Rohit Sharma of the Mumbai Indians has a chance to become the first captain in IPL history to win three titles in a row.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has returned to India after spending the previous season in the United Arab Emirates due to a coronavirus outbreak. Even without the support of their home crowd, Mumbai Indians won their fifth IPL title in the scorching heat of the UAE, the most by any franchise in the tournament’s history. The defending champions, captained by Rohit Sharma, will play the Royal Challengers Bangalore, led by Virat Kohli, in the tournament opener on April 9 in Chennai. Rohit Sharma has a chance to make history as the first captain to win three IPL titles in a row.
MI new stars
The defending champions purchased Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Milne, and Jimmy Neesham in the players auction, but Arjun Tendulkar’s recruitment was the talk of the town.
The Mumbai Indians paid Rs 20 lakh for the son of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
To bolster their spin department, the five-time IPL champions added the seasoned Piyush Chawla to their ranks.
Mumbai Indians also purchased South African youngster Marco Jansen and Indian uncapped Yudhvir Charak during the auction.
Prior to the auction, MI kept their core group of players intact. In the upcoming IPL season, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult, and Jasprit Bumrah will all be wearing the blue and gold.
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, who have been with the Mumbai-based franchise for many seasons, will look to lead their team to another victory.
Mumbai Indians’ journey in last season
MI topped the points table with 18 points after winning nine games and losing just five in the league stages.
The Rohit Sharma-led team then went on to win the title by defeating Delhi Capitals twice (once in the qualifier and again in the final).
If the Mumbai Indians can replicate their heroics from the previous two seasons, they will not only break the record for most IPL wins with six, but they will also become the first team to win three titles in a row.