Probable Playing XI
- Rohit ©
- Tilak Varma/Dewald Brevis*/Anmolpreet Singh
- Tim David*
- Daniel Sams*/Unadkat/Sanjay Yadav
- Murugan Ashwin
- The Top 3 is quite strong, and gels really well together.
- Good finishers, strong against pace.
- Rohit is one of the best captains in world cricket.
- The coaching staff has been successful in the past, and knows how to extract results.
- Jasprit Bumrah.
- The spin department is probably the weakest out of all teams – Murugan Ashwin and Mayank Markande might not be ready to take all that responsibility on their shoulders.
- There are no dependable Indian pacers except Jasprit Bumrah, so they are over reliant on the overseas pacers.
- Bowling looks weak overall.
- The No.4 spot might be a matter of concern.
- They don’t bat deep – Murugan Ashwin as a No.8 is concerning.
- Murugan Ashwin and Mayank Markande will finally get the consistent backing that they haven’t got previously in the IPL.
- Tilak Varma and Dewald Brevis suddenly find themselves in contention for an IPL Playing XI spot out of nowhere. They would want to make good use of this chance.
- SKY can completely cement his spot in the Indian national XI with another strong season here.
- Mills, Sams, and Unadkat have all been heavily unsuccessful in the IPL in the past.
- Ishan Kishan has been mercurial and may not be as consistent as MI would like him to be.
The Mumbai Indians have dominated the IPL ever since Rohit Sharma took up captaincy in 2013. However, I believe their legacy will come to an end in the next few seasons. The team they have assembled has plenty of holes, and even with the addition of Jofra Archer next year, the holes will still remain. Bluntly, Mumbai has disappointed in this auction, what with all the hoo-ha about their analytics team. They finish 7th in my rankings, but with a management and coaching setup like Mumbai’s, you never really know!