Mumbai Indians are the most successful franchise in Indian Premier League history, picking up their fourth title in the 2019 competition when they beat Chennai Super Kings in the final. One of the original teams when the IPL started in 2008, Mumbai are owned by India’s biggest conglomerate, Reliance Industries, and play their home matches at the Wankhede Stadium and as well as being the most successful side, are one of the highest-valued sides.
They were triumphant in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, were runners-up in 2010 and were third in 2011. Only CSK – with three wins and five second-place finishes – have had more appearances in the final than Mumbai Indians, who are currently led by India opener Rohit Sharma.
After a couple of tough seasons at the start of the competition, they have become a formidable outfit and up until the start of the 2020 season, had played 188 matches, winning 109 and losing 79 to boast a win percentage of 57.98%.
They have a history of high profile coaches (as well as players) with Sachin Tendulkar currently involved with his former side as a batting mentor, Mahela Jayawardene head coach and others such as Shaun Pollock, Ricky Ponting, Zaheer Khan and Shane Bond also holding high profile roles at some point.
It is estimated that the Mumbai Indians were worth around $115 million in 2019, making them the highest-valued side in the IPL for the fourth year in a row.
Mumbai Indians have some of the highest profile local players and some long-serving overseas starts, and here is a look at their most vital players.
Only two players had made more appearances in the IPL than Sharma by the end of 2019, and only Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli have scored more runs. This year should see him pass the 5,000 run mark in the tournament and as skipper of Mumbai Indians, will have a crucial role to play in leading from the front.
A classical but devastating opening batsman, Sharma is widely considered as one of the best white-ball openers of all time and has an incredible three double-centuries in ODI cricket. He has been captain of Mumbai since 2013 – leading them in each of their successes – and will again be relied upon to score big runs at the top of the order.
There is no doubt that Pandya’s star is on the rise. A talented and genuine all-rounder, Pandya has the ability to turn matches in the blink of an eye whether it’s with his hard hitting down the order or lively pace with the ball.
A price tag of $1.5 million in the most recent auction puts pressure on his shoulders to deliver, but the added attention is only likely to bring out the best in a player who has become one of the most recognisable and popular faces in Indian cricket.
He is yet to deliver on a consistent basis for India or Mumbai Indians, but a highest score of 91 last year and career-best bowling figures of 3-20 show that this is a player who is maturing quickly and is ready to deliver.
He might have a quirky bowling action, but Bumrah has already developed the reputation as one of the world’s best quick bowlers. While he can be a handful with the new ball and generate swing despite his unorthodox action, it is at the death when he really comes into his own, delivering toe-crunching yorkers on demand.
His career economy in the IPL is exception at just 7.55, but that drops to an incredible 6.63 and 6.88 in the last two years respectively. He has struggled with injury lately after breaking into the India Test team, but once he is back to full fitness he will be a massive asset to the Mumbai Indians side and one of the best bowlers on show in the league.
Other players to look out for
Kieron Pollard – The West Indies all-rounder has been a regular at Mumbai over the years and is one of the most destructive batsmen in the game. Has shown signs of returning to his best lately and will pose a huge threat down the order.
Quinton de Kock – Broke the 500-run barrier for the first time last year and ended as the third-highest run-scorer in the league. Add that to his keeping, and he will provide genuine all-round balance to the side.
Rahul Chahar – Just 21 years old, but Chahar impressed last season in his first full campaign and clearly earned the trust of Sharma. Spinners have a huge role to play in T20 and Mumbai will be looking to him to lead their attack despite his tender years.
Mumbai Indians are known for keeping a fairly stable squad, often retaining their overseas players for several years. Dhawal Kulkarni is an experienced addition to the squad but the most eye-catching signing was that of Trent Boult, the New Zealand quick who has a knack for picking up wickets with the new ball.
Mahela Jayawardene has been in charge of Mumbai since 2017, leading them to the title in his debut season and again last year.
The former Sri Lanka great is known for his calm temperament and has a good track record, winning 18 and losing 13 of his 31 games in charge. He has surrounded himself with experience, with Sachin Tendulkar the batting mentor, Shane Bond working with the bowlers and Robin Singh also working with the batsmen and will be keen to pass responsibility onto his captain Rohit Sharma while being a calm presence in the dugout.
In his playing days he was one of the great batsmen, making over 600 appearances for Sri Lanka in all formats of the game, scoring 54 centuries and scoring over 24,000 international runs and winning the 2014 T20 World Cup – so there is not much of the game that he does not know.
Chances of Success in 2020?
Online bookmakers have Sharma’s side as favourites to lift the 2020 title, and give them a 16.9% chance of retaining the trophy.