Mumbai Indians make one of the best sides in the IPL. Their arsenal is equipped with a fine lot of T20 players. Despite this, the defending champions have struggled in IPL 2018. With a win against KXIP on Friday, Mumbai Indians stay alive in IPL 2018. Mumbai Indians need to win every game from here on to qualify to the playoffs. Can they repeat history?
Mumbai Indians: The Slow Starters
It’s been the typical Mumbai Indians trend so far. In almost every edition of the IPL, they’ve peaked only in the later half. Mumbai Indians make the most successful team in the tournament with 3 titles. The Mumbai Indians emerged as the champions in 2013, 2015 and 2017. If Mumbai Indians stay alive in IPL 2018, other teams would surely be dreaded of this lethal side.
Almost every time they have struggled in the initial stages of the tournament. In the later half they’ve been at their best and have bounced back emphatically. This season too they would want to repeat history. It’s important that Mumbai Indians stay alive in IPL 2018 for that makes the tournament even more interesting.
The win against KXIP was clinical by all means. It was reminiscent of how Mumbai Indians have always bounced back in the second half. It would be no surprise if they make it to the playoff from here and even lift the title. They might be in a difficult spot but that’s when they are at their best. If Mumbai Indians stay alive in IPL 2018 and make it to the playoffs, they would be the favourites to lift the trophy.
Mumbai Indians Have a Perfect Team Balance
They have what it takes to stay alive in the tournament. They’ve got a perfect team balance which is just incredible. Their bowling options have a lot of depth and so their batting. Some amazing all-rounders like Hardik Pandya, JP Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting and Pollard. This gives them a great edge over other teams and this is where they are a lethal T20 side. Now where does Mumbai’s campaign go from here is something everyone would closely follow.
Rohit needs to lead from the front
Mumbai Indians stay alive in IPL 2018 only if their skipper leads from the front. Rohit Sharma’s form has been patchy in the tournament so far. He’s the key player and the player with the highest impact value . For the Mumbai Indians to advance to the next stage, Rohit Sharma has to lead from the front. He’s one of the best limited overs batsmen in the world. But he’s not lived up to that repute. For the Mumbai Indians to be at their best, Rohit Sharma needs to be at his best.
Sixer King Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma has become the first Asian player to hit most sixes in T20 cricket. In T20 cricket, Rohit Sharma has hit 300 sixes.
Not just the first Indian, he is the first player from Asia to achieve this feat. And he also has the second-most sixes in #VivoIPL history!
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 4, 2018
Team India’s captain Virat Kohli and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni are also behind Rohit Sharma in this case. With this, Rohit has also become the second player in the history of IPL after Gayle, who hit the most six.
Gayle has 290 sixes in his name in the IPL which is also the highet by any player in IPL History. While Rohit Sharma has 183 sixes in his name. Dhoni has hit 180 sixes so far and Kohli has 171 sixes in his name.