What are your Mumbai Indians playing 11 for the IPL 2019?

Ahead of IPL 2019, Mumbai seems to have taken a cue out of the Chennai Super Kings booklet by bringing back experience to their squad. Lasith Malinga, after spending a year as a mentor returns to MI as a player and along with him, Yuvraj Singh will play for Mumbai Indians. In 2018, Mumbai Indians lost too many close encounters and could not change their form in time in order to qualify for the playoffs.

Let’s take a look at the strongest combinations of Mumbai Indians in the home and away conditions.

1. Batsmen

1.1 Top Order (Number 1, 2 and 3)-Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani revealed that Rohit Sharma will open the batting for Mumbai Indians.

To partner him, there are 2 world class options - Quinton De Kock and Evin Lewis.

Quinton De Kock gets the nod ahead of Lewis in South African conditions. He will look to find his IPL form back with Rohit at the other end.

Lewis, who hit 382 runs in 13 matches last season will keep De Kock in his tows and is a perfect replacement for him at the opener’s slot.

In India - With Lewis and De Kock likely to depart for WC 2019 preparations, Suryakumar Yadav comes in to open the batting with Rohit Sharma

The position of No. 3 - Ishan Kishan will come in at No. 3 for MI. He showed spark with some fearless hitting in 2018 and Mumbai Indians will give more responsibility to him this year and he makes it at NO. 3 in both the Indian and South African conditions.

2. Middle Order (Number 4, 5 and 6) - Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, and Krunal Pandya constitute the middle order for the Mumbai Indians at 4, 5 and 6 respectively.

Suryakumar Yadav was prolific with the bat in 2018 season, hitting 512 runs in 14 matches at an average of 36.57. At no. 4 he is the spearhead of the middle order.

Kieron Pollard looked out of sorts last year and could not match his previous seasons’ heroics. But the big lad is still one of the best hitters of the white ball. Mumbai Indians retaining him means that he will be given the nod to prove himself in the starting XI.

Krunal Pandya has proved to be a match winner in last 2 IPL seasons and thus comes in at No. 5. 12 wickets with the ball plus 228 runs, Krunal’s all-around performances automatically call for his selection into the strongest XI.

In the Indian leg, Yuvraj Singh comes in at No. 4. Suryakumar Yadav will move up the order and given the trust shown by the franchise in him. Yuvraj will be tried out in the middle order.

3. Lower Order (Number 7, 8 and 9) - Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, and Mayank Markande come in at NO. 7,8 and 9.

Apart from his batting, Hardik Pandya was probably the best pacer for Mumbai Indians in 2018 and picked up 18 wickets. South African conditions will suit his bowling and batting styles and he will come down the order to finish matches.

Ben Cutting had a disappointing 2018 IPL season. His fast bowling and clean hitting ability are enough to ensure a place in the Mumbai Indians Starting XI.

After his Ranji Trophy debut for Punjab in 2018, Mayank Markande had an excellent IPL season with Mumbai Indians. He always gave the team important wickets at crucial stages. With 15 wickets in his debut season, Mayank would like to repeat that in 2019.

For Indian leg - The lower order remains the same for the Indian leg too.

4. Bowlers (No. 10 and No. 11) - For the South African leg, MI’s first choice pacers will be Jason Behrendorff and Jasprit Bumrah.

Behrendorff is becoming one of the best bowlers in the shortest format. He missed out in 2018 due to injury. He is in good form and picked 4 wickets vs India in the 2nd T20I as Australia leveled the series.

Jasprit Bumrah will lead the Mumbai Indians to attack, being one of the best bowlers around currently. As BCCI will look to limit the participation of their premier bowlers, Barinder Sran will come in to replace him at the end of the campaign.

Lasith Malinga has rejuvenated his bowling career for Sri Lanka and has returned to the Mumbai team as a player after a year as the bowling mentor. He would replace Behrendorff in case the Aussie quick fails to impress with his performances.

Behrendorff has not played ODIs for Australia, but if he is selected for the World Cup, Mitchell McClenaghan will replace him in the team.

This concludes the Mumbai Indians team strongest XI.

Mumbai Indians BEST XI - SOUTH AFRICAN LEG

Rohit Sharma(C)
Quinton de Kock ✈️
Ishan Kishan
Suryakumar Yadav
Kieron Pollard ✈️
Krunal Pandya
Hardik Pandya
Ben Cutting ✈️
Mayank Markande
Jason Behrendorff ✈️
Jasprit Bumrah

 

Mumbai Indians BEST XI - INDIAN LEG

Rohit Sharma(C)
Suryakumar Yadav
Ishan Kishan
Yuvraj Singh
Kieron Pollard ✈️
Krunal Pandya
Hardik Pandya
Ben Cutting ✈️
Mayank Markande
Jason Behrendorff ✈️
Jasprit Bumrah