Mumbai Indians have been one of the best teams in the history of the Indian Premier League. Following a mellow few seasons to begin with, they have become a juggernaut under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma since 2013. Mumbai are the only other team to win an IPL back to back other than Chennai Super Kings and in 2021, they will look to become the first team ever to make a hat-trick of titles.
However, this year, Mumbai’s run hasn’t been that great. Currently fourth in the table when the IPL came to an abrupt end in early May, Mumbai have blown hot and cold but still managed to stay in the top four for most of the time.
Mumbai have had different issues this year with their team and with Hardik Pandya not bowling, it has amplified the problems to some extent.
Before the IPL was suspended, Mumbai played 7 matches, winning four and losing three and have a net run-rate of +0.062
Mumbai Indians Squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Neesham, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Quinton De Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Yudhvir Singh
Here is a SWOT analysis of the MI team based on their performances in this year’s IPL so far.
BOWLING: The Mumbai bowlers have stepped up wonderfully this season as always. Despite Jasprit Bumrah not being at the top of his game, the likes of Rahul Chahar (11 wickets) and Trent Boult (8 wickets) have managed to win games for MI.
1. HARDIK PANDYA’S INABILITY TO BOWL: Hardik Pandya not being able to bowl has turned out to be a major cause of concern for Mumbai, who have always depended on his all-round ability to make a mark and provide a balance to the team.
With him managing his injury, Mumbai have found themselves a bowler short on many occasions and have failed to find a different solution when one of their bowlers have gone for runs.
2. LACK OF RUNS FROM TOP ORDER: Mumbai’s top-order has failed to score runs and support the bowlers. While the bowlers have rescued them on more than one occasion this year, Mumbai’s batting has failed to score big runs and support them. Till now only Rohit Sharma has scored more than 200 runs from 7 games for MI.
SURYAKUMAR YADAV AND RAHUL CHAHAR: While Surya has blown hot and cold and has only managed 173 runs from 7 games so far, Chahar has picked up 11 wickets from 7 games. The duo can come back strong when the IPL returns and make a case for themselves to make India’s World T20 squad, which is set to be played later this year.
This Mumbai side often looks unfazed by any challenge and comes clutch when the time comes but the weight of expectations can come back to haunt them if the senior players don’t stand up and perform when the IPL returns. Consistency will remain the key for the defending champions.
The tournament is likely to return on September 19 and will be played on till October 15 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) like IPL 2020. A total of 31 matches will be played in 27 days.