Mumbai Indians, one of the most-successful franchises of the Indian Premier League would eye defending their title when they face-off the team of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who look to make a strong comeback after a two-year hiatus.
The three-times champions Mumbai Indians would be taking on CSK in Wankhede Stadium on 7 April as all the cricket fanatics brace for the 11th edition of the IPL.
The squad of Mumbai looks balanced and the team would heavily rely on their core team which mainly revolves around Rohit Sharma, Hardik and Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Kieron Pollard.
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As the ‘Paltan’ looks forward to making a glinting start, we bring to you the 5 best picks from the squad that can make your fantasy team shine:
Rohit Sharma aims to continue his fine form in the IPL. He has remained one of the mainstays for the team over the years and has exhibited a vibrant brand of cricket with his match-winning knocks.
Rohit Sharma is the third highest run-scorer of the tournament with 4207 runs with a strike rate of 130.9 and an average of 32.61.
Apart from being an explosive batsman, he is an astute leader too. So, having Rohit Sharma in your Dream 11 team would certainly boost up your chances of winning.
Jasprit Bumrah was also retained by the MI franchise ahead of the IPL. The right-arm bowler played a pivotal role for the team in 2017 in clinching their third title as he claimed 20 wickets in the tournament- the most by any Mumbai Indians bowler.
His ability to bowl in death overs and his capability to spell accurate yorkers is expected to get even better under the guidance of Lasith Malinga this year. Thus, Jasprit Bumrah would play a key role if MI are to go deep in the tournament.
Jasprit Bumrah has taken 46 wickets in 47 matches at an average of 30.48 and an economy rate of 8.1.
Hardik Pandya would be a key all-rounder for Mumbai Indians. His ability as a right-handed batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler might turn the game in their favour. Hardik Pandya has amassed 406 runs in 37 matches at a strike rate of 142.46 and has taken 10 scalps at an economy rate of 9.08.
The new-recruit Evin Lewis would strive to earn a name for himself in his maiden IPL tournament. With two International T20 hundred to his name, Lewis has made his batting potentials evident. Mumbai Indians have roped in the Trinidadian’s marauding talent to bring strength to their starting order and he might make big strides this season.
Kieron Pollard might not be the among the top run-scorers or top wicket-takers of the tournament, but his scintillating contributions to the IPL over the years can’t be overlooked.
He has made some valiant cameos for Mumbai Indians in the middle order and proved his prowess with the ball as well.
He has scored 2343 runs in 123 matches at a strike rate of 146.53 and taken 56 wickets with an economy of 8.86
He has also been the mainstay of Mumbai for past eight seasons, so Kieron Pollard is certainly one of the right choices for your fantasy team.