MI Playing 11: The Mumbai Indians are just nine days away from starting their title defence. The five-time champions will be taking on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on April 9.
MI are once again being regarded as the tournament favorites, and could very well claim their third title in succession. Mumbai do have an abundance of star-studded quality in their locker, and this is how their strongest playing 11 could shape up as.
Quinton de Kock
Nathan Coulter Nile
Talking about last season, the Mumbai Indians finished at the top spot in league table with 18 points to their names, courtesy nine wins and five defeats. They comprehensively beat the Delhi Capitals by five wickets in the finals and ensured their dominance in the tournament. Although, other teams have strengthened by bringing in new players, the Mumbai Indians are expected to be a tough cookie to crack considering the depth in quality the Champions have.
Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar.
Each team will contest in four venues during the league fixtures. From the 56 league games, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru will host 10 matches each, while, Ahmedabad and Delhi will host eight each. One of the interesting takes here is that all matches will take place at neutral venues, and no team will play at their home ground.