The Mumbai Indians are a franchise-based Cricket Team that is based in the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra and features in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Mumbai Indians Team was established in 2008 and is owned by India’s biggest corporate company, Reliance Industries via IndiaWin Sports, its 100% subsidiary.
Mumbai Indians – Franchise Analysis
The home ground of Mumbai Indians is the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Mumbai Indians, in 2017, become the only franchise in the IPL to cross $100 million marks in brand value.
As of 2019, the brand value of MI is estimated at around $809 crore. It is the highest among all franchise Teams playing in the IPL for the 4th consecutive year.
Mumbai Indians are the most successful IPL Teams with 4 titles. The Team also has begged two Champions Trophy titles. In 2011, they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 31 runs. They won their 2nd Champions Trophy after defeating Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 33 runs in 2013.
MI claimed their first IPL trophy after beating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 23 runs in 2013 Final.
MI’s second IPL win came in 2015 when they beat CSK in 2015 by 41 runs. This way, the Mumbai Indians emerged as the 3rd Team having won the IPL twice.
They got better of Rising Pune Supergiant by 1 run to pocket its 3rd IPL title in 2017. They went on to become the first Team to have won 3IPL titles.
They repeated the feat in 2019 by beating Chennai Super Kings by 1 run in 2019 Final and become the most successful IPL Team by taking home 4 IPL trophies.
The Captain of the Mumbai Indians is the stylish Indian opener, Rohit Sharma. Mahela Jayawardene has been the Head Coach of the franchise since 2017.
Rohit Sharma is the leading run-scorer of MI. On the other hand, Lasith Malinga is the leading wicket-taker of his Team, the MI, and overall, in IPL as well.
Mumbai Indians History
The Apex Cricket body in India, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the establishment of a Twenty20 Tournament, Indian Premier League in 2017. IPL was to be underway in 2008 in the summer months of March to May.
In 2008, the owners of the 8 city-based franchises were revealed by BCCI. Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) became the owner of the Mumbai Indians, and it went to RIL for $111.9 Million.
The amount made Mumbai Indians the most expensive Team to be sold in IPL. Led by Mukesh Ambani, RIL bagged the rights of the Mumbai Indians for 10 years.
Home Ground of MI –
The home ground of the most successful IPL Team is the historic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
However, during the first two seasons of the IPL in 2008 and 2009, MI played its home matches at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
They played their home matches in the 3rd season of the IPL at the Brabourne Stadium.
It was because Wankhede Stadium was going under renovation for the staging of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011, and especially the Final Match. MI went on to pocket 6 of the 7 home games played at the Brabourne Stadium in 2010 season.
Nonetheless, the franchise now plays its home games in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The iconic Wankhede Stadium is named after S.K. Wankhede, the former President of the BCCI.
The Mumbai Cricket Association owns and maintains the Wankhede Stadium, and it has a seating capacity of 45,000.
During the first season of the IPL, Mumbai Indians were the most watched Teams on television leading by example with a staggering 239 million viewers. They posted Rs.69 crore revenue and expenses of Rs.85 crore, handing the owners in the first season with the loss of Rs.16 crore. They were expected to break even in the season of 2009.
MI Team name, motto and logo design
The motto of the Mumbai Indians is ‘Duniya Hila Denge Hum’ translating to we will rock the world. The Team’s first anthem was based on this, and it featured Bollywood Super Star Hrithik Rohan as he was signed for the promo video campaign. With the logo of the Team being Sudarshan Chakra (Razor) and it was the franchise’s name that was to be Mumbai Razors. However, Sachin Tendulkar suggested it to be Mumbai Indians.
The primary color of the MI’s jersey is Blue with silver stripes on both sides. The colors of the Team’s jersey were similar in 2008 and 2009 seasons. In 2009, a new jersey with golden stripes was revealed. In 2011, the kit that was used in 2010 was added with the logo of Hero Honda as its key sponsor. 2011’s jersey also had 3 golden stripes for the new members in the squad with the kit being sponsored by Adidas from 2008 to 2014. Performax, an in-house Reliance Trend’s brand replaced Adidas in 2015.
The existing theme song of the Mumbai Indians is the famous ‘Duniya Hila Denge Hum’. Also, the stadium disc jockey played ‘Akha Mumbai Khelega’ with every four being hit by the Team or when a wicket was taken.
Champions Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020 – Team Analysis
Mumbai Indians will be raring to go in the 2020 season and replicate their 2019 season’s performance. It was the Mumbai Indians; the Rohit Sharma led side that lifted the prestigious 12th season of the Indian Premier League in 2019. It was their 4th honor, and they are the only Team to have won the coveted title four times.
Mumbai Indians already had a settled unit and added some players into their fold during the IP Auction in Kolkata on December 19 2019. They are already a force to reckon with, and they are now eyeing for their 5th crown in 2020.
At the IPL Auction, the key picks for the MI were the inclusion of Nathan Coulter-Nile, the Australian fast bowler. He was given a deal for a big Rs.8 crore. He had missed the last two seasons owing to injuries, and he had done well for KKR in 2017.
The Former destructive opener of KKR, Chris Lynn was also brought in by the Team for Rs.2 crore. Lynn brings to the table experience and his natural ability to slog the ball from the word ‘Go’
The IPL Auction in 2019 also saw got some players such as Sourabh Tiwary, Price Balwant Rai, Digvijay Deshmukh and Mohsin Khan being bought.
The core side of MI is super strong, and it is their strength. Even Trent Boult and Dhawal Kulkarni were brought to make it a squad that has no leaks at all.
All these make MI the most powerful and settled units that have been in the habit of winnings. The Team set up, sign ups during the auction, and their preparation makes them an invincible side.
Mumbai Indians team 2020 –
Here is the list of player Mumbai Indians bought and retained in the 2020 IPL Auction.
|Player||Retained/bought/traded||Price (Rs cr)||Previous team|
|Dhawal Kulkarni||Traded in||0.75||RR|
|Digvijay Deshmukh (uncapped)||Bought||0.2||KXIP|
|Mohsin Khan (uncapped)||Bought||0.2||SRH|
|Prince Balwant Rai Singh (uncapped)||Bought||0.2||None|
|Quinton de Kock||Retained||2.8|
|Sherfane Rutherford||Traded in||2||DC|
|Trent Boult||Traded in||3.2||DC|
Mumbai Indians can enjoy the luxury of having a settled batting force
With Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock at the helm of affairs in the opening, the Team looks set at the top. They are someone that the Team will rely on to give them powerful starts, especially during the power plays.
If the need is, even Chris Lynn is an added advantage to help the Team at the top or wherever the side wants him to play. Lynn has been scoring most of this runs as an opener for the Kolkata Knight Riders previously.
On the other hand, Surya Kumar Yadav, in the middle order and Ishan Kishan behind the gloves (when de Cock is not playing) can help the Team get going. Aditya Tare is another experienced chap that can chip in for MI when needed.
Mumbai Indians have a class above the rest bowling department
When it comes to the bowling department of Mumbai Indians, only a few sides can match the ranks and the quality that the bowling attack of the Team brings to the table.
Mumbai has always relied heavily on its pace and the upcoming season will be no different. Jasprit Bumrah is the man Rohit Sharma goes to being the pace spearheads, and he has in him to bowl tight spells and win your matches.
His ability to contain runs when most needed during the death overs, and especially when MI is defending a total is unquestionable.
With Lasith Malinga as his partner, the duo may draw first blood perfectly. Trent Boult is another top talent that the Team can go to break partnerships.
Mitchell McClenaghan, along with Dhawal Kulkarni and Coulter-Nile, also bring the experience that can be tested accordingly in a match situation.
What’s more, players like Rutherford and Hardik Pandya, being all-rounders can also pitch in with 4 overs in between.
What’s more, the 21-year-old new recruit, Digvijay Deshmukh, is also a pacer.
The same can’t be said about the spin department of the Mumbai Indians, and that has been the story of this Team for years now.
Krunal can be a vital player, and even Rahul Chahar should also get a huge role after Mankande was released. Anukool Roy, a slow left-arm orthodox may also support from the bench, along with Jayant. Roy has featured only in a single IPL game so far.
Do Mumbai Indians have any weak points to bother about?
As things stand today, Mumbai Indians barely have any weakness to mention. They have a quality batting composition, and they rely on pace alternatives, quality all-rounders and other experienced players. Their bench strength is also strong.
The only loop that is visible easily is their spin department – it would have been an incredible Team had the management given a thought on this.
Our verdict – Mumbai Indians can defend their title in IPL 2020
Mumbai Indians looks super balanced, they also mingle very well, and everything looks invincible. With a wide variety of fast bowlers, you can’t ask for a better pace attack.
Based on the ground situations, weather and form, they can easily rotate them and give everyone a hand to prove their skills. The spin department, despite not having any reliable name, can work wonders when it has its day.
Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Cock and Chris Lynn are three superstars that are destined to be the crux of the playing XI. Other important players in the Mumbai Indians side are of course Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal Pandya.
On their days, they can smash any opposition. Krunal can be an effective spin bowler, and Hardik has his own pace. The big hitting prowess of Hardik Pandya is known to all, and even he has an idea about his plus. He is known to go bang-bang during the last few overs and chase any target and set a higher one while batting first.
There is another player that we have not given much space here, and he is Kieron Pollard – he has always proved his worth in the Team. Along with Rohit Sharma, he has been one of the oldest members of the Mumbai Indians Team.
The Team swears by his hard-hitting batting abilities, and when he is batting with Hardik, they have in them to set the stadium on fire.
What’s more, Pollard’s bowling can also be another thing that can be tried to get a breakthrough when the top bowlers have been whacked for runs.
If every player in the Mumbai Indians plays to their potential, then nothing can stop MI from clinching their 5th IPL title.