When it comes to fans support across the world, none of the IPL teams can overtake Mumbai Indians. The main reason for this is the presence of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Along with CSK, Mumbai Indians are the most stable IPL team for the past 2-3 seasons. In the IPL Auctions 2013, Mumbai Indians brought Ricky Ponting and now the entire cricketing fraternity is waiting for Sachin-Punter combo to open the innings for Mumbai Indians. With the likes of Pollard, Maxwell, Malinga in their ranks can the Mumbai Indians repeat what they did in Champions League T20 two years ago? Cricmatez.com brings you a complete preview of what can be expected from the Mumbai Indians in the sixth Edition of IPL.
Mumbai Indians Squad for IPL 2013
Indian players representing Mumbai Indians:
- Sachin Tendulkar
- Ambati Rayudu
- Rohit Sharma
- Dinesh Karthick
- Harbhajan Singh
- Pragyan Ojha
- Aditya Tare
- Abu Nechim Ahmed
- Munaf Patel
- Dhawal Kulkarni
- Amitoze Singh
- Jalaj Saxena
- Pawan Suyal
- Yuzhvendra Chalal
- Suryakumar Yadav
- Sushant Marathe
- Rishi Dhawan
- Akshar Patel
Overseas Players representing Mumbai Indians:
- Ricky Ponting
- Lasith Malinga
- Glenn Maxwell
- Dwayne Smith
- Keiron Pollard
- Phil Hughes
- James Franklin
- Nathan Counter-Nile
- Mitchell Johnson
- Aiden Blizzard
- Jacob Oram
- Ricky Ponting as captain.
- Can field a playing XI with eleven International Players which most of the other things could not.
- Right mix of youth and experience.
- Opening batsmen have a combined total of 30,000 ODI runs.
- Solid Middle Order with likes of Rohit Sharma, Karthick, Pollard, Maxwell.
- Can chase up huge totals at will.
- Can increse the scoring rate whenever needed.
- Perfect Balance in their squad.
- Strong Bench strength.
- Have some world’s best fielders like Rohit, Pollard, Ponting.
- Quality Indian spinners in their ranks.
- Presence of two of the most feared T20 players in the world – Malinga and Pollard.
- Players are fit and raring to go.
- Home conditions are not well adapted.
- Form of Harbhajan Singh is a worry.
- Million Dollar baby Maxwell failing miserably in Indian conditions.
- Inconsistent support to Lasith Malinga.
- Choking at crucial stages of the tournament.
The fortunes for Mumbai Indians depends on how Rohit Sharma plays. He has been consistent only in IPL. He provides stability in the batting orders and anchors a big run chase. Not to forget his fielding Skills. Now its time for Rohit Sharma to prove his talent.
Watch out for
Mumbai Indians’ spin twins Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan Singh play a key role in containg the run flow in the middle overs. Ojha was in great form for India in the just concluded season and the Mumbai Indians management would like him to replicate his success in IPL as well. A good IPL season for Harbhajan will see him donning the Indian colours soon.
Big Hitting West Indian Keiron Pollard brings lot of value to the team. He can explode with the bat anytime. Spending 2-3 overs at the crease will have a significant impact on the run rate. Adding to his Swashbuckling batting abilities, Pollard is also a handy bowler and a live wire on field.
Ambati Rayudu has been a consistent performer for Mumbai Indians for the past 3 seasons. He can hold one end while batting and scores his runs quickly. He can also be a back up for Dinesh Karthick. After a consistent show in Domestic season 2012-13, a good show in IPL will make him earn his India can in the near future.
Mumbai Indians Possible Playing XI:
Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthick, Keiron Pollard, James Franklin/Glenn Maxwell, Harbhajan Singh , Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel/Dhawal Kulkarni
Mumbai Indians schedule for IPL 2013:
|4-4-2013||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians|
|6-4-2013||Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians|
|9-4-2013||Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils|
|13-4-2013||Mumbai Indians vs Pune Warriors India|
|17-4-2013||Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians|
|21-4-2013||Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians|
|24-4-2013||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians|
|27-4-2013||Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|29-4-2013||Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab|
|1-5-2013||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians|
|5-5-2013||Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings|
|7-5–2013||Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders|
|11-5-2013||Pune Warriors India vs Mumbai Indians|
|13-5-2013||Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad|
|15-5-2013||Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals|
|18-5-2013||Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians|
*Home team is mentioned first
Can the Mumbai Indians inspire themselves to their first IPL triumph?