Mumbai Indians IPL 2019 Team Preview

Head coach: Mahela Jayawardene

Captain: Rohit Sharma

Previous finishes

2018: 5th
2017: Winners
2016: 5th
2015: Winners
2014: 4th
2013: Winners
2012: 4th
2011: 3rd
2010: 2nd
2009: 7th
2008: 5th

2019 Roster

Local players: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Pankaj Jaswal, Rasikh Dar, Yuvraj Singh, Jayant Yadav

Overseas players: Evin Lewis (WI), Kieron Pollard (WI), Ben Cutting (AUS), Mitchell McClenaghan (NZ), Adam Milne (NZ), Jason Behrendorff (AUS), Quinton de Kock (SA), Lasith Malinga (SL)

Newcomers: Lasith Malinga, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Pankaj Jaiswal, Rasikh Salam, Yuvraj Singh, Quinton de Kock

What’s new at Mumbai Indians coming into IPL 2019?

After a disappointing campaign in 2018, the joint most successful side in IPL history made various changes to their roster to boost their chances for IPL 2019. Lasith Malinga made himself available in the auction after quitting his position as mentor with the team and the Sri Lankan veteran has returned in phenomenal form already.

Fellow veteran Yuvraj Singh was signed although he may not feature unlike new signing Quinton de Kock who joined from Royal Challengers Bangalore to give their batting a major boost.

Who are the key players for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019?

Their disappointing campaign in 2018 mirrored the disappointing form of captain Rohit Sharma who scored just 286 runs in all 14 matches – his lowest return in his IPL career. They desperately need him to rekindle his best form and he will open the innings this time rather than moving around the middle order which backfired last year.

Hardik Pandya has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons in recent months after some controversial comments saw him left out of the Indian national team. He did return to international duty eventually and will be a key cog in their World Cup hopes as well as the Mumbai Indians’ hopes in IPL 2019. They need him to be at his best with bat and ball if they are to return to competing at the business end of the tournament.

What are the question marks for Mumbai Indians coming into IPL 2019?

There are a series of question marks surrounding the Mumbai Indians coming into this tournament after such a disappointing 2018 campaign. They lost six matches in the final over last year and they picked up the knack of losing matches from good positions that they will have to shake off. On one hand, they were far more competitive than their results suggest, but on the other, they need to reverse that habit.

They have further question marks over veterans Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard especially. The duo are under big pressure to perform and Pollard especially could find patience in him to be relatively low if he does not start well.

How do The Stats Zone think Mumbai Indians will perform in IPL 2019?

Mumbai Indians have one of the best sets of local players in the tournament but they need their star figures like Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and the Pandya brothers to hit top form if they are to challenge for a top four place.

Prediction

They should compete for top four, but may either fall short there, or in the knockout round if they do manage to scrape through.