IPL 2019 prediction: Mumbai Indians have had a strong team in all IPL tournaments but somehow they failed to clinch the trophy. But everything changed after Rohit Sharma took over the reins and since then they have lifted the cup thrice in five years.
The franchise has the game’s stalwarts in their support staff and hence a lot is expected from the team. Mumbai features a strong squad arguably one of the best in the tournament but the question is can they weave the magic together and emerge as a one strong unit?
The 2019 IPL will test Rohit Sharma’s ability to bounce back and his man management skills.
Mumbai Indians: Strengths
The balanced and explosive squad is Mumbai’s biggest strength and this year they have added more power in their arsenal.
The likes of Rohit, Pandya brothers, Cutting and Pollard have plenty of experience of T20 cricket and their batting can win the franchise games single-handedly. At the same time Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are highly promising talents. And now the team has added de Kock and Yuvraj to the squad which makes them even more strong and powerful.
However the key for Mumbai will be to strike the perfect balance in the batting order and ensure they have men for all situations.
Meanwhile Malinga is back in the team and he can form a sensational collaboration with Jasprit Bumrah to emerge as a maverick death bowling duo.
Mumbai Indians: Weakness
The problem for Mumbai has remained the same throughout the years- The inability to rise to the occasion despite being strong unit. The fitness of Hardik Pandya can be a issue while Pollard has had some average performances in the recent seasons.
The spin department is a massive concern as except for Krunal there isn’t much experience in the squad. On spinning tracks Mumbai may find it difficult to have two frontline spinners who can tie the opposition.
Mumbai Indians: IPL 2019 Prediction
Courtesy of the strong squad, Mumbai Indians should reach the play-offs but for this they need to start strongly and get their team combinations right. If qualified for the play-offs, they have the players who can handle the big match pressure and hence Mumbai are strong contenders for the IPL title this year.