When you think about Mumbai Indians (MI), their four IPL titles would be the first thing to come to your mind. Since the start of 2013, they have won the IPL every alternate year and have now gone on to become the most successful team. The change in captaincy midway through the 2013 season worked wonders. Rohit Sharma took over and Mumbai Indians’ fortunes swayed big time.
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If there is any team other than Chennai Super Kings (CSK) who have defined consistency, then it has to be MI. They didn’t have the best of times in the first two seasons (2008 and 2009). However, they’ve picked up pace since 2010 and only twice (2016 and 2018) since then have they not qualified for the playoffs.
MI’s biggest strength seems to be their core set of players who they have constantly backed. After the 2019 season, the four-time champions retained as many as 18 players and most of them would walk into the playing XI. Yet, they went ahead and bought six players, strengthening an already strong squad.
As far as the Orange Cap is concerned, only once in the history of the IPL has a Mumbai Indians player won the Orange Cap (Sachin Tendulkar in 2010). Hence, the MI players might just want to change that stat. Thus, here are three players from the defending champions who could go on and win the Orange Cap this season.
For the quality that Rohit Sharma possesses and the way he’s been batting over the last few years, it’s slightly surprising that he hasn’t dominated an IPL season. Let alone winning the Orange Cap, you very rarely see Rohit anywhere close to topping the run charts.
It’s not that the MI skipper isn’t consistent. He is the third-highest run-getter in the history of the IPL – 4898 runs. In fact, in seven out of the 12 seasons so far, Rohit has amassed more than 400 runs in a single season. And he has not been able to breach the 300-run mark only once (2018) in his IPL career.
One of the reasons may well be the Mumbaikar’s constant shuffle in the batting order. He hasn’t opened in all seasons and has moved around the batting order. Maybe a fixed batting position at the top like last season might help. And this could well be the IPL of Rohit Sharma.
Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock has been playing the IPL since 2013 and including MI, he has played for four teams so far. He started with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in 2013 before moving to the Delhi Capitals for three seasons. And in 2018 he was pouched by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the auction before he was traded to MI in 2019.
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Despite playing just one season at MI, it already seems that this is where de Kock belongs. De Kock was slow off the blocks to kickstart his IPL career. It wasn’t until 2016 that he started getting runs on a regular basis. At RCB, he was on and off and after a few failures, he faced the axe.
However, it was different last year when he played for MI. He played all 16 games and the South African wicket-keeper batsman scored 529 runs and was the leading run-getter for the 2019 IPL champions.
He contributed consistently and became a big part of MI’s success. It is going to be no different this time around. The left-handed opener will continue to be a vital cog of the MI line-up.
This might be a surprising pick. However, the switch to MI has worked wonders for Suryakumar Yadav. He made his debut with MI in 2012 but played just one game.
He was with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for four years (2014-2017). But he never batted higher up the order and was used as a finisher. He never scored more than 200 runs in a season for KKR.
In 2018, Yadav was bought by MI and started batting at the top of the order which turned his career upside down. In the last two years, the Mumbaikar has aggregated 936 runs at an average of 32.28. He has been one of the reasons for MI’s success.
In fact, Yadav’s numbers are very good when he bats in the top three. All his seven fifty-plus scores have come batting at the top and he averages 36.38 batting in the top three. He also plays spin well and can well be the dark horse in this MI side.