Mumbai Indians represent the city of Mumbai in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The franchise is owned by Reliance Industries through its 100% subsidiary IndiaWin Sports. The Mumbai-based unit play their home games at the Wankhede Stadium.
The Mumbai-based franchise are the most successful team in the history of the league. They are the only team to have won the league thrice. They won their maiden IPL title in 2013 by beating Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs in the final. Mumbai Indians won their second IPL title in 2015. They lifted their second title by beating Chennai Super Kings again.
In 2017, they won the title for the record third time. They defeated Rising Pune Supergiant by 1 run in the final to become the most successful team in the league.
In addition to three IPL titles, they also won the now-defunct Champions League T20 twice. They won the trophy for the first time in 2011 by beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 31 run. The lifted it for the second time in 2013 with a 33-run win over Rajasthan Royals. They are currently led by Rohit Sharma.
Mumbai Indians did not have the best of starts n the league. Despite having Sachin Tendulkar as their icon player and big names such as Sanath Jayasuriya, Harbhajan Singh, Shaun Pollock, Lasith Malinga and Robin Uthappa, the franchise failed to deliver on the expected lines in the maiden season.
They named Sachin Tendulkar as the captain of the team and appointed former India cricketer Lalchand Rajput as the head coach. However, Tendulkar was injured before the start of the 2008 season due to which Harbhajan Singh took over as the captain in the initial stage of the season.
Mumbai Indians started their IPL journey with four straight defeats. However, they went on to improve in the later stage of the tournament, winning six consecutive games at one stage. As a result, they finished fifth in the points table with 7 wins and 7 losses, missing out on a semifinal spot by just one point.
In the 2009 edition, which was played in South Africa due to the Indian general elections, they finished at second from bottom. They could manage only five wins in the season and ended up finishing seventh.
Mumbai Indians’ fortunes changed for the better from the third season in 2010. The Mumbai-based outfit won seven of their first eight games to take the top spot in the points table. They went on to win three of the remaining six league games and finished with 20 points from 14 games at the top of the points table and qualified for their first semifinal.
In the last four clash, they beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs. However, their winning run came to an end in the final against Chennai Super Kings. The Sachin Tendulkar-led side lost the game by 22 runs.
They had qualified for the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 where they were eliminated in the group stage with two wins and two defeats in four matches.
In 2011, two new franchises – Kochi Tuskers Kerela and Pune Warriors – were added to the league. The IPL governing council announced that each franchise could retain a maximum of four players of their 2010 squad and the rest of the would be auctioned. Mumbai Indians retained Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga. In the auction they bought Rohit Sharma among several other big names.
The signings paid off as Mumbai finished third on the points table with 18 points from 14 games and qualified for the Eliminator. In the Eliminator, they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets. However, they failed to qualify for the final after losing the second qualifier against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 43 runs.
They also qualified for the 2011 Champions League Twenty20. Under Harbhajan Singh’s captaincy, they had gone on to lift the title. They had defeated fellow IPL opponents Royal Challengers Bangalore in the title-decider.
In 2012, Sachin Tendulkar stepped down from captaincy hours before the season’s first game. As a result, Mumbai appointed Harbhajan as the captain. They finished third on the points table with 20 points from 16 matches. In the Eliminator, they lost to Chennai Super Kings by 38 runs.
They also qualified directly for the 2012 Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa. They ended the tournament winless with three defeats and one no result.
Transformation to a traditional powerhouse:
From 2013 onward, Mumbai Indians became a force to reckon with in the league. The success story began with Rohit Sharma being named the skipper who has since then led the to a record three IPL titles.
With the likes of Anil Kumble, Jonty Rhodes and Sachin Tendulkar in the dugout, the team went on to win their maiden IPL title in 2013. They also went on to win the Champions League T20.
In 2014, they reached the eliminator stage where they lost to Chennai Super Kings. They also qualified for the Champions League T20 but could not progress ahead of the group stage after losing two of the three games.
In 2015, they became the third team after Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders to win the title twice. They defeated Chennai Super Kings in the final by 41 runs. In the following season, they finished fifth in the table.
However, they bounced back in style in 2017. They finished the group stage at the top of the points table, winning 10 out of 14 matches. They went on to win the trophy after beating Rising Pune Supergiant by just one run. The win made them the first and only team so far to win the title thrice.
In the first two seasons, they played their home games at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. In the third season, they played all seven home games at the Brabourne Stadium while the Wankhede Stadium underwent renovation for hosting a few matches of group stage as well as the final of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. Since then,they have been playing their home games at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Team name, motto and logo design:
The motto of the team is “Duniya Hila Denge Hum…”, which roughly translates to we will rock the world.
The team logo is the Sudarshan Chakra (or Razor) as initially the name of the team was supposed to be “Mumbai Razors” before Sachin Tendulkar suggested to keep it Mumbai Indians.
The team’s primary colour is blue with silver stripes on either sides of the jersey. In the first two seasons, the jersey was very much the same. In 2010, a new kit with golden stripes was unveiled. In 2011, the jersey remained the same except the change in the sponsor’s logo.
|Year||Indian Premier League||Champions League T20|
|2008||League stage||Cancelled (DNQ)|
|Year||Indian Premier League|
- (DNQ = Did Not Qualify , TBD = To Be Decided