Mumbai’s Performance in Indian T20 League
Expected Playing XI
Rohit Sharma ©, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Thilak Verma, Dewald Brevis, Tim David, Cameron Green, Hrithik Shokeen, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal, Jofra Archer
Players to watch out for
Jorfra Archer – The pacer played for Rajasthan in the past in the tournament and was so effective that he won the Most Valuable Player award in the 2020 season despite his team finishing last. However, it is to be seen how valuable he is post his return from injury. On juicy South African pitches, Archer had a mixed SA T20 League.
Suryakumar Yadav – Surya spent much of the last Indian T20 League on the bench but made an impact when he got the chance in the second half. But his career really took off in the following months and currently he’s easily the most intimidating batter to bowl to for any bowler in the shortest format. Since the last Indian T20 League, Surya has scored three centuries for Team India.
Tim David – The Western Australian import has set the stage ablaze in different leagues around the world with his big-hitting and would be the perfect choice to fill the huge boots of Kieron Pollard in the middle order for Mumbai. He showed what he is capable of towards the later part of the Indian T20 League last year and Mumbai fans would hope for more of that this year too.
Mumbai Team Schedule for Indian T20 league 2023
Squad Analysis of Mumbai
Mumbai brought Jofra Archer in the mega auction of 2022 to pair him up with Jasprit Bumrah and make what could be the most lethal bowling attack in the tournament. That dream however was not realised in 2022 as Archer couldn’t participate in the tournament because of injury. In 2023, while Archer has regained fitness and is ready to don the Mumbai colors for the first time, Bumrah has been ruled out of the tournament. That means a lot of the bowling load will be on the fragile shoulders of Archer.
Mumbai, who won the tournament back to back in 2019 and 2020 will have a big task ahead of them in 2023 and their squad doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence. However, Mark Boucher being brought on as the new Head Coach after last season’s dismal performance shows that the management is going to pull all stops to orchestrate a turnaround for the team in 2023.
Strengths – The batting order of Mumbai looks extremely strong with three big Indian names manning the top-order in the form of Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav. With Kieron Pollard hanging up his boots after an indifferent season last year, the lower middle order could be manned by three supremely talented big hitters in the form of Dewald Brevis, Tim David and Cameron Green. If one of them doesn’t get going, they’ll turn to an equally talented Tristan Stubbs. Connecting that star studded top-order and lower middle order will be the find of last season – Thillak Verma. The youngster was the sole bright spot in Mumbai’s woeful season in 2022.
Weaknesses – The travails around the Bumrah-Archer combination aside, the Mumbai bowling attack looks one of the weakest on paper. To make matters worse, even Australian pacer Jhye Richardson has been ruled out. To add some experience to their bowling, the franchise bought leggie Piyush Chawla but he himself hasn’t played much in the past two seasons. The huge difference in their bowling and batting department shouldn’t take our attention off the fact that Mumbai had a fairly similar batting lineup in 2022 as well, but barring Suryakumar Yadav none of the established names turned up. It will be very important for the team’s chances that these reputed batters turn in performances that match their reputation.
Mumbai Team in Indian T20 League 2023
Mumbai’s journey in the first five editions of the Indian T20 League was forgettable to say the least. They struggled despite having some of the best players in their side, including master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Their fortunes changed in 2013 when Rohit Sharma was handed over the captaincy of the time in the middle of the season as captain Ricky Ponting failed to keep the runs flowing from his bat. Not only did they win the 2013 edition but went on to collect four more titles in the next seven editions. That’s how the team has become a proper Indian T20 League powerhouse and one that always begins the tournament as favorites.
In 2023 the equation will be slightly different though. Despite their 5 titles, their last two seasons haven’t gone according to plan. While in 2021 they failed to make the playoffs on the basis of run-rate, in 2022 they finished last with only four wins in the entire tournament. The team had a lot of tough decisions to make at the auction table and the news of ace bowler Jasprit Bumrah being unfit has only pushed the team on the backfoot further. However, in the last year’s Indian T20 League, few youngsters like Thilak Varma and Dewald Brevis showed immense potential and if they turn up and support the likes of Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, Mumbai can still be a strong force to reckon with. Besides, this season will see Jofra Archer also turn up for Mumbai.
Mumbai stats in the Indian T20 League
- Mumbai is the most successful team in the league on the account of winning 5 titles between 2013 and 2020.
- With 227 Indian T20 League matches, Rohit Sharma of Mumbai sits on the third position in the list of most Indian T20 League matches played.
- Sharma is also one of the four men with more than 100 Indian T20 League matches under his belt as captain.
- No bowler has taken more wickets for a single team in the league than Lasith Malinga who took 170 wickets in the 10 years he represented Mumbai.
- Two of Mumbai’s top order batters – Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav – share 7 T20I centuries amongst them. Sharma has scored 4 centuries for India while Surya has scored 3 for India.