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IPL 2021 Mumbai Indians Preview: Third Time Unlucky?

Mumbai Indians Preview IPL 2021.

Let us make this quick. MI lift the trophy again. End of Preview.

Just kidding! But seriously, how good are they? Do not see too many changes, but a hattrick of IPL trophies is still a tough ask.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

Also Read: IPL 2021 Auctions Review, MI All-Time XI

IPL History

2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020 (Champions), 2011 (3rd), 2012, 2014 (4th)

How Did They Do Last Year?

1st. The same old story. Champions for a 5th time. Another wonderful campaign. Here are some of the highlights.

  • Suryakumar Yadav & Ishan Kishan storm into national spotlight after consistent performances. Add Quinton de Kock’s blazing starts & a certain Rohit Sharma and that was an enviable top order.
  • The better the finishers, the more consistent a T20 side. Finishing prowess of Kieron Pollard & Hardik Pandya justifies this claim.
  • James Pattinson, Jasprit Bumrah, & Trent Boult provided the firepower that the fast bowling bowling needed in sluggish UAE pitches.

Injury & COVID-19 News

No major injury or COVID-19 news for the Mumbai Indians as of yet, but cases in Mumbai are rising rapidly. The Road Safety Series in Mumbai has several former cricketers in quarantine. Fingers crossed, but keep checking your news if any local Mumbai players join the MI squad.

Complete Mumbai Indians Squad

Batsman: Rohit Sharma*, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh

WK: Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare

All-Rounders: Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Mohsin Khan

Fast Medium: Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Yudhvir Singh

Spinners: Rahul Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Jayant Yadav

Overseas: Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton de Kock (WK), Marco Jansen, James Neesham, Kieron Pollard, Adam Milne, Chris Lynn


Predicted MI XI

Rohit Sharma (C), 2. Quinton de Kock (WK)3. Ishan Kishan (WK), 4. Suryakumar Yadav, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Krunal Pandya, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Rahul Chahar, 9. Trent Boult,10. Jasprit Bumrah, 11. Adam Milne/ Nathan Coulter-Nile

How can an already dangerous line-up become even more dangerous? Instead of adding another foreign pace bowler, maybe Jimmy Neesham can slot in at #8. The Pollard-Pandyas-Neesham finishing line up can be quite something.

Watch Out For

  • Adam Milne, the New Zealand speedstar of 2015 World Cup fame, went missing for a couple of years due to injuries. He has slowly made a comeback in the New Zealand squad through the Big Bash, but can he light up the IPL?
  • With 11 games in Chennai-Delhi-Kolkata combined, spin will be very handy. Expect Rahul Chahar to be among the wickets. Since Krunal Pandya is more of a batting-allrounder, we may see a bit of Piyush Chawla and Jayant Yadav. Before the final that is.

Where Can Things Go Wrong For the Indians?

Mumbai play first 5 matches at Chennai. While familiarity can be a good thing, let us look at the opposition—strong RCB & Punjab sides and games against spin giants SRH (Rashid, Mujeeb, Nabi), DC (Ashwin, Axar, Amit Mishra), & KKR (Shakib, Varun, Harbhajan, Kuldeep, Pawan Negi).

I am betting against Mumbai Indians for their ‘home’ venues.

Venues & Fixtures


Chennai- 5, Delhi- 4, Bangalore- 3, Kolkata- 2


  • 9 April: MI vs RCB (Chennai)
  • 13 April: KKR vs MI (Chennai)
  • 17 April: MI vs SRH (Chennai)
  • 20 April: DC vs MI (Chennai)
  • 23 April: PBKS vs MI (Chennai)
  • 29 April: MI vs RR (Delhi)
  • 1 May: MI vs CSK (Delhi)
  • 4 May: SRH vs MI (Delhi)
  • 8 May: RR vs MI (Delhi)
  • 10 May: MI vs KKR (Bangalore)
  • 13 May: MI vs PBKS (Bangalore)
  • 16 May: CSK vs MI (Bangalore)
  • 20 May: RCB vs MI (Kolkata)
  • 23 May: MI vs DC (Kolkata)
  • 25 May: Qualifier 1 (Ahmedabad)
  • 26 May: Eliminator (Ahmedabad)
  • 28 May: Qualifier 2 (Ahmedabad)
  • 30 May: Final (Ahmedabad)


Mumbai Indians always seem to bounce back after rough campaign starts. Given the schedule in IPL 2021, I think if they lose 3 or more of the first five, I do not think they can bounce back.

For a change, I am going for a different IPL winner this time around. They will probably win again, but for the fun of it, I have them winning from the reverse order this time.

Most Runs Suryakumar Yadav
Most WicketsRahul Chahar
Emerging PlayerMarco Jansen
Surprise PackageJimmy Neesham
X FactorKieron Pollard, the leader
Broken Cricket DreamThird Time…Is Not the Charm. May not win this time

Also, Chris Lynn. Someone of his calibre might have to warm the benches two seasons in a row.
Mumbai Indians Preview Predictions

What do you think of the Mumbai Indians Preview? Your First XI? Will they make the IPL 2021 qualifiers?

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IPL Week 3 Recap: Diary

In IPL Week 3, there was Mankading drama, catching brilliance, finally some direct hits, and the brilliance of….none other than AB De Villiers. Oh yeah, and King Kohli is also back.

We recap IPL Week 3 via our Twitter dairy with #BCDoftheDay: Broken Cricket Dream of the Day.

In the first two weeks of IPL 2020, the tournament threw at us Tewatia’s brilliance, Pooran’s save of the century, and the young Indian talent. There were heartbreaks, Super Overs, and even a hit-wicket!

ALSO READ: Unity in Diversity XI and Fantasy Commentators XI

What Was Your Favorite Magic Moment?

We continue our IPL Diary with #BCDoftheDay – Part II – The Halfway Mark. We have several videos linked in the tweet, so you can watch the replay if you missed out.


Comment below your answer as well as your favorite moments of last week. Let us know what you think!

Enjoy the headlines!

Highlights – Week 3

Day 15 – IPL is where you get entertainment, drama, dancing,…,and even comedy!
Day 15 Game 2 – Sharjah is a joke – 227 vs 200 – why be a fast bowler?
Day 16 – Dropped Catches and Redemptions feat Manish Pandey

Day 16 Game 2 – Chris Jordan < Watson + Faf

Day 17 – To Mankad or Not to Mankad, that is the question

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Day 18 – Pollard’s new look trumps Buttler’s brilliance
Day 19 – The worst game of the IPL? Courtesy Choking Chennai Super Kings.

Day 20 – Finally, Finally a DIRECT HIT! It has taken 20 days.

Day 21 – Ashwin vs. Buttler and direct hits galore

Day 22 – King Kohli is back. CSK definitely are not.

Day 23 Game 1 – Tewatia Can Do No Wrong & Riyan Parag Can Dance!

Day 23 Game 2 – Stoinis Out, Delhi Capitals Out

Day 24 – Why AB? Why? WHY DID YOU RETIRE????

Sources: IPLT20.comTwitter

MI All-Time XI – An Odd Champion…

MI All-Time XI—we are finally to the end of the road.

They have won 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019 so definitely odd champions so far. Post 2010, Mumbai Indians have put faith in their stars like Pollard and Malinga while giving space for youngsters like Bumrah, Pandyas, and Ishan Kishan/Suryakumar Yadav.

This balance has reaped them rewards. Their consistency will probably make this All-Time XI a little predictable, but let us wait and watch.


The Catch

  • One of the biggest headaches for MI has been Rohit Sharma’s position. Opener or #4?
  • Both Rohit and Sachin saw several opening partners from Jayasuriya to Lendl Simmons even to Ricky Ponting briefly and now, Quinton De Kock. Do any of these make your list?
  • How low do you bat Pollard? Remind you of 2010?
  • The battle of the Mitches – Mitchell Johnson vs Mitch McClenaghan.

The Highlights

  • 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 (Champions), 2011 (3rd), 2012, 2014 (4th)

MY MI All-Time XI

  1. Rohit Sharma (2011-2019) – Captain
  2. Sachin Tendulkar (2008-2013)
  3. Dinesh Karthik (2012-2013) – WK
  4. Ambati Rayudu (2010-2017)
  5. Kieron Pollard (2010-2019)
  6. Hardik Pandya (2015-2019)
  7. Krunal Pandya (2015-2019)
  8. Harbhajan Singh (2008-2017)
  9. Lasith Malinga (2009-2019)
  10. Jasprit Bumrah (2013-2019)
  11. Mitch McClenaghan (2015-2019)

Honorable Mentions: Lendl Simmons (2014-2017), Dwayne Smith (2008-2013), Quinton de Kock (2019), Suryakumar Yadav (2012-2019)

SURPRISE! Only 3 foreign players in my 11. Now your turn.

Audience Poll – MI All-Time XI

  • Pick 11 players from the list – with 4 foreign players maximum.
  • You need to have a wicketkeeper and at least 5 bowling options.

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For more such articles, view the other All-Time XIs: CSK, RCB, SRH, KXIP/DC, RR/KKR.

Sources: Cricinfo StatsCricinfo IPL All-Time XI

Image Courtesy: Lasith Malinga – Gershon Jonish / CC BY-SA 4.0; Dee03 / CC BY-SA 3.0; Harrias / CC BY-SA 3.0; Sachin Tendulkar (cropped) – XFLRG6174 / CC BY-SA 4.0; Quinton de KockNAPARAZZI / CC BY-SA 2.0