SWOT analysis Mumbai Indians
No of Matchwinners
MI have no less than 6 match winners in their playing XI. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock being one of the most explosive opening pairs in the IPL currently can out play the opposition before the match even reaches mid-way. Suryakumar Yadav has proven his worth time and again to adapt and deliver match-winning knocks. Jasprit Bumrah is the 3rd bowler to scalp 100 wickets for MI which undoubtedly makes him a match winner. The lower middle order partnership of Pollard and Pandya is not only explosive but scarily consistent which makes it impossible to write MI out of any contest.
Lack of a quality spinner
Though MI have Piyush Chawla and Rahul Chahar in their ranks. The need for a quality spinner has always been their weakness. Rahul Chahar struggled at the back end of IPL 2020 while Krunal Pandya also struggled to pick up wickets. MI’s alternatives are Anukul Roy and Jayant Yadav who have little to no experience of playing in the IPL. With MI playing 5 matches at Chennai, lack of a quality finger spinner might come back to haunt them.
MI became only the second side to win the IPL title in consecutive years. They also broke their curse of not winning a trophy in an even year. If MI manage to win the title this season, they will be the first franchise to win the IPL title in 3 consecutive seasons.
Injury to Bumrah or Boult
Jasprit Bumrah has led the Mumbai Indians attack superbly, if he were to get injured by any chance the backup Indian bowlers are Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan and Arjun Tendulkar who are likely to struggle to create the same impact as Bumrah. An injury to Bumrah or Boult might put a huge dent to MI’s hopes.