The defending champions of IPL 2017 will walk in this season with an air of confidence around them. Mumbai Indians played smart in the IPL auction 2018. They maintained their core team that included Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard. In addition, they have bought some splendid names like Evin Lewis and Mustafizur Rehman who are top players in the T20 arena currently.
Rohit Sharma (captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rehman, Pat Cummins, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, JP Duminy, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Sharad Lumba, Siddesh Lad, Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dhananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Nidheesh
Perhaps, the strongest Indian contingent in this IPL. Mumbai did well to maintain the key players from the winning campaign of last year. In Hardik and Krunal, they have a middle order batsman, a finisher and 8 overs combined of spin and speed. Rahul Chahar will be the spin partner of Krunal.
The greatest jewel of the MI team is, of course, their captain Rohit Sharma. They will be hopeful of having at least two-three match winning knocks from their captain who has been in a splendid form lately. Ishan Kishan is an exciting prospect which other teams will have to deal with first.
Jaspreet Bumrah will again be the center focus of Mumbai’s bowling. He although lacks a bit in match practice, he will be eager perform for his franchise. The Indian part in Mumbai Indians looks quite strong.
Mumbai’s best buy this season has undoubtedly been Evin Lewis. The West Indian opener is as explosive as Chris Gayle and he will be the surprise package in this season. They boast of three amazing bowlers in Mustafizur Rehman, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell McClenaghan. All three can bowl very effectively at every stage of a T20 match and are extremely difficult to get away.
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Evin Lewis $
Surya Kumar Yadav
Kieron Pollard $
Pat Cummins $
Mustafizur Rehman/Mitchell McClenaghan $
$ – Foreign Players
The options for Mumbai Indians this season will be Akila Dhananjaya if they want an extra spinner, Ben Cutting in place of Kieron Pollard, Aditya Tare in place of Ishan Kishan and Saurabh Tiwary in place of Surya Kumar Yadav can be tried.