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Mumbai Indians SWOT Analysis for IPL 2021

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With just a week left for the Indian Premier League, let us have a look at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for “The Most Successful Franchise” in the history of the IPL and also the current defending champions, the Mumbai Indians. Will they be able to retain their crown? Can the players be good enough to reach their maximum potential again? Let’s find out!

Ishan Kishan scored 516 runs at an average of 57.33 and a strike rate of 145.76 in IPL 2020 | Image Source: Twitter.com

 

STRENGTHS

The Mumbai Indians squad looks well balanced. In the batting department, there are players who can anchor the innings as well as there are others who can destroy the opposition. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have recently debuted for the Indian National Team. The morale of these players will be at an all-time high and they also look in great form, which was evident by their performances for Team India.

Krunal Pandya has been great in the Vijay Hazare trophy and has carried his form into the ODI series against England. If he manages to play equally well in the IPL, then Mumbai can bat dangerously deep. Apart from that Quinton De Kock has been extremely reliable.

MI’s pace attack will also be one to fear with the addition of Adam Milne and the rookie Marco Jansen in this year’s auction. MI also has the option of a good overseas all-rounder in the form of James Neesham. Overall, the team is very solid.

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WEAKNESS

The major weakness for MI looks to be in the spin department. Rahul Chahar hasn’t been very consistent. There are the likes of Jayant Yadav, Piyush Chawla, and Anukul Roy in the squad. Jayant Yadav got the only one opportunity in the last season, Piyush Chawla didn’t have a good IPL 2020 or a decent domestic season and Anukul Roy was an occasional substitute fielder. Apart from Chahar, MI doesn’t have a lot of reliable spin options.

 

OPPORTUNITIES

Marco Jansen is a rising star in South Africa and while he is still in tremendous form, MI should avail his services in every match. MI also has a good option to swap all-rounders. James Neesham can be a good substitute for Kieron Pollard. Also, they have an opportunity of using the Kiwi pace attack combination of Boult and Milne. Combining Bumrah with them will make an extremely lethal pace attack. However, balance is the key.

Marco Jansen is a highly talked after player in the South African circuit and it will be interesting to see how MI blend him into their plans | Image Source: Twitter.com

 

THREATS

As far as threats are concerned, there are very few. MI is currently on a dream run with a good balance in the squad. Threats might arise depending on the form of the other teams. One major threat might arise in the case of spinning surfaces. MI won’t be able to pick up a lot of wickets early on while playing on such surfaces. Playing home games in Chennai, away from Wankhede Stadium will also be a bit disappointing for the team.

 

After analyzing everything, it seems that the strengths of the team outweigh its weaknesses by far. MI will definitely be title contenders this time as well. If they get their selection right, it would be like a cakewalk for an able captain like Rohit Sharma to lead the team to victory. With plenty of options at IPL 2021, it would be interesting to see if Mumbai Indians stay true to their slogan “Duniya Hila Denge”. Follow us at The Sports Doyen for the coverage of the Indian Premier League!

 

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