5 players who can help Mumbai Indians defend their IPL title
Mumbai Indians, owned by Reliance Industries Limited, is the most successful team in the IPL. After an initial struggle in the starting two seasons, the club has boomed from the 3rd season till now, by qualifying to the play-offs each time. The men in blues are the only team to win 100 T20s and 3 IPL titles and one of the two teams to win 2 Champions League T20 titles.
Prior to the IPL auction in February, the franchise, RIL, with the head coach, Mahela Jayawardene might look for these five players to win their 4th IPL title.
#5 Krunal Pandya
Krunal Pandya, the elder one of the Pandya brothers, has turned out to be a secret weapon for Mumbai Indians in the last two season of the league.
The all-rounder, who bats left-handed and bowls left arm spin, became the highest run-getter and highest wicket taker for Baroda in the 2016-17 Vijay Hazare Trophy. Prior to IPL 9, Mumbai Indians acquired the young talent with a high bid of Rs. 2 Crore in the auction. With his big hitting ability, he has scored 480 runs with an inflated strike rate of 158.4 for the club in the past two seasons.
Krunal Pandya was also awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his crucial match winning performance of 47 runs from 38 balls against RPS in the IPL 10 Final.