3 Reasons why Mumbai Indians can't defend their IPL title in 2020

3 Reasons why Mumbai Indians can’t defend their IPL title in 2020

Mumbai Indians are the current IPL champions.

Mumbai Indians. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Mumbai Indians is a team that has had perhaps one of the most fascinating journeys in the IPL. There was a lot of fanfare around Mumbai in 2008, the inaugural season, not just because India’s leading businessman Mukesh Ambani had bought the team, but also because India’s favorite son Sachin Tendulkar was going to play for his city team.

Add to that, Sachin’s partner at the top of the order was none other than Sanath Jayasuriya and it was a dream come true for fans of both the players. But despite having these two stalwarts and the likes of Shaun Pollock and Harbhajan Singh, Mumbai Indians failed to perform to their enormous potential finishing 5th and 7th in the first two seasons.

It all changed in 2013 when Rohit Sharma took over from the old guard of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting who had joined the squad that year itself, and his dynamic and shrewd captaincy helped Mumbai Indians win their first title. Since then there’s been no looking back.

Mumbai Indians has gone on to win three more titles since 2013, and today stand as the most successful IPL team. But despite all their previous success and the widespread belief that Mumbai Indians are the favourites for the upcoming season as well, it might not turn out that way eventually.

Here are the 3 reasons why Mumbai Indians may fail to defend their IPL title in 2020

1. Inexperienced and underwhelming spin attack

Krunal Pandya. (Photo: IANS)

On paper, Mumbai looks a team that has almost all bases well covered. They have a very strong top order with Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock, a lethal yet reliable middle order with the Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard and deadly pace attack spearheaded by Jasprit Bumrah.

But the one chink in their armor which may be more prominent in UAE is their inexperienced and underwhelming spin attack. While taking nothing away from the talent of their primary spinners Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar, who had good seasons last year with 12 and 13 wickets respectively, none of them is a great turner of the ball, and will not be able to exploit the slow of surfaces of UAE the way spinners of other teams will be able to. On top of that what is even more worrying is the fact that their reserves look bleak.

In the full squad, they just have Anukul Roy, Jayant Yadav, and Prince Balwant Rai as other spin options. While Prince is an unknown commodity and not much is known of him, Anukul has played in the U19 World Cup but lacks experience big time. Jayant Yadav on the other hand has played for India, but despite that has only featured in 12 IPL games picking 5 wickets which doesn’t reflect highly of him.

Mumbai naturally doesn’t require too many spinners as they play most of their games in the Wankhede stadium which is usually a belter and pace friendly wicket not having much for the spinners. But since the venue and pitch conditions for all their matches are going to be drastically different this season, the lack of quality and experienced bunch of spinners could be a massive setback for Mumbai Indians.