IPL 2020 team profiles: Mumbai Indians' key players, fixtures and predictions
Rohit Sharma's champions look in good nick to defend their title in the UAE
Based: Abu Dhabi
Last season: Champions
Best finish: Champions in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
Coach: Mahela Jayawardene
Captain: Rohit Sharma. The most successful player in IPL history? Surely. He was central to Deccan Chargers’ win in 2009, and has overseen all four of Mumbai’s title as captain, too. This tournament coincides with him opening a new coaching academy in Dubai, so some more IPL success will help get extra traffic through the door of that.
Key man: Jasprit Bumrah
The India fast bowler is arguably the No 1 paceman anywhere in the world in T20 cricket. Evidence the final last year, when his spell of 2-14 helped Mumbai stave off CSK. He will have to shoulder an extra burden with Lasith Malinga absent for possibly all of the tournament.
Big miss: Lasith Malinga
The Sri Lankan death bowling Svengali has taken more wickets than anyone else in IPL history, so is bound to be missed. He opted out, at least for the opening phase of the tournament, as his father has been ill. He has been replaced by Australia’s James Pattinson.
As one of just two teams based in Abu Dhabi – Kolkata Knight Riders are the other – the defending champions have had the run of the place at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in the build up to the tournament.
At least, they have since all involved navigated the quarantine process – plus a sandstorm – which meant they were able to start training on their eighth day in UAE.
Malinga’s withdrawal means they will be without some vital nous, but the arrival of Trent Boult means they still have enviable firepower in their seam attack.
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1. Match 1, Saturday, September 19, 6pm, Abu Dhabi – Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings
2. Match 5, Wednesday, September 23, 6pm, Abu Dhabi – Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians
3. Match 10, Monday, September 28, 6pm, Dubai – Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians
4. Match 13, Thursday, October 1, 6pm, Abu Dhabi – Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians
5. Match 17, Sunday, October 4, 2pm, Sharjah – Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad
6. Match 20, Tuesday, October 6, 6pm, Abu Dhabi – Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals
7. Match 27, Sunday, October 11, 6pm, Abu Dhabi – Mumbai Indians v Delhi Capitals
8. Match 32, Friday, October 16, 6pm, Abu Dhabi – Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders
9. Match 36, Sunday, October 18, 6pm, Dubai – Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab
10. Match 41, Friday, October 23, 6pm, Sharjah – Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians
11. Match 45, Sunday, October 25, 6pm, Abu Dhabi – Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians
12. Match 48, Wednesday, October 28, 6pm, Abu Dhabi – Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore
13. Match 51, Saturday, October 31, 2pm, Dubai – Delhi Capitals v Mumbai Indians
14. Match 56, Tuesday, November 3, 6pm, Sharjah – Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians
Updated: September 12, 2020 02:35 PM