Neesham were also brought in to add to Mumbai’s impressive bowling unit.
While Mumbai made smart buys at the auction, their squad before the event looked incredible on its own. With players like Rohit, Quinton de Kock, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah as their marquee names, MI have one of the most complete squads in the tournament.
While other teams have made significant buys ahead of IPL 2021, Mumbai Indians will still go into the competition as one of the favourites to win it. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where this team won’t make the playoffs at the very least.
MI coaching staff
Head coach – Mahela Jayawardene
Director of Cricket Operations – Zaheer Khan
Batting coach – Robin Singh
Batting mentor – Sachin Tendulkar
Bowling coach – Shane Bond
Fielding coach – James Pamment
Physiotherapist – Nitin Patel
Strength and conditioning coach – Paul Chapman
Mumbai Indians squad
Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Aditya Tare, Krunal Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Saurabh Tiwary, Mohsin Khan, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Jimmy Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar
Mumbai Indians IPL 2021 Fixtures
09/04 – Chennai – Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 7.30pm
13/04 – Chennai – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians, 7.30pm
17/04 – Chennai – Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 7.30pm
20/04 – Chennai – Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians, 7.30pm
23/04 – Chennai – Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians, 7.30pm
29/04 – Delhi / Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals, 3.30pm
01/05 – Delhi – Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings, 7.30pm
04/05 – Delhi – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians, 7.30pm
08/05 – Delhi – Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians, 7.30pm
10/05 – Bangalore – Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 7.30pm
13/05 – Bangalore – Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings, 3.30pm
16/05 – Bangalore – Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians, 7.30pm
20/05 – Kolkata – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, 7.30pm
23/05 – Kolkata – Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals, 3.30pm
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