Five-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians (MI) had a forgettable season last year. They collected only four wins in their 14 games and ended up at the bottom of the table. Hence, they took some major steps ahead of the mini-auction for the upcoming season.
While they released a couple of big names, the Mumbai-based franchise spent a large chunk of their purse to sign some exciting talents. Undoubtedly, they have grouped great quality players who are more than capable of bringing back the prestigious trophy. In this article, we predict Mumbai Indians’ strongest XI for the season.
Openers: Rohit Sharma (C) and Ishan Kishan
The leader of the pack, Rohit Sharma, will open the innings for his side without a doubt. He had a dismal performance last season with the bat, where he failed to register even a single fifty. However, one can’t argue his quality and ability to cause massive destruction on his day.
With the ODI World Cup approaching, he will want to regain his form and gain some confidence. Ishan Kishan, on the other hand, is most likely to accompany Rohit Sharma to open the innings. The champion franchise has shown faith in the youngster time after time, which he has been able to pay up to the mark.
In IPL 2022, the left-handed batter scored 418 runs in 14 games, averaging 32.15 at a strike-rate of 120.11, including three fifties. This season will be very crucial for Kishan as he has gradually lost his place in the national team. If he wants to cement his case, he needs to deliver something remarkable.