IPL 2020 Team Review : MI

Hey cricket fans, I know IPL already has started. The plan was to finish the article series before IPL kicks off. But I couldn’t do it due to an unavoidable reason. I would like to finish off this series anyway.

Today, I am going to talk about the MI squad and my thoughts on my ideal playing XI. Let’s get going.

Squad Members

  • Rohit Sharma (Captain)
  • Digvijay Deshmukh
  • Quinton de Kock (wk)
  • Aditya Tare
  • James Pattinson (✈)
  • Nathon Coulter-Nile (✈)
  • Trent Boult (✈)
  • Saurabh Tiwary
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Dhawal Kulkarni
  • Chris Lynn(✈)
  • Prince Balwant Rai Singh
  • Jayanth Yadav
  • Suryakumar Yadav
  • Krunal Pandya
  • Kieron Pollard (✈)
  • Sherfane Rutherford (✈)
  • Rahul Chahar
  • Mitchell McClenaghan (✈)
  • Hardik Pandya
  • Mohsin Khan
  • Anmolpreet Singh
  • Anukul Roy
  • Ishan Kishan
Home Ground – Wankhede Stadium
Head Coach – Mahela Jaywardene
Winners – 4 times (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
Runners-Up – 1 time (2010)

My Ideal XI

Top Order

I would have Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma opening the batting for me. They are familiar with each others’ strengths and weaknesses. Both has the ability to take MI to a great start and can take the responsibility to play a long inning.

I want Suryakumar Yadav to come in at Number 3. He’s capable of hitting the long ball as well. I want my top order to take the score to something close to 60. I would take 60/1 after 6 overs any day of the week.

Middle Order

At number 4, I want Saurabh Tiwary to take responsibility. He has been there playing IPL for a long time now. He has the experience under his belt to handle any situation. He’s capable of hitting the long ball. I would want him to be more responsible and try to build the innings without throwing the wicket away without getting used to the pitch.

I’d send Kieron Pollard at number 5. He has proven that he can absorb pressure and build an inning throughout the last IPL. I’d want him to keep doing that while sending the loose balls into the crowd (alright, into the empty chairs 😂).

At number 6 and 7, I want Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya to keep playing the way they do. I would swap the two brothers in between 6 and 7 positions according to the game situation. I’ve seen Krunal‘s ability to keep his calm in pressure situations.

Bottom Order

I would pick Rahul Chahar at number 8 to add depth to the batting order. He’s an awesome young talent and has proven it time and time again. He’s one of the main reasons why MI won the title last year.

At number 9, I want Trent Boult to come in. He has the ability to hit the oddball for a six and can swing the new ball well.

Mitchell McClenaghan would be my pick to play as my number 10. He is a big strong unit that could hit the deck hard and get it up there.

Of course, Boom Boom Bumrah is going to be my number 11. With Malinga not playing, Bumrah has to take the lead in picking up the crucial wickets and giving that edge to MI team.

Well, this is just my opinion and I would like to know your thoughts on this as well.

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Published by Thisura Thenuka

I am a passionate software engineering student. But cricket is my first love ❤

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