Mumbai Indians would need to take these 3 strategic decisions in order to retain the trophy in IPL 2020.
Having previously won the title in 2013, 2015, 2017, Mumbai Indians continued the tradition of winning the trophy every alternate year after their fourth title in IPL 2019.
So, as the tradition goes, does it mean we should consider IPL 2020 as Mumbai Indians’ rest year? Well, that would be naive of us to think in that way.
Led by the talented, Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians would want to break this tradition by retaining the trophy in IPL 2020. For that, let’s look at the 3 strategic decisions that Mumbai Indians need to take to win IPL 2020.
MUMBAI INDIANS SQUAD AHEAD OF IPL 2020 AUCTION:
Batsmen: Anmolpreet Singh, Aditya Tare, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Siddhesh Lad, and Suryakumar Yadav
All-rounders: Ben Cutting, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Pankaj Jaiswal, and Sherfane Rutherford
Bowlers: Anukul Roy, Barinder Sran, Beuran Hendricks, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McCleneghan, and Rahul Chahar
#3: Release Beuran Hendricks and Mitchell McClenaghan
Mumbai Indians began their IPL 2020 campaign by swapping Mayank Markhande with Sherfane Rutherford. It was a good move to release Markhande considering they have Rahul Chahar, but bringing in Sherfane Rutherford increases their overseas players’ burden.
MI now have 9 overseas players with 4 being pacers in the form of Beuran Hendricks, Jason Behrendorff, Lasith Malinga, and Mitchell McClenaghan. This is an overkill considering Mumbai Indians would not play more than 2 overseas pacers in any match.
Considering Lasith Malinga and Jason Behrendorff complement each other, Mumbai Indians should release Beuran Hendricks and Mitchell McClenaghan, and Instead look to buy a quality Indian pacer in the squad.
#2: Release Evin Lewis | Price: INR 3.8 Cr.
Mumbai Indians had a successful opening pair in IPL 2019 in the form of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock. The pair made such an impact that they had to play their IPL 2018’s best opener, Suryakumar Yadav in the middle-order.
While this is a happy headache, it also questions the role of Evin Lewis in the team. The West Indian hasn’t had the bests of the year playing for West Indies or CPL 2019, and he might once again find himself on the sidelines for IPL 2020.
Considering, Mumbai Indians have a surplus of overseas players in their line-up, if not two overseas pacers, Mumbai Indians should look to release one of them along with Evin Lewis to overcome their main weakness; their middle-order.
#1: Buy A Solid Middle-order Batsman
In IPL 2019, Mumbai Indians’ major weakness was their middle-order. However, it wasn’t exposed too much considering Hardik Pandya filled that void with his brilliant batting.
With the absence of Yuvraj Singh, the middle-order now looks even thinner as they have only Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan as specialist middle-order batsmen.
While Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, and Kieron Pollard do play the dual role of middle-order batsman and finisher, Mumbai Indians would want to remove the dependency by buying a specialist experienced middle-order batsman.
So, these are the key strategic decisions Mumbai Indians (MI) need to take to win IPL 2020.
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