IPL 2012 Preview - Mumbai Indians
A Preview of the MI team.
The Mumbai Indians outfit is one of the strongest outfits in the Indian Premier League. The Mumbai team has spared no expenses and have gone out of their way to get their hands on some very good players bolstering their already incredible line-up. Mumbai Indians in the recent past have been very consistent and think that this might very well be their year.
The Mumbai batting has all the big names one would expect in a limited overs fixture and this is what makes this team so deadly. Sachin Tendulkar, Aiden Blizzard, Herschelle Gibbs, Davy Jacobs, Dinesh Karthik, Richard Levi, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, and Kieron Pollard. An absolute group of batting dynamites, Mumbai Indians are the strongest batting unit in the tournament. Maybe only CSK can compete with them there. Of the names four of them are Indians and that just adds more balance to the team. The transfer of Dinesh Karthik from Punjab was a brilliant move and now allows the team to play an extra foreigner.
In the all-rounders department the team has Pollard, Franklin, and Thisara Perera. All big hitters who can clear the fence at will and at the same time send a couple of overs in and are expected to even get a breakthrough. The fielding of Mumbai Indians is perhaps the best in the tournament and their coach Jonty Rhodes certainly does his job with the boys.
If the batting was out-standing, the bowling is just as great if not a step better. With a line up of some well known Indian stars in RP Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, and Pragyan Ojha, Dhawal Kulkarni the places for the final XI will be well contested. I am really interested to see how Harbhajan Singh goes about and I’m hoping to see a good show from him so that he can put himself back on the selectors’ radar. In the overseas name, Lasith Malinga is the biggest one. He won the purple cap last season and his four overs will be crucial. There’s the new addition of Mitchell Johnson, and it will be interesting to watch how he goes if he does get a game.
The Mumbai Indians team is one powerhouse and I will be disappointed if this team does not make it to the last four. They are a serious contender for the title. Sachin’s captaincy might not be very impressive but with a team like MI, you don’t need to be a great skipper to win matches. Having lost to the Mumbai team in the CLT20 finals and having to witness that, I just hope Gayle can bury them whenever we meet next.