The 16th Season of Indian Premier League is around the corner and fans cannot curb their excitement. You can catch our IPL 2023 Overview here. In this article, we will talk about the Mumbai Indians in detail.
MI had a campaign to forget last year, but with an all new season around the corner they’d be all charged up to turn all of last season’s wrongs into rights. They suffered a major blow with the leader of their pack Jasprit Bumrah and one of their most promising signings of the season in Jhye Richardson getting ruled out ahead of the season, but a fit Jofra Archer will act as the healing stuff for their bowling attack. Their batting is one of the strongest in the competition on paper, and they hardly have anything to worry in that department right from the openers to the finishers, boasting of some of the biggest names in the format. However their inexperienced spin attack is a major cause of concern.
Last Season Standing: With 4 wins & 10 losses, they ended up with the wooden spoon, finishing 10th on the points tally
Schedule of MI Matches
Match 5: April 2, Sunday: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians at Bengaluru at 7:30 PM
Match 12: April 8, Saturday: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings at Mumbai at 7:30 PM
Match 16: April 11, Tuesday: Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians at Delhi at 7:30 PM
Match 22: April 16, Sunday: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders at Mumbai at 3:30 PM
Match 25: April 18, Tuesday: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians at Hyderabad at 7:30 PM
Match 31: April 22, Saturday: Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings at Mumbai at 7:30 PM
Match 35: April 25, Tuesday: Gujarat Titans vs Mumbai Indians at Ahmedabad at 7:30 PM
Match 42: April 30, Sunday: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals at Mumbai at 7:30 PM
Match 45: May 3, Wednesday: Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians at Mohali at 7:30 PM
Match 49: May 6, Saturday: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians at Chennai at 3:30 PM
Match 54: May 9, Tuesday: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mumbai at 7:30 PM
Match 57: May 12, Friday: Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Titans at Mumbai at 7:30 PM
Match 63: May 16, Tuesday: Lucknow Super Giants vs Mumbai Indians at Lucknow at 7:30 PM
Match 69: May 21, Sunday: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad at Mumbai at 3:30 PM
You can check the Overall IPL Schedule here.
BATTERS: Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Dewald Brevis, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Tristan Stubbs, Nehal Wadhera
ALL-ROUNDERS: Cameron Green, Arshad Khan, Shams Mulani, Hrithik Shokeen, Ramandeep Singh
BOWLERS: Jofra Archer, Jason Behrendorff, Kumar Kartikeya, Piyush Chawla, Arjun Tendulkar, Akash Mandhwal, Raghav Goyal, Duan Jansen
WKs: Ishan Kishan, Vishnu Vinod
Changes to the Roster from last season
Cameron Green, Piyush Chawla, Duan Jansen
Kieron Pollard, Daniel Sams, Fabian Allen, Jayden Unadkat
MI are still in search of both Bumrah’s & Richardson’s replacements
Suryakumar Yadav Batter (RHB)
With the No. 1 ranked T20I batter back playing his favourite format, MI’s middle order is in great hands. He had a great run last season: Inns- 8 | Runs- 303 | Avg- 43 | SR- 146
With the kind of form he’s been in, in this format, expect him to easily breach the 550+ run mark this season, a season like that could also help him strengthen his WC chances
SKY in all T20s since the start of 2022: Inns- 49 | Runs- 1872 | Avg- 48 | SR- 170
Jofra Archer Bowler (RAF)
Jofra is all set for his much awaited MI debut. Fans would’ve loved to see him & Bumrah bowling in full tilt together, but the latter’s injury means they’ll have to wait yet another season.
Expect a roaring atmosphere at Wankhede with him running in with the new ball. He was impressive in his last outing, the T20Is vs Bangladesh: Inns- 3 | Wkts- 4 | Avg- 18 | SR- 16
Tim David Batter (RHB)
With Pollard calling quits on his IPL career, it’s all on David to leave as big an impact as him, while doing the finisher’s duties. He showed immense glimpses of his finishing prowess in the limited opportunities he got last season, despite an uncertainty over his place in the XI. Now with him having a fixed place in the XI, expect him to perform a notch above
Last season aggregates: Inns- 8 | Runs- 186 | Avg- 37 | SR- 216
His T20 aggregates since the start of this year: Inns- 17 | Runs- 445 | Avg- 41 | SR- 168
One to Watch Out for
Arshad Khan All Rounder (LHB/LAM)
Arshad could well be one of the finds for MI this season. He had to miss last season with injury, but with him now being fit and raring to go, expect some fireworks lower down the order coupled with his left arm seam.
He’s yet to make his T20 debut, but has shown enough glimpses of his talent in various local tournaments, the most recent being the DY Patil T20 Tournament: Inns- 5 | Runs- 75 | Avg- 37 | Wkts- 10 | Avg- 15
What do you think then are MI’s chances for this IPL Season?