The Mumbai Indians is the most coveted IPL team to date, having won four IPL titles. The IPL has been around for 12 years now and the Mumbai Indians have won four titles, that means 33% of the IPL tournaments have been won by the Mumbai Indians. The most recent of victories for the Mumbai Indians coming the last IPL season, were they won a thrilling competition against long-time rivals CSK by 1 run. The high status of the Mumbai Indians franchise in the IPL could not have been predicted if we were to take a look at their initial seasons. The initials seasons of the IPL in 2008 and 2009 saw Mumbai Indians (MI) not even get past the group stages of the tournament. Even with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Shaun Pollock and Lasith Malinga, their star-studded team failed to perform consistently, resulting in early exits from the IPL. However, after a strong recruitment in the auction, Mumbai Indians finally found themselves successfully reaching the play-offs but still falling short.
Mumbai Indians team
The Mumbai Indians team is a Mumbai based franchised (as if you didn’t know that already) and are commonly abbreviated to MI. The Mumbai Indians originally had their home ground based in Nerul at the DY Patil Stadium for the first two seasons of the IPL. The Mumbai Indians were due to move to the Wankhede Stadium, but it was under renovation and being prepared to host the 2011 ICC World Cup at the time. This meant the Mumbai Indians team played their matches at the Brabourne Stadium in Churchgate, Mumbai. The Mumbai Indians team now are based in the Wankhede Stadium and have enjoyed many successes over the years.
Mumbai Indians roster
The Mumbai Indians roster for the upcoming IPL 2020 season, shouldn’t have too much movement as MI seem to know what the formula is to put together a winning team. The Mumbai Indians have been one of the first team teams to kick start the change in player roster for IPL 2020. The Mumbai Indians have now completed the transfer of the leg-spinner Mayank Markande to the Delhi Capitals, with them receiving the big west Indian all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford in return. Markande played a big part for the Mumbai Indians in 2019 picking up 15 wickets in 14 matches, it would appear there is no harsh feelings and the Mumbai Indians have stated it was a hard decision to make but believe Markande is an Indian cricket talent they expect to see ore of on the international stage. On the flip side it would appear the addition of the Rutherford has left some fans scratching their heads, as he has only just played his first IPL season in 2019, making just 73 runs and taking 1 wicket. With departure of their leg-spinner it would appear there is spot to be filled on the MI roster, with the likes of Shahbaz Nadeem of Sunrisers Hyderabad looking like a promising prospect.
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Mumbai Indians 2019
The Mumbai Indians 2019 participated in one of the most thrilling finals in IPL history. Before we talk about the Mumbai Indians close competition in the final let’s take a look how they got their and which players helped them achieve this. Despite finishing first in the group stages, winning 9 matches and losing 5, the Mumbai Indians got off to a bad start to IPL 2019 losing by 37 runs to the Delhi Capitals in their opening match. To add more room for concern with this defeat, it took place at their home ground and in T20 terms losing by 37 runs is a big defeat. The Mumbai Indians didn’t seem to get their consistency during the group stages, constantly stringing together two wins and losing their next match. However, four wins in their last four matches of the group stages was enough to propel the team’s confidence and points to the top of the table. In their first play-off match the Mumbai Indians played the Chennai Super Kings, the MI VS CSK has to be one the most intense rivalries in IPL history, fortunately for the Mumbai Indians they won comfortable by 6 wickets and reached yet another IPL final. CSK were not done however as they battle past the Delhi Capitals to set up a grand finale against the Mumbai Indians. In what was a thrilling contest that went down to the very last delivery, CSK were unable to chase down the MI score and lost by 1 run!
Mumbai Indians team 2018
The Mumbai Indians team 2018 were given a wakeup call as long-time rivals CSK returned to the IPL stage. Having been recently crowned IPL champions in 2017, the Mumbai Indians would’ve been expecting to repeat their performance, but with the return of long-time rivals CSK, after their suspension, things wouldn’t be easy. The Mumbai Indians started the IPL 2018 season in the worse possible way losing their three opening matches including a match against CSK. Things didn’t improve for the Mumbai Indians, there was a small glimpse of hope when they managed to string together three wins ion the trot. But, it was not enough as they finished 5th in the points table missing out on the playoffs for the second time in three years.
Mumbai Indians team 2017
The Mumbai Indians team 2017 must’ve been filled with confident going into the 2017 season for IPL, with the absence of their main competitor CSK, amid a spot fixing scandal. Having failed to reach the play offs in 2016, the Mumbai Indians were determined to not let that happen for the upcoming season. To boost them, both CSK and RR were banned for two years from the IPL and this would be the final season before their ban was lifted, so the Mumbai Indians really needed to make it count. The Mumbai Indians dominated the group stages winning 10 matches out of a possible 14, placing them in the all-important first position on the points table. The worrying signs for MI in the group stages was the two defeats that were handed to them by new boys, Rising Pune Supergiant. The Mumbai Indians dispatched KKR in their first play-off match and made their way to the IPL final. In the final they would meet the Rising Pune Supergiant’s, a team which was becoming a boogie team for MI. With RPS already defeating MI two times in tournament, they were strong favourites to become champions.
Mumbai Indians owner
The Mumbai Indians owner is Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL). The Reliance Industries, owned by Mukesh Ambani, acquired the Mumbai franchise in 2008 for $111.9 millions, which at the tie made the Mumbai Indians the most expensive franchise in the IPL. To me and you we have always know the franchise to be called the Mumbai Indians, however, the original idea for the team name was the Mumbai Razors. Hence, the razor logo on the team’s emblem. If it wasn’t for the intervention of Sachin Tendulkar who suggest the team be called the Mumbai Indians, the franchised would’ve taken a different route in terms of branding.
Mumbai Indians players
The Mumbai Indians players have frequently included some of the worlds most coveted cricketers. It is often the retention of players which is the difficult part of any IPL team, but Mumbai Indians have done well to retain their core players such as Harbhajan Singh, Robin Uthappa, Lasith Malinga and Kieron Pollard. Most notably Mumbai Indians obtain and have retained Lasith Malinga in their team since 2008, this is of great importance as Malinga has developed into a T20 specialist over the years and has the stats to back it up. Malinga is not only the all-time wicket taker for the Mumbai Indians but he is the all tie wicket taker in IPL history with 170 wickets. The Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma is no slouch either, as he is the third highest runs scorer in IPL history and he has been at the helm for the four-times Mumbai Indians have won the IPL.
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