One team that is undoubtedly among the best franchises in the Indian Premier League is Mumbai Indians. With 5 IPL titles to their name, their legacy at the tournament is unparalleled. However, a common tradition amongst the Mumbai Indians cohort is to start their campaign on a dodgy note and keep improving their performance. Let’s look at their performance in this edition until now.
Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021 so far
The mammoth franchise managed to get its shaky season to a stable end as the IPL came to an unforeseen halt mid-season. The team had a sluggish start to their 2021 campaign, as they lost their opening match to Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, as the team moved to Delhi to play on batting-friendly tracks, they steadily gained momentum, returning to winning ways and living up to fans’ expectations.
Unfortunately, their successful run was cut short when the IPL delayed the rest of the matches. According to Indian cricket’s latest news, the follow-up to the 2021 version of the IPL is set to take place in September.
Breaking Down the Numbers
Mumbai Indians have currently played 7 matches, out of which they have managed to win 4. This number may not seem significant. However, the team enters the next tournament phase, riding on a massive victory against fellow super club, Chennai Super Kings.
In their last match, Sharma’s XI was able to successfully chase down a mammoth target of 218 runs, with a vital knock coming from the Caribbean player Kieron Pollard, as he scored an unprecedented 87 runs in 34 balls.
Players to Watch Out For
Although the team started on a not-so-good note, it has seen several stellar performances from some key players.
The Indian skipper Rohit Sharma did not disappoint with his batting capabilities and captaincy, steering the Indians comfortably during crucial situations. Other key players like Quinton De Kock and Kieron Pollard also gave a much-needed boost by raising the bar and performing well during challenging situations.
However, two players have certainly been in the spotlight for all the right reasons – young Indian sensation Suryakumar Yadav and the wicked wrist spinner Rahul Chahar.
With 173 runs in 7 matches, Suryakumar Yadav’s batting numbers might not surprise you. But while analysing his performance, it’s important to note his role in the Mumbai Indians team. In a season where Mumbai’s middle order (studded with the Pandya brothers, Ishan Kishan and other players) has been relatively disappointing, Suryakumar Yadav has managed to rack up runs for the franchise. And he has done so even during crucial matches, providing stability and depth to their batting. According to Indian cricket’s latest news, it’s this stellar form of Suryakumar Yadav that earned him his first international cap for Team India in their summer tour.
The second phase of the 2021 IPL season is all set to begin soon. And if Mumbai Indians are gunning for a RECORD-BREAKING 6th IPL title, they need to keep the momentum going.