Mumbai Indians IPL 6 – Team Preview
Mumbai Indians team one of the most expensive franchises in the IPL owned by India’s most wealthiest person in Mukesh Ambani. Mumbai Indians team does not have a shortage of talent which has none other than Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar in their ranks.
Mumbai Indians saga in IPL is mixed. Their last 3 results are like these; 2010 – Runners-up, 2011 – 3rd, 2012 – 4th. But they beat Team RCB in 2011 to win the Champions League.
This year Mumbai Indian as always had their say in 2013 auction, not only they brought in good players to the team but also ensured the support staff was also world class. Just look at the additions they made, they brought in some well known Australians in Glen Maxwell for $1 Million, little known Nathan Coulter-Nile for $450,000 & finally Ricky Ponting who went for his base price $400,000. They also roped Anil Kumble as their team mentor and John Wright as their coach.
Anil Kumble and John Wright both bring enormous experience not only as mentor and as a coach but as a player as well. Both have played top flight games for their respective country. Anil Kumble in the past has successfully led Royal Challengers Bangalore without luck. He was also RCB’s mentor last couple of seasons.
In John Wright, Mumbai Indians have found a man who understands the game pretty well and who is a shrewd tactician. Indian team under him not only won at home but also won away while touring. He along with Sourav Ganguly laid the foundation for the new phase of team India in the early 2000’s.
There is proper strategy at place this time around from Mumbai Indians, clearly there are individuals other than players who bring a lot more to the table off the field who can help Mumbai Indians win their maiden IPL trophy. Anil Kumble and John Wright are themselves big names and then throw in Robin Singh and Jonty Rhodes into the frame then Mumbai Indians have a world class support staff at hand.
It all depends on the trio of Ricky Ponting, Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar in terms of how well they gel and what is that they offer to the team on the field and off the field as well. Ricky Ponting clearly looks like a renewed man after his retirement from international cricket.
Key players: Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard.
Players dropped: Clint McKay, Richard Levi, Thisara Perera, Davy Jacobs, Sujit Nayak, Jaydev Shah, Herschelle Gibbs.
Players bought: Ricky Ponting ($400,000), Phillip Hughes ($100,000), Glenn Maxwell ($1 million), Nathan Coulter-Nile ($450,000), Jacob Oram ($50,000).
Domestic Players to watch out for: Ambatti Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Abu Nechin, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik & Harbhajan Singh.
With Ricky Ponting leading the side and Tendulkar relieved of captaincy will make him a better player for sure. But, it depends on how Glen Maxwell performs in IPL 6 who will be a major factor as he is a good all-rounder and if the likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile gets playing time alongside Lasith Malinga then Mumbai Indians bowling attack look even more potent.
There are some major changes indeed but will those changes help Mumbai Indians to the glory is to be seen. Make sure you catch the action live from April 4th when they kick start their campaign in Bangalore against Royal Challengers Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy stadium.