Mumbai Indians

Brief Story: Strength, Weakness, Players to watch out for, Full squad, Likely playing XI, Likely position, Previous performances.

Mumbai Indians (MI) is the defending champion of IPL 2016. They won IPL 2015 for the second time. MI is one of greatest teams in the IPL, who plays their cricket with a passion. Mumbai Indians is not just a team, it looks like a family during the IPL. MI is one of the great bonding team in IPL. The details team analysis are given below:

Strength

Mumbai Indians has one of best squads for the IPL 2016. The defending champion has retained their most of the important cricketers for this year; especially those who made champion the team in IPL 2015. So the team is bonding very well. MI has a well-balanced side in their batting, bowling, and fielding. Adding this, they have also some good young cricketers who recently performed well in the domestic cricket. The overall team balanced between the senior and junior cricketers is very healthy.

Weakness

From the very first IPL, inconsistency is the biggest weakness for Mumbai Indians. The players should perform consistently for giving success to the team. For the very long time, Lasith Malinga has served as a leading bowler for the team, who is currently injured. MI can suffer in their bowling department with Malinga’s absence. MI needs to quickly step out from this.

Players to watch out for

Unmukt Chand: Unmukt Chand is one of MI players, who need to watch out during this IPL. Chand was taken limelight in the ICC U19 WC 2012, where India U19 won the cup under his outstanding captaincy. He played an unbeaten century (111*) knock during the final of ICC U19 WC 2012. However after that, he was struggling in the domestic cricket. But in the recent domestic cricket, he is starting to use his talent successfully. In the recent domestic T20 cricket, he performed very well and also made a century in that tournament.

Krunal Pandya: Krunal Pandya is one of the surprise packages for MI in IPL 2016, who was bought for INR 2 crores from the base price of INR 10 lakhs. He is the elder brother of Hardik Pandya. Krunal is an all-rounder who is a left-hand batsman and left-arm orthodox spinner. The 25-years old cricketer has not played many domestic cricket matches yet.

Nitish Rana: The 22-years old left-handed batsman Nitish Rana is one of the new promising cricketers who performed very well in the recent domestic cricket matches. In every domestic format, he has put a great impact for his team, though he has not much experience yet.

Nathu Singh: Like Krunal Pandya, Nathu Singh is also another surprise packages for MI in IPL 2016. He was sold for INR 3.20 crores from the base price of INR 10 lakhs. He is a right-arm pacer whose average speed is 140 kmph. Sometimes it touches up to 145 kmph. In his debut first-class match, he picked up 7 wickets in the 2nd innings. His biggest dream is to break former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar’s fast bowling record. He had been also selected for Indian Board President’s XI during the South Africa’s 2-days practice match at India in October 2015. Though it is very early, but the 20-years old pace bowler is looking very promising at this stage.

Full Squad

Rohit Sharma (C), Jos Buttler, Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Tim Southee, Unmukt Chand, Ambati Rayudu, Lasith Malinga, Vinay Kumar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Parthiv Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Corey Anderson, Marchant de Lange, Shreyas Gopal, Akshay Wakhar, Jagadeesha Suchith, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Siddhesh Lad, Nitish Rana, Nathu Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia and Kishore Kamath.

Likely Playing XI

Rohit Sharma (C), Lendl Simmons, Unmukt Chand, Ambati Rayudu, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, R Vinay Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah.

Likely Position:

Mumbai Indians is one of the favourite team in IPL 2016. From the beginning of the tournament, MI should look to retain their crown for this year.

Previous Performances

Season Final Position
2008 5th in points table
2009 7th in points table
2010 Runner-up (1st in points table)
2011 3rd (3rd in points table)
2012 4th (3rd in points table)
2013 Champion (2nd in points table)
2014 4th (4th in points table)
2015 Champion (2nd in points table)