Mumbai Indians Predicted XI
Trading Quinton de Kock from RCB proved to be a masterstroke for MI in 2019 as the Proteas wicketkeeper had a fabulous season with the bat. With 529 runs at a strike rate of 132.91, de Kock was one of the top performers for MI last season.
The skipper, who is a regular opener for India for more than six years now, has finally agreed to open the innings for MI on a regular basis in 2019. Coach Jayawardene has already mentioned that Rohit will open with De Kock.
The Mumbai locale Suryakumar is in scintillating form in limited-overs tournaments in the domestic circuit. He has done exceedingly well for MI so far, with more than 400 runs each season batting at various slots from opening to number four or five. The flexibility he brings in, being able to bat anywhere in the batting order, makes him invaluable for the team.
The swashbuckling wicket keeper batsmen is expected to line up at no 4. The Jharkhand native has shown flashes of brilliance but has struggled to convert his starts into substantial scores. Nevertheless, his immense potential means Ishan Kishan will play at no 4.
Kieron Pollard comes into the IPL on the back of a scintillating CPL having scored 207 runs at an average of 51 and strike rate of 204. MI should look to bat him at five or maybe even higher up the order given the kind of form he is in. Additionally, he also has vast experience of playing in UAE.
Hardik, who is coming back from back surgery, would like to take it a little easy at the start of the league and slowly move into top gear, especially on the bowling front. He would like to continue with the same impact performances with the bat he dished out for MI in the IPL last year, where he had a strike rate of above 190.
Krunal Pandya, who did not have a great IPL last year, especially with the bat, would like to be back at his former best with both the bat and ball. Having fallen down the pecking order as a spin-bowling all-rounder in the Indian team, this IPL provides him the perfect opportunity to come back into the reckoning.
With Malinga set to miss out in IPL 2020 due to personal reasons, Aussie quick Coulter Nile will replace the legendary Sri-Lankan. Coulter Nile is also a quality bowler in the death overs using his slower ones and Yorkers effectively.
Rahul Chahar will shoulder the spin bowler’s responsibilities along with Krunal. The wily leg-spinner will provide the much-needed variety to the MI attack and will be the wicket-taking option in the middle overs. The 21 year old proved his class in IPL 2019 picking 13 wickets at a superb economy of 6.95.
Trent Boult will line up alongside Bumrah to lead the pace attack for Mumbai Indians. The Kiwi quick finds an advantage over some of the others since he is a left-arm bowler and is capable of swinging the new ball both ways and MI can look at him as a wicket-taking option in the powerplay overs.
The best T20 bowler in the World at the moment. If Bumrah maintains his fitness, he should play all the games in the season. He is truly an x-factor for the team and makes a huge difference for them. Bumrah can bowl at any stage of the innings and has got some brilliant tricks up his sleeve. Mumbai’s chances will rely a lot on how he fares in the upcoming season. In the last four seasons, he has been a terrific performer for the side stepping up whenever the team required him