Who makes it into the greatest MI XI?
The Mumbai-based franchise have been the best team in the history of the Indian Premier League. Till date, they have won 5 titles, including back-to-back successes in the last two seasons. 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020 all ended with Rohit Sharma lifting the coveted trophy. As a result, it makes it difficult to pick an all-time Mumbai Indians XI, as there is a lot of competition for places in the team.
In this article, we have attempted to create our best XI, using a combination of statistics, eye-tests and looking at their impact in key moments.
So, who makes our team?
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar was the fastest Indian to 2000 IPL runs, until overtaken recently by KL Rahul. He was the symbol for the Mumbai Indians in the first few years and carried the teams batting in 2010 and 2011. In these two years, Sachin scored 618 and 553 runs respectively at a batting average of 48 and 43.
2. Lendl Simmons
Despite only playing for a couple of years, Lendl Simmons makes it into this team due to his impact and his sheer weight of numbers.
In 2014, he combined with both Parthiv Patel and Mike Hussey to help the Mumbai Indians reach the play-offs from a seemingly impossible scenario. Simmons scored nearly 400 runs at a batting average of 57 and at a strike rate of 135.
In 2015, he elevated himself to a different level and formed the cornerstone of the Mumbai Indians’ IPL triumph. Simmons scored 540 runs at a batting average of 45. This time the strike rate was only 122. However, he made sure that he batted consistently throughout and capped it off with a half-century in the final against CSK.
3. Ambati Rayudu (WK)
Ambati Rayudu played a very long time for the Mumbai Indians before heading off to the Chennai Super Kings. He is perhaps less talked about because his best season by some distance came for CSK.
However, Rayudu was very consistent for the Mumbai Indians from 2010 to 2016. Overall, Rayudu has scored 3659 IPL runs at a batting average of 30 and at a strike rate of 126.
Rayudu will also be the wicket-keeper in the team.
4. Rohit Sharma (C)
The captain of the all-time best Mumbai Indians XI. Rohi Sharma is the most successful captain in the history of the IPL (Indian Premier League) with five titles and a win percentage of 58.65%, while leading the franchise.
“Hitman.” has scored 5230 runs in the IPL at a batting average of 31.31 and at a strike rate of 131.
He has been very consistent and has shown the ability to bat wherever the team needs him. He has opened with Jos Buttler, Parthiv Patel, Lendl Simmons and Quinton De Kock before, but has also batted in the middle-order.
His pull shot is perhaps his best shot and he plays this effortlessly off the fast bowler. Plus, his captaincy has been superb, leading the Mumbai Indians to five IPL triumphs.
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5. Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya has proven to be one of the most important assets in the Mumbai Indians team in recent times. In fact, since 2017 he has been one of their most consistent performers. In 2018, he picked up 18 wickets and scored 260 runs.
In 2019, he took his game to a different level and began to emerge as a dangerous finisher in the death overs. He scored 402 runs at a strike rate of 191 in 2019 and also picked up 14 wickets. He formed a deadly duo with Kieron Pollard with the bat.
Similar was to follow in 2020. Despite a slow start to the season, he helped the Mumbai Indians cruise to their fifth IPL title, with marauding lower-order batting.
6. Kieron Pollard
Perhaps the best Mumbai Indians batsman of all-time in terms of the impact that he has had on the franchise. Kieron Pollard has played the most number of games for MI. In 150 games, Pollard has scored 3023 runs at a batting average of 30 and at a strike rate of 150 and as a result easily makes it into the all-time Mumbai Indians XI.
His best seasons with the bat have coincided with the Mumbai Indians winning the title. In 2013 and 2015 he scored 420 and 419 runs respectively. His strike rates in these years were 150 and 164.
In 2017, he again scored nearly 400 runs at a strike rate of just below 140. Pollard has the ability to play according to the situation with the bat and is an awesome finisher in close games. More importantly, he has delivered in big games, notably in finals against the Chennai Super Kings.
7. Krunal Pandya
Krunal Pandya has not always made significant contributions like his brother Hardik for the Mumbai Indians. However, he has stepped up to the mark when required and has the ability, should the team need it. The 47 that he scored in the 2017 IPL final is his best contribution to date because it helped the franchise win a low-scoring thriller by just one run against the Rising Pune Supergiants.
With the ball, he has been economical – not conceding more than 7.57 runs an over in any of the IPL seasons that he has featured in.
8. Harbhajan Singh
The best spin bowler that the Mumbai Indians have ever had, Harbhajan Singh has been a stalwart for the franchise – albeit for not as long as others. He was instrumental in their 2013, 2015 and 2017 IPL wins and then moved on to CSK to register his fourth trophy in 2018.
The off-spinner has the ability to bowl in the powerplay and in the middle-overs. This is because he is very smart with his line and lengths. Overall, in 160 matches, Bhaji has picked up 150 wickets at a bowling average of 26.44 and at an economy rate of 7.05.
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9. Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga is the best bowler in the history of the Indian Premier League. His slingy action, combined with his ability to bowl yorkers at will, has resulted in him being a deadly asset for the Mumbai Indians.
170 wickets in 122 matches at a bowling average of 19.80 is quite simply superb. However, his economy rate is even more staggering. He has only conceded 7.14 runs per throughout his IPL career, despite bowling in the powerplay and at the death.
An easy pick in the all-time Mumbai Indians XI.
10. Mitchell McClenaghan
Mitchell Johnson may have had a superb campaign in 2013 but McClenaghan edges him out due to his consistency over four seasons. He picked up 18 and 19 wickets in 2015 and 2017 respectively to help the Mumbai Indians win the title in both seasons.
The left-arm seamer hustles in and pounds through the crease, bringing both energy and pace to the equation. Plus, his natural angle provides variety to the bowling attack.
11. Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah is currently the best fast bowler in the IPL. Despite a mediocre start to his career, he has rocketed in stature since 2016. Since the start of the 2016 season, Bumrah has picked up 15, 20, 17, 19 and 27 wickets respectively in the next five campaigns. The Mumbai Indians have won three of those.
Learning from Malinga has been a great benefit to Jasprit Bumrah and his death-bowling skills are now second-to-none in world cricket. He can bowl yorkers, bouncers and has a fantastic slower ball.
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