Captain: Rohit Sharma
Coach: Mahela Jayawardene
Home ground: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
IPL titles: 5 (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020)
Owners: India win Sports Private Limited (owned by Reliance Industries Ltd)
The Mumbai Indians, one of the most well-known teams in the event, are currently the most successful, having won five titles. The Ambani family bought the franchise for Rs 487 crore (US$112 million) in 2008, making it the league’s most expensive team.
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Mumbai’s star-studded line-up, which includes Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya, initially created a name for themselves in 2010, when they came in second place. They bolstered their core over the next two years by signing Rohit Sharma, Zaheer Khan, and Kieron Pollard.
In 2013, Sharma was named captain, and Jasprit Bumrah made his debut. They won all of their home games at the Wankhede, tied for first place with the Chennai Super Kings on points, and then defeated them to win their first trophy, giving Tendulkar a fairy-tale ending to his IPL career.
Mumbai is always among the favourites when Sharma, Bumrah, Malinga, and Pollard provide a solid foundation. Prior to their 2020 victory, they appeared to prefer winning solely in odd-numbered years.
Mumbai’s greatest four seasons were from 2017 to 2020, when Sharma established himself as one of the best Indian T20 leaders on the circuit. They were once recognised as a team that waited too long to qualify, but over the course of four years, they led the table and won three times, making them the most successful IPL team.
The lowest points
In the first two seasons, Mumbai failed to impress, notably when they finished seventh in 2009. More recently, it was claimed that they were overly reliant on their core in 2016 and 2018 – when they failed to qualify for the playoffs – and that they failed to finish off numerous nail-biters.
Season by season from
2008 until the present
Tendulkar missed the start of the competition due to a groyne ailment and was replaced as captain by Harbhajan Singh, who was later banned for slapping Kings XI Punjab’s Sreesanth. Mumbai lost their first four games, which contributed to their failure to advance to the semi-finals. 2007 was the seventh year.
For the season, the competition was relocated to South Africa. Shaun Pollock left the game to become the franchise’s head coach after retiring as a player. Malinga made his IPL debut, however, the squad over-relied on him and a few other big names, including Sachin Tendulkar and JP Duminy, and only managed five victories out of 14 games.
Runners-up in 2010
The team’s reliance on Tendulkar for runs persisted, but it was their bowlers’ efforts that propelled Mumbai to the top of the points table. Malinga, Singh, Khan, and newcomer Pollard combined for 62 wickets. Still, they couldn’t beat the Super Kings in the final. century, while Malinga (the purple cap holder) and Munaf Patel each took 50 wickets, they fell short in the qualification final against Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Chris Gayle.
2011 was the third year.
Tendulkar, Singh, Pollard, and Malinga were retained by Mumbai, while Sharma was purchased at auction. Tendulkar’s only T20 goal
2012 was the fourth year.
Tendulkar resigned as captain two days before the season began, and he later suffered a finger injury. In his absence, Mumbai struggled to find a steady starting combination, and Mitchell Johnson’s absence for the season further added to their woes. They were undone in the eliminator against CSK under Singh and ended third on the table.
champions in 2013
Ricky Ponting took over as captain while Anil Kumble and John Wright took over as coaches. Bumrah made his first appearance. Midway through the season, Ponting retired, but Mumbai won the title owing to Pollard’s blitzkrieg in the final, led by Sharma, their best scorer at the time. Tendulkar then declared his retirement from the IPL.
2014 is the fourth year.
A season marked by inconsistency, which began with five straight losses in the first leg in the United Arab Emirates. Before the penultimate league game, Mumbai was fifth in the table after chasing down 190 in 14.4 overs against the Rajasthan Royals, which included a thrilling six from Aditya Tare. They qualified for the playoffs as a result, however in the eliminator, they were defeated by the Super Kings by seven wickets.
champions in 2015
Another bad start – four straight losses – but this time with a different outcome. Malinga, Lendl Simmons, and Mitchell McClenaghan spearheaded the charge, with Mumbai winning nine of their final ten games.
They won their second title with a convincing victory over the Super Kings in the final.
Mumbai bought high-profile players like Tim Southee and Jos Buttler in 2016, but they failed to live up to expectations. In a disappointing season, they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2009, losing their final league game.
Champions in 2017
Mahela Jayawardene, the 2017 winner, takes over as coach. With their power-hitting and death bowling, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah proved their worth. Mumbai also scored their best IPL total (223 versus Kings XI), and after ten wins in the season, they defeated Rising Pune Supergiant in the final on the last ball.
Champions in 2018
Malinga joined the coaching team as a bowling mentor in 2018. Suryakumar Yadav, who had been with Mumbai for six seasons, was promoted to the opening position and scored over 500 runs. Mayank Markande, a leg spinner, made an outstanding debut. But, in the end, Mumbai paid a high price for losing so many close matches.
champions in 2019
Sharma scored over 400 runs in the first match of the 50-over World Cup. Quinton de Kock scored 529 points. Alzarri Joseph has the best stats in the IPL with 6 for 12 wickets. Bumrah and Malinga (who surprised everyone by returning as a player) combined for 35 wickets. Mumbai beat the Super Kings by one run to win their fourth title in a row.
champions in 2020
By far the most dominant team of the season was Mumbai. Despite Sharma missing a few games due to a hamstring ailment, Mumbai won their fifth title. They only lost five games, two of which were ties. The performances of inexperienced batters Yadav and Ishan Kishan, as well as Trent Boult with the new ball, were highlights.
Players who are important
The first icon player in the franchise. Tendulkar’s offensive game adapted to the T20 format, and he was the leading scorer for Mumbai on multiple occasions before his retirement, accumulating 2334 runs at an average of over 35 in the tournament.
With 170 wickets, Lasith Malinga is Mumbai’s most important bowler and the IPL’s highest wicket-taker. Apart from being extremely frugal, particularly in the death overs, Malinga has handed Mumbai several vital wickets and converted crucial moments in big matches in their favour, the most memorable of which was the last-ball wicket in 2019 final.
Rohit Sharma is an Indian cricketer.
After Tendulkar, he is Mumbai’s most valued batsman and unquestionably their best captain, having won a record five titles. His experience as an opener for India from 2013 onwards served Mumbai well, while he has also batted in the middle order. His propensity to score huge runs helps Mumbai win matches when the rest of the team anchors around him.
Pollard, the team’s second-highest run-scorer and one of their top wicket-takers, is at his best in important games, frequently winning matches on his own. With his aggressive batting in the middle order, he has frequently surprised opponents.
Bumrah rapidly established himself as a key bowler for the team, with Malinga, his mentor, teaching him how to bowl accurate yorkers. Bumrah, one of Mumbai’s top wicket-takers, has been crucial in the opening and closing overs, especially while defending small totals.