Mumbai Indians (MI) lifted their fifth IPL title last year as they defeated Delhi Capitals in the final. Rohit Sharma’s men lifted their second successive title, as they showed their dominance throughout the season. Mumbai finished on top of the points table, finishing with nine wins and defeated the Capitals in the Qualifier 1 and the Final.
The defending champions retained their core team for the 2021 season and released four overseas bowlers ahead of the auction. However, they bought back Nathan Coulter Nile in the auction, alongside the likes of Marco Jansen and Adam Milne. Arjun Tendulkar who has been involved as a net bowler for Mumbai Indians in the past, was also added to the squad.
Mumbai Indians Squad: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar.
Probable Mumbai Indians (MI) Playing XI for IPL 2021:
Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock had a spectacular season last year. The Protea wicket-keeper was the sixth highest rin getter in the tournament last year, amassing 503 runs in his 16 innings. de Kock found his form towards the second half of the season and never looked back from thereon.
Rohit Sharma will open the batting alongside de Kock for Mumbai Indians. Sharma was inconsistent last year and missed a few games due to injury. However, it was the captain’s knock of 68 runs in the final that guided Mumbai Indians to the title, chasing down a total of 157 runs.
Suryakumar Yadav had another impressive season with Mumbai Indians last year. He scored 480 runs in 15 innings at an average of 40. Just like de Kock, he found his form towards the second half of the season. Yadav has also earned his maiden call to the Indian T20I squad.
The pocket dynamo, Ishan Kishan played an instrumental role in guiding Mumbai to the title. He was promoted to the top of the order after Rohit Sharma was injured. Kishan grabbed the opportunity with both hands and ended up being MI’s top run getter, with 516 runs in 13 innings.
Kieron Pollard is a certain starter in the Mumbai team. The West Indian all-rounder combined with Hardik Pandya to give the champions some huge finishes. Pollard was tremendous on the field, saving plenty of runs for his side as always.
Hardik Pandya operated in the last IPL as a pure batsman and did a fairly good job. When called upon, Pandya rose to the occasion and made the most of the opportunity. He scored 281 runs last season, at a jaw-dropping average of 178.
Krunal Pandya had an average season last year as he failed to make much of an impact with both the bat and ball. However, the all rounder continues to remain a vital part of the squad and will be certainly a part of the playing eleven.
Nathan Coulter Nile
Nathan Coulter Nile was released by Mumbai Indians, but was again picked by the champions in the auction. The Australian pacer picked five wickets in his seven outings last year, and will hope to do better this time around, given that the management have kept faith on him.
Trent Boult was the player of the match in the finals and was one of the most influential players in the Mumbai squad. The Kiwi pacer picked up 25 wickets in his 15 outings, at an average of just 18. He provided Mumbai Indians with crucial early wickets.
Jasprit Bumrah was the top wicket-taker for Mumbai Indians last year with 27 wickets to his name. The Indian pacer fell just three wickets short of claiming the purple cap, which went to Kagiso Rabada who had 30 scalps to his name. Bumrah and Boult formed a lethal bowling duo and are expected to continue doing so in the 2021 season.
Although, Chahar was dropped for the finals against Delhi Capitals, he had quite an impactful season for Mumbai Indians. The leg spinner starred in 15 matches, picking up as many wickets. He is expected to MI’s leading spinner this year as well.