Even in the most unexpected year of the 21st century, the winner of the IPL was not so surprising. In the final of the 2020 edition of the IPL, Mumbai Indians emerged as winners for the 5th time!
2020 has been the year of surprises. Though not all of them have been positive, the return of cricket was something Indians were waiting for desperately. Finally, after much speculation and hindrances, the Indian Premier League did take place. In a ‘new normal’ way, of course.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League was officially the most competitive IPL ever. But, then again, Mumbai Indians seemed to steamroll the opposition. MI were the first to qualify for the play-offs and treaded comfortably to the title. So, celebrating the 5 IPL title wins for #MIPaltan, we analyze five factors for the Mumbai Indian’s enormous success.
1) The Army Of Support And Coaching Staff
The Indian Premier League is the most star-studded cricket league in the world. Mumbai Indians have Zaheer Khan as the Director of Cricket. The head coach of the team is the Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayewardene. Now, here is where most teams would have stopped, but not MI. To add to the list, GOAT batsman Sachin Tendulkar is the batting mentor of the team with New Zealander Shane Bond as the bowling coach. For the dives and catches, James Pamment helps the team, and for talent scouting, they have John Wright. All in all, Mumbai Indians’ IPL success is owed to the men not just on the field but off the field as well.
There is no IPL team as star-studded as the Mumbai Indians. Not just on the field but even in the dugout.
2) The Dynamism Of Rohit Sharma
They say that every leader is as good as his team. But, in cricket, the leader has to go out and lead from the front. It is one of the big factors between good and great teams. The IPL has no shortage of examples when it comes to teams that won owing to legendary captains. Since 2008, we have seen average teams turned into title contenders and even champions by shrewd, calculative leaders who utilized their players to perfection. Rajasthan Royal’s win in 2008 is a representation of this fact. On the other hand, we have also seen Royal Challengers Bangalore with Chris Gayle, AB DeVilliers, and Virat Kohli in the same team yet reeling at the bottom of the table. Rohit Sharma has been a balanced captain on the side. Rohit has backed young players while leading by example when the team needed him most. It isn’t a story of just this season, it has been a continuous phenomenon by the Mumbaikar.
Watch: Rohit Sharma speaks after Mumbai Indians’ IPL 2020 Win
3) A Balance Of The Old And New
IPL provides the perfect platform for young Indian cricketers to learn and play along with their International heroes. There is a different culture in every team. In 2020, Rajasthan Royals was the youngest team to play. How the youngest? As per the average age of the playing XI, the Royals were the youngest with an average age of 25.80 years. On the other side, Chennai Super Kings was the oldest team with an average age of 30.5 years. Mumbai Indians have a balance between the two. The average age of MI’s playing XI is 27.38 years. The oldest player in the MI team is left-arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan (33), followed by Captain Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, and Nathan Coulter-Nile, are 32 years old. Anukul Roy (21) and Ishan Kishan (22) are some of the youngest players to play in the blue jersey.
4) The Quicks Of Blue Jersey
As it is known, IPL 2020 took place in three cities – Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi. This year’s tournament was surprisingly favorable for the bowlers. Generally, UAE is said to be favoring more to the batsmen, but this time, it was the bowlers who were dominating. Mumbai Indians had the perfect combination of the conditions this year. World’s best pace bowler – Jasprit Bumrah, at the moment, was playing for the Mumbai Indians. Bumrah has been one of the most familiar faces of Blue Jersey.
If that was not all, the number two of white-ball cricket bowling – Trent Boult was also donning the colors of Mumbai this year. To support these two world-class pacers, Mumbai had the like of Coulter-Nile, Sherfane Rutherford, and even Hardik Pandya to throw the ball quickly.
5) Batting Woes. What’s that?
When it comes to batting, Mumbai Indians tick all the boxes.
Such is the beauty of the team balance that MI boasts of a packed batting line-up. One can argue that it is not the best batting line-up of the tournament, but then they win matches. MI opens with the formidable pair of Quinton de Kock and Captain Rohit Sharma. Both of them are world-class opening batsmen. If the opposition somehow manages to get either of them out, then the reliable Suryakumar Yadav will come to the crease. He can time the ball through the fielders and even swing it up the fielders’ heads. Post that, the surprise package of this season, Ishan Kishan, will walk into the field. The batting runs deep into the line-up. Boasting of two batting all-rounders in the Pandya Brothers with an added boost by Pollard, it just doesn’t get better than this. It is one batting line-up you can send if your life depends on it.
Time and again, Mumbai has proven to be the best team in the competition. They remain favorites before the start of every IPL, and rightly so. With the end to one of the most exciting IPL seasons, we have no surprises with Mumbai Indians being the winner because of the above-mentioned success factors. After all, somethings never change, and neither should they.