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IPL 2019: Squad analysis of Mumbai

File photo of Mumbai Indians team. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 20, 2019, 02.50 PM (IST)

After Chennai, if there's one team that has made a difference in the Indian Premier League is Mumbai. Led by Rohit Sharma, Mumbai is the only team that first hit the rock bottom, and then have climbed the ladder and finally ended up winning the trophy.

With three IPL titles in their kitty, Mumbai are the most successful team in IPL history, alongside MS Dhoni's side. The 'Blue Jersey' were champions in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Going by history, all MI fans will fancy their chances of lifting the trophy this year.

With the tournament scheduled to commence from March 23, let’s take a look at the squad analysis of the team. 

Strengths:

Like every year, this tournament will also see Mumbai relying on all-rounders who can turn the game their way.  Brothers Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Ben Cutting are the few names who can be useful with both bat and ball.

Another great buy that Mumbai made this year is Yuvraj Singh. though he has been out of form from a very long time but the experience he will bring to the dressing room will be invaluable.

Weaknesses: 

The team needs a regular performer at their No 3 position.  The 2018 season saw an erratic performance from Ishan Kishan. If Mumbai want to be at the top of the table, they would want Kishan or to deliver his best right from the start of the tournament.

Speculations were their that Rohit might step in for the slot but he lately announced his decision of opening for the franchise this year. 

Opportunities: 

Suryakumar Yadav is the card which the side needs to play very carefully. He is one of those talents who can be used as per the need of the hour as he has proved that he is adaptable to any batting position. 

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When the in-form Quinton De Kock joins skipper Rohit Sharma, the opening slot will be taken care of. If they want to up the net run rate, they can use Yadav in the No. 3 position and bring Ishan Kishan at no. 4.  

If the openers end up being dismissed early, both Yadav and Kishan are capable enough to anchor the middle-order of the team. 

Threats: 

The only threat looms over Mumbai is that pace bowling unit will be led by the death-overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah, along with Mitchell McClenaghan. But there are high chances that Bumrah might be asked to rest for the latter part of the series, keeping in mind the ICC World Cup Mumbai will sweat a lot to fill his shoes.

Teams:

Retained: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff

Traded: Quinton de Kock from Bangalore.

Purchased: Lasith Malinga (Rs 2 crore), Anmolpreet Singh (Rs 80 lakh), Barinder Sran (Rs 3.40 crore), Pankaj Jaiswal (Rs 20 lakh), Rasikh Salam (Rs 20 lakh), Yuvraj Singh (Rs 1 crore)

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With three IPL titles in their kitty, Mumbai are the most successful team in IPL history, alongside MS Dhoni's Chennai.