IPL 2019 Preview: Mumbai Indians

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A star-studded line-up and a reputation to live up to, have caught up with Mumbai Indians who look to make amends after a dismal campaign last time around.

The three-time IPL champions have infused their squad with youth and experience to stake a claim in the tournament. The franchise will look to avoid their knack of suffering defeats during the initial stages of the tournament.

Mumbai Indians had an eventful trade window by successfully capturing Quinton De Kock from the Royal Challengers Bangalore. This acquisition leaves the side with plenty of options at the top which includes Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav.

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The franchise’s strength without any doubt is their core. Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and the Pandya brothers have gelled well to win plenty of games for the team. The poor form of the core coupled with the newcomers’ failure to adapt cost them the season last time around.

Ishan Kishan’s inconsistency and Kieron Pollard’s horror show with the bat caused a lot of problems. The side, however, has snatched up extra bench strength to avoid such situations.

Led by Mahela Jayawardene, the coaching staff also constitutes of Shane Bond, Robin Singh and Sachin Tendulkar as bowling coach, batting coach and mentor respectively.

The three-time winners took an interesting approach during the auction by purchasing veterans Lasith Malinga and Yuvraj Singh at their base prices. Malinga makes a return to the side after serving as a bowling consultant in the last season.

Possessing great bowling depth, the Mumbai Indians have one of the best pace attacks in the competition. Leading the way is Jasprit Bumrah who has attained the ability to turn matches on its head all by his own. The other fast bowling options include Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ben Cutting, Lasith Malinga, Adam Milne, Jason Beherendorff and Barinder Sran.

The purchase of Lasith Malinga aims to solve the death over issues that the side faced last season. Poor death overs cost the side several matches which include the ones against Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.

Whereas the spin bowling division got a new entry in the form of Mayank Markande who mesmerised the Wankhede with his variations. Krunal Pandya is the other spin bowler available at Rohit Sharma’s disposal. The left-arm spinner has evolved to be the skipper’s go-to man in tough circumstances.

Despite a star-studded squad, Rohit Sharma is faced with a number of predicaments which include the lack of Indian pacers, the form of Yuvraj Singh and the first choice wicket-keeper batsman.

As witnessed in previous seasons, the Mumbai Indians tend to come back strongly after a failure. Rohit Sharma and co. will be desperate to put the city of Mumbai back on the map with a record fourth IPL crown.

Predicted XI:

Evin Lewis, Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande.

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