Mumbai Indians – Their Journey Over The Years: Mumbai are aiming for their sixth title in the IPL 2022. They made interesting buys this season of the tournament and we took a look at them.
The Mumbai Indians are one of the top winning teams in IPL history, with five championship wins. They are known for their tough core of Indian players that make the difference every time.
With wins back to back five times, MI is one of the wealthiest teams in the Indian Premier League. But you may not know everything about them, so allow me to deliver knowledge about them.
IPL, which was started in 2007, is a sports league consisting of twenty-20 matches. That same year, the nascent MI came into existence and its stakes are much higher.
Reliance Industries Ltd made a purchase of MI for $11.9 million and so with it, came Mukesh Ambani, the richest man in India.
The inaugural season of the Indian Premier League saw massive buying by Mumbai Indians. Sachin Tendulkar was named iconic player for the team as Mumbai picked up big players like Shaun Pollock, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh and more.
But Sachin injured himself before then, and the team was led by Harbhajan. Mumbai were an average side in 2008 and finished up at the fifth spot. The 2009 season was even worse as they won only five games, finishing at the seventh spot.
Since 2010, the team has looked strong. They made their first final in 2010 and were unfortunately beaten by a better Chennai team. This led to an awakening of a new power in the tournament.
MI made their best investment in Rohit Sharma in 2011. This purchase turned into headlines when the team appointed their wicket-keeper as captain. The Champions League victory, also proclaimed in 2011, was one of MI’s many championships won that year.
In 2012, Sachin stepped down as Captain of Mumbai Indians and Harbhajan was named the new captain. Mumbai then went on to win a good year that culminated in the eliminator against Chennai in the Champions League T20 tournament.
The 2013 Cricket World Cup that India won put the nation back on track for victory. Ricky Ponting, who captained MI before his low run of form, was dropped from the team.
The decision to appoint Rohit as captain has been beneficial for Team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and they have won titles in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020.
Everyone knows that blue is the colour associated with Mumbia Indians, and notably the team’s logo features a Sudharsan Chakra. The jersey is typically golden in colour. For the initial six seasons, the kit has been manufactured by Adidas.
With the launch of Performax app, the brand has come a long way. As brands on the front of the kit, these companies are Idea, Videocon, Hero Honda, Hero, Videocon D2h, Samsung, MasterCard along with Jet Airways. The back of the shirt has Colors as its sponsorship partners.
With a variety of brands such as Adidas, Zandu Balm, Dheeraj and East Coast LLC, DHFL, Marriot Bonvoy, Sachin suggested MumbaRazor be the new Mumbai Indians name.
MI has won 5 IPL trophies, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma. He is considered to be one of the best buys in the history of IPL. Though in the first few seasons of IPL MI wasn’t that good.
They haven’t always had all the silverware, but CPL has shone. They have won five times, with three playoff appearances and two League of Legends championships amongst other achievements.
Mumbai has qualified for the Champions League tournament twice and won it in 2011 and 2013, but the tournament was canceled in 2015.
MI’s coaching department is one of the most extensive in IPL history. Rahul Sanghvi is head coach, while Zaheer Khan is director of cricket operations. But MI has had a lot of coaches over the years. No first-round pick for MInnesota was too modest for them, as Lalchand Rajput led their coaching staff, followed by head coach Shaun Pollock, Robin Singh, John Wright, Ricky Ponting and Mahela Jayawardena.
With such a diverse coaching staff, MI can assemble new teams from their training and coaching staff. With Robin Singh as batting coach, Sachin Tendulkar as his mentor and Shane Bond as the bowling and fielding coach, Nitin Patel as physio, MI looks to have the bases covered.
With 14 home and away games, each team has a total of 40 to 60 games. For Mumbai Indians this means they rotate their home ground every 3 years. Until 2011, they were playing at the DY Patil Stadium but ever since they moved to the Brabourne Stadium, it has been their fortress.