Mumbai Indians are the most successful franchise in the history of the Indian Premier League. Rohit Sharma has transformed this side into potential title contenders. Mumbai Indians won five titles under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy.
They defended the title for the first time by beating Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020 final at the UAE. Interestingly, no team has won three titles in a row. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians will be looking forward to defending the title once again.
If they accomplish the feat, they will become the first team to win a hat-trick of titles. The defending champions will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament opener on April 9.
The match will kick-off at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Meanwhile, former Australia chinaman spinner Brad Hogg has picked his Mumbai Indians’ starting XI for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.
1. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma is one of the best openers in the world right now. It was no surprise that Brad Hogg chose him as the opening batsman. Rohit starts the game slowly and switches gears to the next level once he gets into the groove.
The 33-year-old is also the most successful captain in the IPL. MI captain Rohit Sharma won 5 titles as captain and 6 titles as a player. Rohit Sharma won the title in the 2009 season with Deccan Chargers (now defunct IPL franchise) as a player.
2. Quinton de Kock
Brad Hogg picked South Africa skipper Quinton de Kock to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma. The former Australian spinner reckons that the left and right hand combination will pay rich dividends for Mumbai Indians.
Quinton de Kock has been rated as one of the most attacking wicketkeeper-batsman in world cricket. The southpaw scored 503 runs in 16 matches in the 2020 season of the IPL at an average of 35.92. The 28-year-old smashed 4 fifties to his name.
3. Suryakumar Yadav
Mumbai Indians’ star batsman Suryakumar Yadav has perfected the art of hitting sixes and fours in all parts of the park. His style of play is often compared to AB de Villiers because of his wide range of shots.
Suryakumar Yadav’s impressive performance with the bat earned him a call-up to Indian cricket team. The right-handed batsman scored 480 runs in 16 games at an average of 40 and a strike-rate of 145.01. Overall, he smashed 4 fifties to his name.
4. Ishan Kishan
Brad Hogg picked Ishan Kishan as No.4 batsman in the starting XI. Alike Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan had an impressive spell in the IPL last season and made it to the Indian national cricket team.
The left-handed batsman scored 516 runs from 14 games at a staggering average of 57.33. The southpaw scored 4 half-centuries at the United Arab Emirates. The bright prospect registered his personal best score of 99.
5. Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard has been of the vital cogs of Mumbai Indians’ set-up for more than a decade. The Caribbean all-rounder can whip the ball with brute force. Besides that, he can bowl tricky slower balls to deceive the batsmen. Pollard has time and again proved that he is a terrific fielder.
He has taken sensational catches on the field. He scored 268 runs in 16 games at a scintillating average of 53.60 and a strike rate of 191.42. Pollard took 4 wickets as well. Overall, he scored 3,023 runs in 164 games and accounted for 60 dismissals.
6. Hardik Pandya
Just like Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya has been one of the important pillars of Mumbai Indians’ core. Hardik Pandya is known for his explosive batting. Time and again, he has helped the team add runs in the fag end of the overs.
Hardik Pandya played 14 games in the last season wherein he scored 261 runs to his credit. He smashed 1 fifty to his name but did not bowl a single over. Nonetheless, he maintained an exceptional strike rate of 178.98. His best score in the last season was 60*.
7. Krunal Pandya
The former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg picked Krunal Pandya at No.7 position. The batting all-rounder had recently made his ODI debut for Team India. Krunal has quite often helped Mumbai Indians with the bat and ball.
The southpaw played 16 games in the last season at the United Arab Emirates. He managed to score just 109 runs. However, he was quite decent with the ball as he accounted for 6 dismissals to his credit.
8. Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla is one of the experienced spinners in the Indian Premier League. He has been a part of Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings so far. Mumbai Indians roped in the right-arm leg spinner for INR 2.4 crore at the IPL 2021 auction.
The experienced campaigner expressed his delight after being bought by the defending champions. The 32-year-old spinner has played 164 games where he 156 wickets at an economy of 7.87. He registered his best bowling figures of 4/17.
9. Nathan Coulter-Nile
Former Australian international Brad Hogg picked Nathan Coulter-Nile at No.9 position. Mumbai Indians splashed the cash of INR 8 crore to recruit the services of the fast bowler in the IPL 2020 auction. He has been a part of the cash-rich league since 2013.
Having signed up for Mumbai Indians last season, he played 7 games where he took 5 wickets to his name. Besides his wicket-taking abilities, he can also hit big and score runs down the batting order. Nathan can generate bounce off a good length.
Trent Boult is the most sought-after bowlers in T20 cricket. The left-arm pacer has by far lived up to his potential by taking crucial wickets. Boult was traded to Mumbai Indians from Delhi Capitals ahead of the IPL 2020 auction.
With a wealth of experience to his resume, Boult had a sensational season last time. The fast bowler took 25 wickets from 15 matches at an impressive bowling average of 18.28 and an economy of 7.97. He registered his best bowling figures of 4/18.
11. Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah is arguably one of the best bowlers in the world. The Indian pacer made his IPL debut with Mumbai Indians in 2013 and since then, he went on to become one of the best in the business. His reputation has grown rapidly and is a cog in MI’s machinery.
The fast bowler was the second-highest wicket-taker in the last season. He played 15 games where he took 27 wickets at a superb bowling average of 14.96. Bumrah has maintained an economy of 6.73. Overall, he took 109 wickets in 92 games at an average of 23.71.