Fierce Mumbai Indians will have a go
Well, you know much about this particular team- The Mumbai Indians. Not many players have changed but some very good guys have joined this already awesome troop.
Okay, lets just have a small recap of what happened to Ambanis’ team in the past season. The first season was anything and everything that they would have forgotten. Sachin Tendulkar’s injury, Harbhajan’s poor Captaincy and Sreesanth controversy, then Shaun Pollock taking the responsibility. Finally, they found some rhythm as Tendulkar returned back ending awful moments. But, sadly they didn’t reach the semifinals. 2009 was no way like Season 1. They got in some key players in the Auction and Transfer window and let out some unwanted players. To be very brief, they fared better than 2008 for sure, obviously. Season 3 of IPL is much to talk about and the finalists Team Mumbai. They played superbly with Sachin top scoring for them. Being the runner ups, they qualified and played the CLT20. Now, its time to watch one of the favourites in this season- Mumbai Indians.
BATSMEN– Sachin Tendulkar (C), Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Aiden Blizzard.
ALL ROUNDERS– Kieron Pollard, Ali Murtaza, R Satish, T Suman, Andrew Symonds, Moises Henriques, James Franklin.
BOWLERS– Dilhara Fernando, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, D Kulkarni, AN Ahemad, Pawan Suyal, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal.
WICKET KEEPERS– Ambati Rayudu, AP Tare, Davy Jacobs.
The above would have shown you that surely Mumbai Indians are a semi final contenders. They have solid batting in Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and a plently of all rounders like Suman, Satish, Henriques and Franklin. Don’t forget the powers of Pollard. He is a boundary clearer. Symonds may not be in touch but is a potential customer.
Bowling department will be dependant on their best spinner Harbhajan. Malinga will have to deliver, as usual and Unsung hero of the Indian World Cup team- Munaf Patel, whose achievements were not visible. But of recent, Munaf has strived hard and will make the ball speak this season.
Where not would you find his name in these days. The Master, The King and The God. He attained what he wanted in his 21 year Career. And guess what, obviously he deserves it. Okay, back to the IPL, our Captain Tendulkar has handled pressure well in previous season and disproved critics that he is a bad Captain. More than a Captain, he is the top batsman.
Lets have a comparison here. 2003 WC- Sachin top scored and India were the runner ups. IPL 2010- Sachin top scored and MI were the runner ups.
After “This WC for Sachin”, I would be proud to call it “This IPL for Sachin”, as you know he is the big fellow. He may call it a day in T20 and focus on other formats as well. So, lets hope that this IPL is for Sachin.
He might have not won the much mattered game for Sri Lanka but he did take crucial wickets in the last game, of what he is known for. Malinga, as we know is the sercret weapon of every team he plays in. Let the pitch be green or brown, bouncy or flat, Malinga will have his day. With, Zaheer Khan out of Mumbai team, it will be Malinga’s responsibilty to head the pace department.
Time and again, I’ve said about this man when it comes to the team he plays. That his effect. Some guys might think, he can’t bat long and may not handle pressure. But, in T20 and in IPL, you don’t need to bat long at all. Clearing the ropes and scoring runs as fast as possible is the need. And he does exactly that. Also, he brings in some taste to the bowling with his Slow bouncing medium pacers.
Truly, this Singh was felt the moment of winning the World Cup. Even if he had not taken as many wickets as he usually does, he was attacking and saving some crucial runs. Harbhajan is the best Indian spinner and the best that Mumbai has got. Spin is King in India and he will play his role this time.
All together, Mumbai Indians are a good and well balanced unit having the right men for the right job. Well, we must watch out for this team on how they fare. Semi Final birth is for sure. Will Tendulkar have a delight again, will Batsmen fear of the Slinga and Doosa? All will have an answer for sure. Wait and watch!
Posted on April 7, 2011, in IPL, Mumbai Indians and tagged harbhajan singh, IPL, IPL 4, kieron pollard, Lasith Malinga, MI, Mumbai Indians, Munaf Patel, sachin tendulkar, World Cup. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.