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Of the eight teams taking part in the Indian Premier League in 2020, Mumbai Indians are rated as the favourites to win the competition at odds of 5.00.
In 2019 the Mumbai Indians squad won the IPL. They finished top of the league section ahead of Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals on their superior net run-rate. Mumbai then won the final against the Super Kings in a dramatic match decided by just one run.
With the margin of victory being so narrow between the Indians and Chennai in both the league and the playoff final, it’s no surprise that the Super Kings are the joint second favourites at 6.00 during the IPL Betting season, along with Hyderabad Sunrisers, who finished fourth last year.
As champions, there were no real weak spots in the MI team. They have nevertheless added a number of new players to the 2020 squad, to refresh the options for their coach Mahela Jayawardene. Find out more about the changes made to the squad below.
|Prince Balwant Rai Singh||All-rounder|
|Quinton de Kock||Wicket-keeper|
The big buys made by Mumbai at the 2020 IPL auction were Chris Lynn and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Such is the quality within the current group of MI team 2020 players, that neither Lynn or Coulter-Nile will automatically walk straight into the side, even though they would do at other franchises. Instead, they have been brought in to provide high quality backup and competition for places.
Lynn has spent the previous five years playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Australian is an explosive batsman, known for his big-hitting and ability to score sixes. Coulter-Nile is another Australian international and the fast bowler will bring pace to the Mumbai Indians’ attack.
Other bowlers brought in include Trent Boult, Digvijay Deshmukh, Mohsin Khan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Prince Balwant Rai Singh and Sherfane Rutherford. Saurabh Tiwary – who represented Mumbai in the first ever IPL back in 2008 – returns to the team.
If there’s a weakness to the bowling attack of the Indians it could be a lack of variety. The balance between MI team 2020 players seems a little off, with an excess of seam bowlers and only Rahul Chahar standing out as a quality spin option on the Mumbai Indians new team.
Fitness could also be an issue in IPL 2020. Hardik Pandya has been out with an injury for a long time, while another key team 2020 player, Jasprit Bumrah, is only just making his comeback. Mumbai Indians look to have the best squad in the IPL overall, with great strength in depth, but there can always be unforeseen problems that occur.
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There are a number of great players within the Mumbai ranks, but perhaps four that really stand out.
Opening the batting and keeping wicket is the South African international Quinton de Kock. The 27-year old joined the Mumbai Indians for the 2019 IPL season and was a smash hit in his debut year, as he scored the third most runs in the competition, averaging 35.26 from 16 innings.
The bowler that has taken the most wickets in IPL history is Lasith Malinga with 170. Now 36, the Sri Lankan remains a top player, taking 16 wickets in 2019, in only twelve matches.
One of the best all-rounders in cricket is Kieron Pollard, who has been with Mumbai since 2010. During that time his ability with the ball, bat and in the field have made him the backbone of the side. Pollard is the second highest all-time run scorer who has also taken more catches than any other Indians player.
The highest ever run scorer is Rohit Sharma, who goes into the IPL 2020 season with a total of 4,898 runs, which makes his the third highest score in the IPL’s history. He’s been the captain of the Mumbai Indians since 2013 and the team have won the Indian Premier League four times under his leadership.
Will Sharma guide the team to a fifth IPL victory in 2020? History suggests it will be tough, even though Mumbai are the favourites to retain the competition.
Mumbai Indians are a foundational team within the Indian Premier League and since it was formed in 2008, have competed in all twelve seasons.
Now firmly established as one of the very best franchises, Mumbai initially struggled. After finishing fifth in the first season, they were seventh in 2009, which remains their lowest ever finish.
Then came a period of three years when the Indians began to grow into one of the strongest teams in the IPL. Between 2010 and 2012 they reached the playoffs each season, with the capture of Kieron Pollard during IPL 2020 being key to the evolution of a squad that already featured some fine talents, including Mumbai’s greatest ever player Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from the IPL after Mumbai won IPL 2013.
The closest that the team came to winning the IPL during that period was in 2010, when they lost in the final to Chennai Super Kings by 22 runs. Their wait for an IPL victory came to an end in 2013 and they have won the tournament a further three times since then. With four IPL titles, Mumbai Indians are the most successful franchise in the history of the competition, ahead of Chennai who have won it three times.
Mumbai were also very successful in the now defunct Champions League. In 2011 they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Champions League T20 final by 31 runs, which saw the team lift their first trophy. Then in 2013 they not only won the IPL title, but beat Rajasthan Royals in the final of the Champions League by 33 runs.
The Mumbai Indians have had three different home grounds during their history. They started playing at the DY Patil Stadium for the first two IPL seasons. In 2010, they then moved to the Brabourne Stadium, before moving to their current home of the Wankhede Stadium in 2011.
Mumbai Indians are the justified favourites at 5.0 to win IPL 2020. They won the tournament in 2019, have been the strongest IPL side in recent years and have strengthened their squad.
Yet if they are to win a fifth IPL, Mumbai will have to do something that history has proven to be very difficult. Defend their title.
Chennai Super Kings are the only team to have retained the IPL, when they won it in 2010 and then again in 2011. Mumbai have had three opportunities to follow in their footsteps and have failed each time. Only once in 2014, when they finished fourth, did the Indians even reach the playoffs in the season following an IPL win, finishing fifth in both 2016 and 2018.
It is difficult to imagine this MI team falling short of a playoffs again, but their record in recent years shows how competitive the IPL is. Chennai are likely to be their biggest competition once more. Though the Super Kings have only won the IPL once – in 2018 – over the past six years, they have been very consistent, reaching the final five times (W1 L4) and finishing third on the other occasion.
We still think that Mumbai Indians are worthy favourites in IPL 2020, but it may be sensible to monitor their early form. Injury problems could make for a slow start, which would see their price and overall value increase over the long-term.
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The captain of the team, Rohit Sharma, has the greatest claim. He is the highest ever run scorer for the Mumbai Indians and under his captaincy they have won four IPL tournaments.
The opening batsmen in IPL 2019 were Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma. They are expected to continue in these roles on the Mumbai Indians team in 2020.
In the one match that Rohit Sharma missed in the IPL 2019, Kieron Pollard stepped up to captain the side.
Mumbai have won the IPL four times. Their first victory came in 2013 and more followed in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
As the defending champions of the IPL and having improved their squad, the Mumbai Indians are the favourites at 5.00 to win IPL 2020.