The most awaited time of the year is here now: the start of the Indian Premier League. “Game Banega Name”: the tagline used this year aptly represents the spirit of the tournament, which is in its 12th year and still going strong.
IPL teams have changed a lot over the years since the inauguration of the tournament in 2008. What has remained constant is the support Mumbai Indians still get, years after Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement. Duniya Hila Denge Hum (We’ll rock the world ) still echoes in the Wankhede Stadium whenever Mumbai Indians play a game here.
The Mumbai Indians (abbreviated as MI) is a franchise cricket team based on the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra. The owners of this team are a business tycoon and owner of Reliance Industries, Mr. Mukesh Ambani and his wife Mrs. Nita Ambani. The iconic player of the team for a lot of years has been none other than celebrated player Sachin Tendulkar. Mumbai Indians as a team is considered to be one of the most successful teams of the IPL. The team won the title twice by defeating Chennai Super Kings in 2013 and 2015. In IPL season 10, in the thrilling finale match, Mumbai Indians won over Rising Pune Supergiant and became the first team to win the IPL title three times.
For the current season, the Head Coach of the team is Mahela Jayawardene, Assistant coach: Paras Mhambrey, Batting coach: Robin Singh, Bowling coach: Shane Bond and Fielding coach: James Pamment.
The predicted X- factor player of the Mumbai Indians in IPL -12 is named Ishan Kishan – A young left Handed Batsmen. A well-known name in the cricket community, he was the skipper of India U19 team that reached the finals of ICC U19 World Cup in 2016. He is a wicketkeeper-batsman who hails from Jharkhand and sees MS Dhoni as his ideal.
Mumbai Indians at one point had the most number of IPL titles and it shows that they know how to win, even during crunch situations. Also with smart buys like Yuvraj Singh, in-form Lasith Malinga and Quinton de Kock, MI’s title aspirations look bright and it is definitely one of the teams to look out for this season.
-Written by Manshi