Four times Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians are yet again on a rampage in the 13th edition of the invigorating tournament, looking comfortable in their journey to lift the title for the record fifth time. Well, what makes the Rohit Sharma led outfit so dominant? The answer lies in their meticulous effort to put up a strong and consistently performing team.
With Chennai Super Kings proving their worth as the most daunting IPL franchise, Mumbai came into the scenario with their first title victory back in 2013. Their ability to use the power of their team players very well has always been a positive point. Their attention to detail is second to none and the contributions from the ‘second-tier’ players ensure they have all the bases covered.
One of the key aspects of Mumbai’s flamboyant cruise is that they are not over-reliant on one individual. Underneath that core group of players like Rohit, Jasprit Bumrah, the Pandya brothers, Kieron Pollard, are a set of players who are getting more efficient at executing with each outing.
To summarize, here are some of the key points that work in favour of the four-time title holders.
Strong team management: With a distant vision of not only making a trophy-winning side but to make a consistently performing team, MI’s team building always stood apart from the rest of the franchises. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Nitish Rana, Suryakumar Yadav to name a few, were all home-grown breeds who were all nurtured and developed in the Mumbai camp.
Filling up the roster with strong Indian players: Many players who don’t feature much in the Indian team played for MI in the top order in likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, etc. These people don’t have international experience to boast about but can have performed consistently well for Mumbai. That’s only possible if you completely help them grow in conditions.
A calm and composed captain: Mumbai needed a strong captain to hold their nerves during tough situations and they found that in Rohit Sharma. A captain who can trust his teammates at the time of his beginning and worst. Rohit believed in Bumrah when he started playing in 2015–17 he was not productive but gradually developed to be a world-class asset.
An all-round side: Mumbai edged past every other franchise in the long-haul competition solely on their performance as a team. Be it batting, bowling, or fielding. While behemoths like Rohit, De Cock, Pollard always shining for the team they had a backbone made of all-rounders like Krunal and Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan among others. Their fielding had always been a show stopper while the bowling department which was once spearheaded by the likes of Lasith Malinga and Zaheer Khan, never disappointed while it came down to Bumrah and others.