Every year there’s alot to expect from Mumbai Indians. Backed by a legendary staff, to buying quality players, they’ve been a top draw almost every season of IPL. From the twin trophy glory back in 2013, they were completely changed last season and it wasn’t that successful for them. But this year they are slowly finding the positives this season. Let’s see what 2015 brings for them.
Mumbai have roped in Australian legend Ricky Ponting as their head coach and New Zealand pace legend Shane Bond as their bowling coach. Their previous coach John Wright has moved into the scout section and former mentor Anil Kumble promoted to the owner’s desk. Here are a few of their signing :-
Arrivals : Aaron Finch, Mitchell McClenaghan, Pragyan Ojha, Aiden Blizzard, Parthiv Patel, Unmukt Chand, R Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Hardik Pandya, J Suchith, Siddhesh Lad, Akshay Wakhare, Nitish Rana.
Departures : Zaheer Khan (DD), Michael Hussey (CSK), Jalaj Saxena (RCB), CM Gautam (DD), Ben Dunk, Sushant Marathe, Apoorv Wankhede, Krishmar Santokie.
Mumbai had done a pretty neat job in the auction, bagging the likes of Twenty20 ace Aaron Finch, New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan, Indian rising star Unmukt Chand, and so on. They’ve also welcomed back Slow Left Armer Pragyan Ojha and Australian Aiden Blizzard. While letting go the likes of Zaheer Khan, Michael Hussey, etc.
Let’s see how they’ll probably line up :-
Parthiv Patel:The Gujarat born Wicketkeeper, who was signed in the trade window from Royal Challengers Bangalore would bring in a vast experience in the lineup, playing for the likes of Chennai Super Kings, Kochi Tuskers, and Deccan Chargers(later Sunrisers Hyderabad). He has been a veteran in the IPL setup, managing to be a matchwinner. Mumbai had been lacking a quality opener and they’ll be finding a right one in Parthiv Patel.
Aaron Finch : The Victoria opener was one of the marquee buys by Mumbai. He brings along a huge experience of T20 behind him, plying his trade across various cricket leagues worldwide. And he has been worth every penny any club has paid him for. He is known to be a destructive opener, and a recent World Cup triumph in his kitty, he’d be a huge boost to a side. However, if he fails up to the expectations, Mumbai would be looking back to their West Indies opener Lendl Simmons as the alternative option to fill in.
Unmukt Chand/Aditya Tare : The former Indian Under-19 captain, who is known for his destructive approach to the game, would be looking to fill in the uncapped quota and make a mark of himself in the side. With guidence by the legendary Ricky Ponting, he’ll be looking for his IPL upsets behind and make a new beginning in his IPL career. Coming off an impressive Domestic season for Delhi, he’d be looking to continue in IPL. If he fails, Mumbai might take Aditya Tare and keep Unmukt on the sidelines. Only time will tell how they adapt to it.
Rohit Sharma (Captain) : One of the best batsmen when it comes to this format, there’s no dislodging Rohit Sharma. He’s been a core figure of the side since years and would like to be continuing that role. Adding to his calmness in pressure situations, he’s most known for his approach to the game. Hopefully he’d be looking to repeat the 2013 success and go for a new beginning
Kieron Pollard : The Trinidadian Tornado, has been a part of the side since 2010, being the matchwinner for Mumbai in every occasion. He has been exceptional for Mumbai in all departments and would like to continue on that.
Ambati Rayudu : He has given his all whenever he has played for Mumbai. He is one of the long serving members of the team, Ambati has been a prime matchwinner for MI, from that six at Eden Gardens in 2011, to his 81* against RCB in 2012, he has been a penultimate choice in the batting lineup. Given that he can keep too, Mumbai wouldn’t risk benching him.
Corey Anderson : The Kiwi cruncher, mostly beloved by the Mumbai faithfuls for his 44-ball 95 runs which led his side to an impossible looking Playoff qualification, would be looking to cement his place in the side coming off an impressive World Cup. But however, if he leaves due to International commitments with New Zealand, Mumbai would look to replace him with Aussie pacer and World Cup winner Josh Hazlewood.
Harbhajan Singh : The most longest serving member in the team, Harbhajan has been a seasoned veteran of the game throughout. He has been an integral part of the team and has played key roles whenever Mumbai has won, either matches or trophies. There is no way keeping him out of the team.
R Vinay Kumar : Signed from Kolkata Knight Riders in the Trade Window, he comes off an impressive domestic season where he led his state Karnataka to two successive Ranji Trophies and Irani Cup triumphs. He is one of the veterans of the format and brings in much needed experience in the bowling department. Mumbai would be looking for an alternative in Jasprit Bumah provided if Vinay fails to replicate his domestic form.
L Malinga : The highest wicket taker in IPL history, ‘SLINGA MALINGA’ the penultimate choice for the Mumbai Indians in the bowling department. He has saved Mumbai whenever needed in would be key heading into this season.
Pragyan Ojha : Has a bagloads of IPL experience, he has been a part of MI since 2012 and would be looking to keep his side. They’d be looking for Shreyas Gopal if he fails.
Mumbai begin their IPL campaign on the opening day when they face defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders on April 8th.