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IPL 2016: Mumbai Indians Predicted XI

Defending champions Mumbai Indians will start IPL 2016 as one of the favourites. The Blue army, after having won the title twice in 2013 and 2015, will be aiming to lift the trophy for the third time and become the first team to do so.

The Mumbai franchise has a formidable squad after having retained its core before the auctions skipper Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Corey Anderson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Unmukt Chand and Marchant de Lange were all retained. Newly acquired names like Jos Buttler, Krunal Pandya, and Nathu Singh also have a lot to offer.

Despite being poor starters in the past few seasons, Mumbai Indians have thrived as a result of consistent performances from the big names in the team. They are known to peak at the crucial time and pick up the momentum. Last year Mumbai only managed one win from the first six games before dramatically turning around their fortunes to clinch the title. Mumbai Indians will start their title defense against IPL debutants Rising Pune Supergiants led by MS Dhoni on April 9.

Lendl Simmons:

Lendl Simmons MI
Lendl Simmons MI. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Lendl Simmons has been the regular opener for the Mumbai Indians side since the time he debuted in the 2014 season for the franchise. The West Indian has had a good time in the IPL, scoring runs consistently. His aggregate of 540 runs in 13 games played a huge role for MI in their title win last year. On top of it all, he is currently in great touch with the bat. His match-winning 51-ball 82 runs blitz at the Wankhede in the World T20 semi-final against India is still fresh in all our minds.

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