IPL 2024: Strength & Weakness of Mumbai Indians

The Mumbai Indians are one of the most consistent teams in the league’s history with a mostly settled squad. The team captained by Rohit Sharma has won the IPL title five times already: in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020.

The five-time champs are going through a lot of turbulence ahead of the IPL 2024 season. The selection of Hardik Pandya as the team’s captain has angered the fans. Many believe that the 36-year-old Rohit Sharma has been victimized by the team that has won so much because of him.

In the IPL 2024 Auction, the Mumbai Indians made wise buys. This year’s big buys include Dilshan Madushanka, Gerald Coetzee, and Nuwan Thushara. This article examines the Mumbai Indians’ pros and cons and the huge potential and dangers they face this season.

Mumbai Indians (MI) Squad Review

The Mumbai Indians only won three of their first seven games this season, which was a rough start for them. Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma were not getting the job done, and their first-choice seamers were injured. 

Nevertheless, young players like Tilak Varma, Nehal Wadhera, and seamer Akash Madhwal led them to the playoffs, and veteran legspinner Piyush Chawla made a great recovery. Cameron Green added value with both his bat and ball and Suryakumar Yadav had another great season.

After dealing with Hardik Pandya to bolster their batting (and balance), the Mumbai Indians went into the auction in need of repairs on the bowling front, where there were several holes.

From the view of acquiring pacers, the  IPL 2024 auction went as well as MI could have wanted, landing them an excellent secondary target in Dilshan Madushanka and a primary target in Gerald Coetzee (for a very reasonable 5 cr). 

The pace bowling battery of Bumrah, Behrendorff, Coetzee, Madushanka, Shepherd, Madhwal, and Thushara is very potent. But they lacked the funds to get Mitchell Starc. If you had shown this line-up to MI before the auction, they would have accepted it with ease.

Still, there’s a huge hole in the spin department. MI was able to sign Mohammad Nabi after acquiring Shreyas Gopal for his basic price.

With neither Wanindu Hasaranga nor Adil Rashid in great demand (Rashid went unsold), it was confusing why MI did not pursue them both. It was a decent IPL 2024 auction all around, but it could have been a 9.5/10 window if you buy a top-notch leggie.

MI probable starting eleven. Tim David, Nehal Wadhera, Gerald Coetzee, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Hardik Pandya (capt), (impact player: Akash Madhwal)

MI Strength – Great team balance

Suryakumar Yadav will bat at number three, while Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan will open the innings. Tim David, Tilak Varma, and Hardik Pandya will be the core of the batting order. With Jasprit Bumrah leading the way, the pace bowling outfit has a huge exposure and pace. MI has Akash Madhwal, who was a standout player in the Indian Premier League IPL 2023 season, in addition to the foreign pacers.

Gerald Coetzee and Dilshan Madushanka, two new players in form, will try to establish themselves in the MI team. Both players became popular in the cricketing circles after their World Cup performance. In the IPL 2024 season, they will look to justify their prices and get their spots in the team.

MI Weakness – Lack of star spinning option and backup opener

During the 2023 season, Piyush Chawla was the Mumbai Indians’ best bowler. Shreyas Gopal has been added to the team, but there is a huge issue. The Mumbai Indians might have used the services of Wanindu Hasaranga to get them through the middle overs. This year, Mumbai may suffer from the absence of a proven star name spinner. 

The absence of a backup opener in their IPL 2024 team lineup is another issue that MI has to be concerned about. There isn’t a batter with elite-level experience who can open the innings if Ishan Kishan or Rohit gets hurt. 

Excellent chance for Hardik to demonstrate his leadership abilities

There has never been a captain in IPL history who has won the IPL trophy for two separate teams. Pandya has the chance to make history by leading Mumbai to their sixth IPL title and being the first captain to achieve the feat.  

FAQ’s

1. Which IPL team is the most successful team in IPL history?

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) share the title of most successful teams in the Indian Premier League. CSK & MI both won the IPL 5 times each side in the IPL history.

2. Will Hardik Pandya lead the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2024?

Mumbai Indians announced Hardik Pandya as the captain for the IPL 2024. However, Hardik Pandya seems to be out of IPL 2024 due to injury. Hardik Pandya is racing against time to be fit for IPL 2024. If Pandya remains out due to injury, Mumbai Indians will choose the captain from the options of Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Suryakumar Yadav.

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