Defending champions Mumbai Indians team go into IPL 2018 keeping their core intact. Having retained Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah they used their right to match card to retain Krunal Pandya making him their highest buy at 8.8 crores. Looking to defend their title, the Mumbai side will have their task cut out for them this season after all teams have strengthened immensely.
Left with 47 crores after retaining three players, the Mumbai Indians team managed to get in 22 players for 46.35 crores. They managed to rope in some world class batsman and pacers into their side while keeping their old unit together. This is going to be a big positive for the side going into IPL 2018 with players already familiar with each other and their skill set. While other teams are busy bonding with each other and the players getting to know their teams better, the main unit of Rohit Sharma, Pandya. Pollard, Bumrah and Tiwary have been busy sweating it out at training and chalking our strategies for the upcoming season. The pace battery of Pat Cummins, Rahman and McClenaghan are surely going to send chills down the spine of teams when they face Mumbai.
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The reliance on players like Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Duminy and Hardik Pandya in the batting department leaves Mumbai Indians strong in the batting department as well. Veterans of the T20 format fill up the batting unit with all players having proved their class time and time again in the IPL and familiar with Indian conditions. A drawback for the Mumbai side though is their shortage in the spinning and wicket-keeping department. According to us that could be a big con for the side and could end up being the vital missing link in this year’s quest to defend their title.
Mumbai Indians team Complete squad
Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Pat Cummins, Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ben Cutting, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar, Pradeep Sangwan, Jason Behrendorff, Jean-Paul Duminy, Saurabh Tiwary, Tajinder Dhillon, Akila Dhananjaya, Nidheesh M D Dinesan, Aditya Tare, Siddhesh Dinesh Lad, Mayank Markande, Sharad Lumba, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan