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IPL 2018: 4 reasons why Mumbai Indians can retain the title

Mumbai Indians will become the second team after CSK to successfully defend their title, if they win the IPL this year.

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Top 5 / Top 10 23 Mar 2018, 00:04 IST
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Mumbai Indians have won 3 IPL and 2 Champions League T20 Titles

The most successful team in the history of the IPL and the current Champions Mumbai Indians have always been a fan favourite. Mumbai Indians could not reach the playoffs in the first two seasons but after that, they became a superpower in IPL.They have reached seven IPL playoffs and won three IPL titles(the only team to do so).

After the Mega Auctions and the return of former champions Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, this is almost a new start for the Mumbai based franchise. But the MI Paltan look strong as ever after the 2018 IPL auctions and they look set to win their fourth IPL Title this year.

Here we take a look at the 5 reasons why this could be MI's year once again:


#1 Captain Rohit Sharma

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Rohit Sharma will be crucial in MI's title defence this year

Rohit Sharma is IPL's most successful captain of all time as he is the only player to have won three IPL Trophies as a Captain. He took over the team’s captaincy a couple of games into the 2013 season and led MI to their maiden IPL title and then led MI in the Champions League T20 and completed a grand double when they clinched the title.

Rohit's MI again won the IPL in 2015 and 2017. The Mumbaikar has been a star player in the IPL right from the beginning and was also instrumental in his former side Deccan Chargers winning the 2009 IPL Title. IPL is a long tournament and winning it requires experience and mental toughness and Rohit has exhibited both these qualities in the past.

The Hitman will also be crucial as a batsman for the Mumbai side as he can bat both at the top of the order as well as in the middle order. He has been in the form of his life in the past couple of years, scoring a third double hundred and equaling the record for the fastest hundred in T20Is in late 2017.

However, he is yet to show his best in the IPL, and this could well be the year for the Hitman to showcase his true potential in the IPL and lead his team to yet another IPL glory.

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