Mumbai Indians is owned by Reliance Industries, through its 100% subsidiary IndiaWin Sports. India’s biggest business tycoon Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita Ambani are the owners of the franchise. Mumbai Indian’s brand value is a whopping $106 million. Thus, they were the most valuable IPL team for the second year on the trot. In fact, they were the first franchise to cross the barrier of $100 million among the IPL teams.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians is the most successful teams in the IPL history thus far. They have won the IPL title on three occasions. In fact, they were the first team which went on to win the IPL title for the third time.
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India’s flamboyant batsman Rohit Sharma is the captain of the Mumbai Indians whereas former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene is the coach of the franchise.
Rohit Sharma is the leading run-scorer for the Mumbai Indians whereas Lasith Malinga is the top wicket-getter for the team as well as in the IPL.
Mumbai Indians won their maiden IPL title in the 2013 season after beating Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs. Rohit Sharma-led won their second IPL crown in 2015 by once again getting the better off CSK by 41 runs. They became the first team to savour success for the third time by beating Rising Pune Supergiant by one run in nail-biter contest.
Mumbai Indians were sold to the Reliance Industries Ltd for a whopping $111.9 million. Thus, they were the most expensive team which were sold in the league.
Sachin Tendulkar was appointed as the captain of the Mumbai Indians whereas former Indian player Lalchand Rajput was announced to be franchise’s coach. However, as Sachin Tendulkar was injured before the season kickstarted. Therefore, India’s veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh was handed over the captaincy baton for the first few games. Furthermore, Sachin Tendulkar was also named the icon player of the team. The icon player was entitled to earn 15% more than the next highest bid player of a particular team.
The Mumbai Indians had signed some big players like Sanath Jayasuriya, Lasith Malinga, Robin Uthappa, Harbhajan Singh and Shaun Pollock. However, Mumbai Indians got off to a worse possible start as they lost the first four matches of the season. Moreover, their stand-in skipper Harbhajan was suspended for the whole tournament for slapping Kings XI Punjab’s Sreesanth.
After the suspension of Harbhajan Singh, the captaincy bridle was given to South Africa’s Shaun Pollock. However, Sachin Tendulkar resumed the captaincy duties after recuperating from his injury in the final stages of the tournament.
Under Shaun Pollock leadership, Mumbai Indians won six matches on the trot. Thus, they needed to win another two matches of their next four matches. However, they could win a solitary match and end at the fifth position in the points table after seven wins in the 14 group matches. The Mumbai Indians lost their last three matches as failed to secure their final four places. Therefore, Mumbai Indians could not qualify for the playoff stages.
The second season of the IPL was played in South Africa as there were general elections in the country. Therefore, Government of India made it clear that they will not be able to provide security for almost a two-month-long tournament.
For IPL 2009, Mumbai Indians decided to trade Robin Uthappa with Royal Challenger’s Bangalore Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra for Shikhar Dhawan with Delhi Daredevils. Meanwhile, Shaun Pollock who had led the franchise for the most of the first season decided to retire from the game. Subsequently, the Proteas legend took over the coaching role for the franchise. Furthermore, Lasith Malinga who had missed the inaugural season came back to play in the league.
At the player auction, Mumbai Indians decided to buy South Africa’s southpaw batsman JP Duminy to make their batting more solid. Mumbai had a good start to the season as they won their opening match against Chennai Super Kings, However, the Mumbai franchise veered off the track as could only win five matches to finish at the penultimate position in the points table. Thus, they could not make their place in the playoffs stages.
However, JP Duminy who was bought in the IPL auction was able to add value to the team. The left-hander scored 372 runs in the 13 matches with the help of five fifties whereas Mumbai Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar scored 364 runs in the 13 matches. However, the rest of the batsmen could not come up with consistent performances.
Lasith Malinga who was at the top of his prowess had a fine season for the Mumbai Indians. The Sri Lankan talisman scalped 18 wickets in 13 matches to be the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the season.
The Mumbai Indians were the most watched team in the first two seasons of the Indian Premier League. Their matches were caught by 239 million viewers.
At the 2010 season, Mumbai Indians bought Windies talisman all-rounder for a whopping price of $750,000. Mumbai Indians signed up ten Indian players. Meanwhile, India’s former all-rounder Robin Singh was appointed as the head coach of the franchise whereas former head coach Shaun Pollock took over the role of the bowling coach.
In the third season of the league, Mumbai Indians home matches shifted to Brabourne Stadium as there was renovation work going on at Wankhede Stadium due to World Cup of 2011. The Mumbai team had a stellar start to the season as the franchise went on to win the first seven matches out of the eight matches. Thus, after winning another three games out of the remaining six matches, they were able to finish at the pole position in the points table. Consequently, Mumbai won ten matches in the 14 group matches to finish with 20 points.
Mumbai Indians was able to win the semifinal clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs. Men in Blue’s Kieron Pollard had come with a all-round performance. Pollard had smashed 33 runs from 13 balls whereas he scalped three wickets for 17 runs to help Mumbai Indians book their final’s place.
However, Mumbai could not go all the way as they lost the all-important final against Chennai Super Kings by 22 runs. In fact, Mumbai’s think tank adopted peculiar tactics for the final as they sent Abhishek Nayar and Harbhajan Singh to bat at number three and four respectively. The move backfired as both of them could not deliver the goods after getting the promotion in the batting order. Furthermore, Mumbai’s better batsman JP Duminy and Kieron Pollard were sent at number seven and eight positions respectively.
Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar was the top scorer of the tournament with 618 runs to his name. Thus, the Master Blaster won the Orange cap for IPL 2010. The talisman right-hander scored five fifties in the third season of the league. Saurabh Tiwary scored 417 runs for the Mumbai team in the IPL 2010.
On the other hand, India’s veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh scalped 17 wickets in IPL 2010 to be the joint second highest wicket-getter. Furthermore, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard and Zaheer Khan bagged 15 wickets each in the cash-rich tournament.
In 2011 season, the IPL Governing Council decided to add two new teams in the Twenty20 league. Thus, a particular team was permitted to retain four of their previous season players. Mumbai Indians decided to retain Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga and Kieron Pollard for a total sum of $4.5 million. At the IPL auction of 2011 season, Mumbai Indians decided to buy Rohit Sharma for $2 million. They bought Australia’s all-rounder Andrew Symonds for $850,000 whereas Munaf Patel was got for $700,000.
Mumbai Indians had a good start to the season after they won eight matches in the first ten encounters. However, they lost the next three matches which raised doubts to their playoff place. Though, they managed to win the last league which was a last ball thriller. Consequently, they ended at the third place in the points table after nine wins in the group stages.
Mumbai Indians faced off Kolkata Knight Riders in the first eliminator of IPL 2011. They won the crucial encounter by six wickets. Munaf Patel was the star of the show as the fast bowler scalped three wickets and gave 27 runs in his quota of overs. Hence, they were able to secure their place in the second qualifier in which they met Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, Sachin Tendulkar-led side could not make go further as they lost by 43 runs against RCB.
The Mumbai team’s skipper Sachin Tendulkar was once again amongst the runs as the legendary right-hander scored 553 in the 16 matches to end up as the third highest run-getter in the tournament. Ambati Rayudu was also a consistent performer for Mumbai in IPL 2011 as the right-hander scored 395 runs in the season whereas Rohit Sharma scored 372 runs for the Men in Blue.
Mumbai Indians had two bowlers at the top of the most wicket-takers in the season. Lasith Malinga continued his domination in the league as the yorker king scalped 28 wickets in the league to bag the Purple cap. Munaf Patel was also able to come up with a consistent performance as the right-hander took 22 wickets. Harbhajan Singh picked up 15 wickets for the Mumbai Indians.
Before the start of the fifth season of the league, Mumbai Indians traded Dinesh Karthik from Kings XI Punjab and Pragyan Ojha from Deccan Chargers. However, the franchise didn’t reveal the sum of the move. At IPL Auction, the Mumbai franchise bought five players including players like Mitchell Johnson, Thisara Perera and RP Singh.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar decided to step down from the captaincy role before the tournament kickstarted. Therefore, Harbhajan Singh was appointed the captain of the side. Mumbai didn’t have an ideal start as they lost four matches and won as many matches in the first eight. In fact, three losses came at their home ground.
Mumbai Indians didn’t have a stable opening pair as Sachin Tendulkar was injured and had to miss the four matches. Furthermore, Mumbai suffered another blow as their paceman Mithcell Johnson was ruled out due to injury. Subsequently, Windies opening batsman Dwayne Smith was named as his replacement.
Mumbai was successful in turning the tables in the second half of the league. They went on win the next six matches out of the next eight games. Hence, they ended up at the third place after they win 10 matches out of the 16 matches.
However, Mumbai journey in the 2012 season was ended by Chennai Super Kings. Mumbai Indians lost the eliminator by 38 runs. Chennai’s captain MS Dhoni went on to play a quickfire knock of 51 runs from 21 balls.
Rohit Sharma scored 433 runs for Mumbai in 17 matches whereas Lasith Malina bagged 22 wickets in the 14 matches to be the best performers.
Mumbai Indians was able to savour success for the first time in the 2013 season. The Mumbai team management decided to bring Anil Kumble as the chief mentor after he decided to quit his position from Royal Challengers Bangalore. Ricky Ponting was dropped after his poor form and the Australian captain also decided to hang his boots from all forms of the game. Subsequently, Rohit Sharma was put to captaincy helm by the team management.
Mumbai Indians came with the consistent performances as they occupied the second place in the points table. The Mumbai team won 11 matches out of the 16 to their place in the first qualifier. Mumbai locked horns with Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier, who had finished at the top of the table.
Mumbai lost the first qualifier against Chennai Super Kings by 48 runs. However, Rohit Sharma-led came back strong in the second qualifier to make their place in the final. Mumbai defeated Rajasthan Royals by four wickets to set their IPL final.
Mumbai won their maiden IPL title by 23 runs after getting the better of Chennai Super Kings. Kieron Pollard was the star of the show as he took out Mumbai from the jaws of defeat. Indians were reeling at 4-52, however, Pollard scored a brisk knock of 60 runs off just 32 balls to take his team’s total to 148 runs.
On the other hand, Chennai kept losing wickets at regular intervals and could not cross the line despite a 65 run knock from their skipper MS Dhoni.
Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik were instrumental in the success of Mumbai Indians as both right-handers scored 538 and 510 runs respectively. Harbhajan Singh and Mitchell Johnson scalped 24 wickets each whereas Lasith Malina took 20 wickets in IPL 2013 season.
In IPL 2014 season, Mumbai Indians ended at the fourth position in the group stages after seven wins in 14 matches. In fact, they made their place in the final four in an emphatic fashion. Aditya Tare scored a last-ball six against Rajasthan Royals to help them reach the playoff stages.
However, their journey came to an end after they lost in the eliminator against Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets. Lendl Simmons and Rohit Sharma scored 394 and 390 runs in the season for Mumbai. Lasith Malinga was once again amongst the wickets as he took 16 wickets in 10 matches whereas Harbhajan Singh scalped 14 wickets.
Mumbai Indians was once again able to come up with a consistent performance in IPL 2015. They went on to win their second IPL title in 2015 as they won by 41 runs by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final.
Mumbai Indians ended at the second place in the points table after winning eight matches out of the 14. Rohit Sharma-led side won the first qualifier against Chennai Super Kings by 25 runs, who had finished at the top of the points table.
Mumbai Indians was once again able to repeat their success against CSK as they won the final by 41 runs. Mumbai posted a gigantic total of 205 runs after Lendl Simmons and skipper Rohit Sharma was able to hit the ground running. Simmons scored a fine knock of 68 runs from 45 balls whereas Rohit Sharma played a match-winning knock of 50 runs from 26 balls. Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu provided the finishing touches as they scored 36 runs each in quick time.
However, Chennai Super Kings could not put their run-chase on course as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Lendl Simmons and Rohit Sharma were once again prolific scorers for Mumbai Indians as they scored 540 and 482 runs respectively. Kieron Pollard also amassed 419 runs for the Mumbai team.
Lasith Malinga continued to be in the top wicket-takers as he finished at the second place with 24 wickets to his name. Harbhajan Singh and Mitchell McClenaghan also played a key role as both of them bagged 18 wickets each.
In IPL auction, Mumbai bought players like Tim Southee, Jos Buttler and Krunal Pandya who were instrumental in their success.
Mumbai Indians could not make their place into the final four in the 2016 season as they finished at the fifth place in the points table. Mumbai won seven matches out of the 14 as they failed to clear the group stages.
Rohit Sharma was once again a consistent performer with the bat as the right-hander scored 489 runs. Mitchell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah scalped 17 and 15 wickets respectively.
Mumbai Indians won their third IPL title to become the most successful side in the IPL. Rohit Sharma side ended at the pinnacle of the points table after winning 10 matches in the league stages to make their place in the final four.
However, Mumbai Indians lost the first qualifier against Rising Pune Supergiant, who had finished as the second-best team in the points table, by 20 runs. Although, Mumbai made a solid comeback in the second qualifier against Kolkata Knight Riders. Mumbai won by six wickets to secure their final place against Rising Pune Supergiant.
Subsequently, Mumbai Indians won the thrilling final by one run. Indian posted 129 runs on the board after a fighting knock of 47 runs from Krunal Pandya, who was adjudged as Man of the match.
However, Rising Pune Supergiant could not get over the line despite their skipper Steven Smith scoring 51 runs. Ajinkya Rahane scored 44 runs but RPS felt one run short in the run-chase.
Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel played a key part in the success of the team. The southpaw batsman scored 395 runs for the Mumbai Indians. Kieron Pollard amassed 385 runs in the season whereas Rohit Sharma and Nitish Rana scored 333 runs in the 2017 season of IPL.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell McClenaghan were once again instrumental in the success of the team. Bumrah scalped 20 wickets whereas the New Zealand fast bowler picked up 19 wickets in the 10th season of the league.
In 2018 season, Mumbai decided to retain their skipper Rohit Sharma, all-rounder Hardik Pandya and pacer Jasprit Bumrah. They retained Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard through Right to Match whereas Lasith Malinga was handed over the mentor role. Thus, Mumbai Indians was able to get the core of their team in their retentions. Furthermore, they bought players like Ishan Kishan and Evin Lewis in the IPL auctions.
Mumbai Indians could not defend their IPL title in the 11th season of the league. In fact, they could not even qualify for the playoff stages in the IPL 2018. Rohit Sharma-led side won only six matches in the group stages to finish at the fifth position in the points table. In fact, they had a dreadful start to the season as they kept losing at regular intervals and could not recover.
Suryakumar Yadav did a fine job while opening the batting for the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018. The Mumbai right-hander scored 512 runs in the 14 matches. Furthermore, Yadav’s opening partner Evin Lewis scored 382 runs. However, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was not at his best as he only scored 286 runs in the 14 matches. Rohit kept shuffling his batting position which didn’t help the Mumbai Indians. In fact, it is noted that Mumbai Indians has won most of his matches when Rohit Sharma has been a hit.
Hardik Pandya was able to impress with the ball as the Indian all-rounder scalped 18 wickets. Jasprit Bumrah was once again one of the top wicket-getters for Mumbai as he took 17 wickets in the tourney. Furthermore, rookie leg-spinner Mayank Markande made an impressive start to the league as he scalped 15 wickets. In fact, Markande had a dream start, however, he drifted away as the tournament went on.
Here is Mumbai Indians squad for IPL 2019:
Ishan Kishan (wk)
Aditya Tare (wk)
Q de Kock (wk)