Mumbai Indians: Season Preview

First up, watch my podcast to know my general views of the team as it came fresh out of the auction:

In the last 4 years, the Mumbai Indians have been one of the most consistent franchises in the tournament. They’ve fought hard to make it into the semifinals, and finally in 2013, they managed to pick up their first ever title. They followed that with an astounding show to win the Champions League as well, making them the most valuable franchise today. Hence, they will walk into IPL 2014 with their heads held higher than most teams. The big difference from MI’s previous years in the tournament, however, will be that Sachin Tendulkar will not be playing for them anymore. The veteran called it a day after his side won the tournament, and his absence will leave a large void in their lineup. However, they’ve done a decent job to fill it up, pulling in star players like Michael Hussey, Ben Dunk, and Corey Anderson. Therefore, it will be exciting to see how the defending champions fare in the 2014 IPL.

Author’s Choice XI (Based on more recent times):

Michael Hussey

Aditya Tare

Rohit Sharma (c)

Ambati Rayudu

Kieron Pollard

Corey Anderson

Shreyas Gopal

Harbhajan Singh

Zaheer Khan

Pragyan Ojha

Jasprit Bumrah