Mumbai Indians Predicted Playing XI: CrickeX presents before you CSK playing XI for IPL 2019.
The first franchise to win three IPL (Indian Premier League) titles, Mumbai Indians had an underwhelming 2018 season of the tournament as they finished at No. 5 (six wins in 14 matches) in the points table.
Under the captaincy of India vice-captain in limited-over formats Rohit Sharma, the franchise will be chasing history in terms of vying to become the first team to win four IPL titles. Indians still have a chance to do rounds in IPL 2019 news by trading a player with any other franchise but that seems highly unlikely.
In December, Mumbai Indians came out from the auction with one of the most sorted line-ups, giving the impression of covering most bases. From buying veteran India batsman Yuvraj Singh to buying a 17-year old Jammu & Kashmir all-rounder in Rasik Salam, MI appeared to be open with their purchases.
Mumbai Indians Full Squad for IPL 2019
The team management’s decision to send in a novel opening pair of Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis reaped fruits for the team last season. Having said that, Mumbai buying South Africa wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock might force them to tinker with their opening duo.
There is a strong possibility of Indians sending in Lewis and de Kock at the top of the order with Suryakumar Yadav taking care of the No. 3 position. Sharma, one of the best opening batsmen in shorter formats, should ideally be opening the batting but it is a decision which he seems to have taken for the best interests of the team.
One doesn’t expect Mumbai Indians to make much changes to their middle-order. With Sharma at No. 4, he has it in him to play both the roles of building an innings or going against the bowlers from the word go, depending on the situation.
Other than Sharma, the Pandya brothers will also be seen batting in the middle-order. Given that Krunal is a southpaw, he adds variety to their middle-order. Given how both the Pandyas bat, T20 seems to be their top hunting ground.
In the middle-order, MI have relied on the services of Kieron Pollard for almost a decade now. While the 31-year old all-rounder had performed the role well for a lot of years, he hasn’t been scoring up to the mark in the last two season. With him also not bowling that much these days, Mumbai might just look to start the season with Ben Cutting.
In fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, MI have arguably the best contemporary death bowler. In 61 IPL matches, Bumrah has dismissed 63 batsmen at an average of 28.20, an economy rate of 7.79 and a strike rate of 21.71. It would not be wrong to say that the 25-year old cricketer will lead the Indians’ bowling line-up.
Having made his IPL debut last season, leg-spinner Mayank Markande ended the reason as a revelation. The 21-year old cricketer should once again start as the leading spinner ahead of all the other available options.
Among the other two bowlers, Mumbai Indians should look to play two left-arm seamers in Mitchell McClenaghan and Barinder Sran. One of the major reasons behind the same is that it will add variety to their attack which already comprises of three right-arm fast bowlers in Bumrah, Cutting and Hardik Pandya.
Depending on the situation and the form of the players, Mumbai also have the cushion of rotating their overseas fast bowlers for they have three (Lasith Malinga, Adam Milne and Jason Behrendorff) of them in reserves.
Mumbai Indians Predicted Playing XI for IPL 2019
1) Quinton de Kock (wk) 2) Evin Lewis 3) Suryakumar Yadav 4) Rohit Sharma (c) 5) Krunal Pandya 6) Hardik Pandya 7) Ben Cutting 8) Mitchell McClenaghan 9) Mayank Markande 10) Barinder Sran 11) Jasprit Bumrah