IPL Preview: Mumbai Indians
IPL Preview: Mumbai Indians

This article is part of our IPL Preview series.

Mumbai Indians is one of the most successful franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) history as they've won the title three times, joint-most alongside Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The franchise is owned by one of the India's biggest business groups – the Reliance Industries – and was the most expensive team bought in the inaugural bidding process in 2008. After a slow start, Mumbai picked up pace from the third edition where they finished as a runners up and finally won their first title in 2013. In the 2018 edition, Mumbai had a disappointing time as they missed out on a place in the playoffs as they finished on the fifth spot after managing to win six out of 14 matches played. 

The team is led by India's veteran explosive batsman Rohit Sharma, who will have the coaching assistance of former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene. In the batting department, the team will be heavily relying on captain Sharma to lead from the front and he will have the helping hand of South Africa's wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, West Indies' Evin Lewis and local talent like veteran Yuvraj Singh, Aditya Tare and Suryakumar Yadav

On the bowling front, the team will have the services of India's Jasprit Bumrah, Australia's Jason Behrendorff, veteran Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga and New Zealand's duo of Adam Milne and Mitchell McClenaghan to provide timely breakthroughs. Mumbai also have a lot of all-round options in the squad with the likes of Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting and young Anukul Roy, all of whom can contribute with bat and ball which can bring a lot of stability in the playing eleven. 

Key Facts 

Highest score of 223-6 by Mumbai was registered in the match against Kings XI Punjab in 2017, whereas their lowest score of 87 came against the same opposition but in the 2011 edition. Highest total of 235-1 against Mumbai was registered by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 2015 season, whereas lowest score of 66 against Mumbai was registered by Delhi Daredevils in the year 2017. 

Mumbai's largest victory in terms of runs came in the match against Delhi in the 2017 edition where they emerged victorious by 146 runs, whereas their biggest defeat in terms of runs came in the match against Rajasthan Royals in the 2013 season where they were thrashed by 87 runs. 

Highest individual score of 114 not out for Mumbai was registered by former Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya in the match against CSK in 2008, whereas highest individual score of 133 not out against Mumbai was registered by RCB's AB de Villiers in 2015 season. Legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for most runs (618) for Mumbai in a single season which he achieved in the 2009-10 edition, whereas captain Sharma holds the record for most runs (3,596) scored by any Mumbai player in the history of IPL. 

Best bowling figures of 5-13 in a match for Mumbai was registered by Malinga in the match against Delhi in 2011. The Sri Lanka captain also holds the record for most wickets (28) in a single season and most wickets (179) in the IPL history for Mumbai. 

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Azeem Siddiqui
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