Mumbai Indians Season Preview: Can the defending champion write his cracks in the spin department?


Q: Can Mumbai Indians defend the title this year?

Mumbai Indians Season Preview: Can the defending champion write his cracks in the spin department?


A: They certainly can, unless their spinners survive the end of the tournament.

What can work for them?

If most teams lose as an explosive bowler like Lasith Malinga, they will be humiliated. But not the Mumbai Indians, whose fast bowling is unparalleled in the dynamite league. After a timely break, with the help of Jaspreet Bumrah, his bowling team experiences experience, depth, danger, and variety, an election flag that has the potential to cross levels. So much so that Rohit Sharma has been pampered’ for selection.

Put yourself in his shoes and try to decide which of the two fast bowlers from Trent Bolt, Mitchell McClelland, James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Neil, and Dhol Kulkarni will be the teammate of Spring Bumrah. They have an equally devastating line-up order, with the addition of Chris Lane making it even more devastating.

Where can they move?

As thick as his stock is, his spin bench is thin. Youth League spinner Rahul Chahar enjoyed the age-old campaign last season, there are deceptions and tricks, but he still does not have the proper experience to wipe the lead spinner. Nor is left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya, although he would consider the hot and dry conditions suitable for putting his skills into practice. But under pressure, in big games against world-class batsmen, can they thrive in match-winning performances? What if one of the two is injured?

He may need off-spinner Jayant Yadav to recreate his domestic T20 Farhat (6.20) in the IPL stage. Or enjoy a breakthrough edition like left-arm spinner Anokol Rai Chah Bihar. The Mumbai Indians are known’ for their enviable bounce, but their spin department is more questionable than ever.

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Cards will include sending Rohit Sharma to number 3 to accommodate Quentin de Kok and Chris Lin at the top of the order. Or will he replace Colonel Pandya with Jayant Yadav? The former played all 16 games last season, and was financially quite bowling (7.28 is quite impressive in this version) but is not as reliable or stable as the level of cricket required from this spinner. Is. He is prone to misguidance. There will be days when his flattering tricks will be incredibly difficult to reach the limits, but there will be days when he may be utterly weak. Yadav offers a stable alternative in addition to taking more risks to take wickets.

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Nathan Coulter-Neil. The Western Australian all-rounder is a short animal. He has rediscovered his batting mojo, polished his bowling ling and, most importantly, figured out an injury-free formula, the biggest hurdle of his career reaching the heights of the cycle. Is. He could be an all-round impact player at the Kieran Pollard Mold on the day of the summit.

Australia's Nathan Coulter Niall beat West Indies by 92 runs at 60 on Trent Bridge, the highest score at No. 8 in the World Cup. (File photo / Reuters)

If his batting is full of muscle and bottom bone - remember how he blew the West Indies to Trent Bridge with the winning 92 runs in the match, the highest score at No. 8 in the World Cup - In addition to the bowling muscles of the brain. In the midst of his ongoing injury implementation, he has worked carefully on his variations and accelerated what already exists. Always a great short ball promoter, he can bounce in the toe crusher or slow ball yorker which can make a difference in the process. Add hardcore and it becomes a destructive proposition, and in less than a millennial season, she needs to be careful.

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Sherfin Rutherford had barely a permanent run against the Delhi capitals last year. But in all the games he played, he presented great proofs of his penmanship for big strikes. He managed just 73 runs in seven games, after batting he ended the order, but 422 of those runs came with sixes. Although he did not capture the imagination of world cricket. Which used to be less than that - it could be his season.

What is their quarantine quotient?

Staying at home for 80 days will test all the teams, but the Mumbai Indians squad has been composed to remain ineffective and keep their focus.

Average age: 26

Total experience: 2894 T20 games

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