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IPL 2020: 5 Players to Watch Out For MI This Season
- Updated: January 6, 2020
The IPL 2020 is likely to start on March 29, with Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings playing the first game of the season at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. These two teams have been the most successful teams in the league’s history. While MI have four IPL titles to their name, CSK have three. In the players to watch out for segment of our IPL coverage, we carry on analysing the teams and looking at the five most important players who will play a defining role for their respective teams.
In this article, we will take a look at the five players to watch out for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020.
Skipper Rohit Sharma is the most important player and one of the five players to watch out for the defending champions in IPL 13. The tournament’s third-highest run-scorer (4898 runs from 188 games), Rohit is leading the franchise since 2013. Since then, under his captaincy, Mumbai has lifted the IPL trophy every odd year till 2019. His form with the bat at the top is as crucial as Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling form for Mumbai’s IPL 13 campaign. Over the years, Rohit has batted alongside a lot of partners at the other end, however, the right-hander has been a constant at the top. He was in good form in 2019, making it one of the most successful years of his career. Tests, ODIs, T20Is, Rohit was consistent in every format and with the IPL almost knocking on the door, he would like to keep his form going.
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Jasprit Bumrah made a comeback into the Indian team in 2020 after being out of action since September last year. He has recovered from his stress fracture in his lower back and is fit and raring to go. The India vs Sri Lanka T20I series will be his first series in the new year. He is also a part of the Indian squad for the ODI series against Australia and is expected to be in the Indian squad for their away tour to New Zealand as well. He is our next key player to watch out for MI. Bumrah picked up 19 wickets in IPL 2019 and will aim to finish at the top of the ladder this season. With Malinga at the other end, the Bumrah-Malinga duo will look to pose all kinds of problems for the opposition batsmen. They are one of the reasons why Mumbai have been the most successful IPL side and the onus will be once them to keep the reputation maintained.
The tournament’s leading wicket-taker will be playing his 13th season with Mumbai Indians and he is the next player to watch out for in our list. Malinga has been an IPL legend over the years and the Sri Lankan is just 30 wickets away from 200 IPL wickets. Malinga earned his reputation as the world’s best through this league and he has been a part of all the four IPL winning squads for the franchise. A bowler par-excellence, Malinga has been the master to Bumrah the apprentice. Another IPL season is on the cards and another stellar performance from the ‘Slinga’ is hopefully on the cards as well. Over the years, Mumbai Indians and Lasith Malinga have been synonymous for all the IPL fans.
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The fourth player to watch out for MI in IPL 2020 is Kieron Pollard. He was recently in India for a T20I series and he displayed his power in the matches. Having joined the franchise in 2010, Pollard has been a constant for the past 10 seasons for them. He too like Malinga and Rohit was a part of four IPL titles with the franchise, the latest of which came last year. Besides his powerful batting, his athletic fielding makes him an invaluable asset in the squad. He was among the players retained in the pre IPL auction transfer window. Off late in the last few seasons, Pollard has not bowled much for the franchise, still, he continues to be an important part of the playing XI. Along with Rohit, Malinga and Bumrah, Pollard forms the core of the side.
Mumbai Indians roped in Chris Lynn for just 2 crores after KKR released him in the pre-auction transfer window. He is most likely to partner Rohit Sharma at the top. Lynn played six seasons for Kolkata having joined them in 2014. Having moved to Mumbai now, he is expected to play a defining role with the defending champions. Lynn finished as the highest-scorer in the recently concluded Abu Dhabi T10 League. He displayed immense power with the bat and enhanced his reputation as a T20 player in the tournament. Lynn has had his share of injuries in the past in the IPL and therefore it will be important for the franchise to take care of his fitness especially his shoulder. He would enjoy batting on a placid Wankhede track and has all the possibilities of finishing as the highest run-getter this season.