Mumbai Indians, five-time IPL champions and the team with the most wins in IPL history are just two more wins away from their sixth Indian Premier League title. The season did not start very well for MI as they lost the first two matches. But the players stayed strong in difficult situation and gave their all to make Mumbai reach the playoffs one more time.
Their season has been a complete roller-coaster ride of wins and losses. They have had many heroes for them this season, some of them are the ones whom they invested in heavily at the auction. The most prominent strength for the Mumbai team this season has been their middle-order.
Mumbai’s middle-order comprising of Surya Kumar Yadav, Cameron Green, Tilak Varma, Nehal Wadhera, and Tim David.
With the openers not in form, Mumbai really needed their other players to step up and the middle-order has grabbed the opportunity with both hands wide open. Sky had a shaky start to the league but then was back in his original form. In the blink of an eye, Sky has crossed the 500-run mark one more time and this year he has a century to his name as well.
Other players in the middle order have been absolutely brilliant as well. Cameron Green, Nehal Wadhera, and Tilak Varma have played a few crucial knocks due to which Mumbai is today in the playoffs.
The other strength for MI has been the ease with which they have been able to chase down 200+ targets. They have done it 4 times this season and no team is even close to them.
There have been glaring weaknesses too for Mumbai. The form of Rohit Sharma has been very poor this season and that has effected a lot to them.
Their bowling department was very inconsistent in the beginning with Bumrah missing and Archer not in form. Piyush Chawla has been the only positive for them this season as far as spin bowling is concerned.
Fast bowling was their weakness for the first 10 games but now with the exceptional bowling of Akash Madhwal that has been sorted.
Let us see their probable playing 11 for the Qualifier 2 match against Gujarat Titans.
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Surya Kumar Yadav, Cameron Green, Tilak Varma, Nehal Wadhera, Tim David, Chris Jordan, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal, Jason Behrendorff.