IPL: 5 Unknown facts about Mumbai Indians

IPL: 5 Unknown facts about Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians were earlier going to be named Mumbai Razor.

Mumbai Indians IPL 2017
Mumbai Indians IPL 2017. (Photo: IANS)

Mumbai Indians is the most successful team in the history of the Indian Premier League having won the trophy on 5 occasions. The fact that all five of them came in the last eight years shows how dominant they have been in recent times and they have pretty much made the league their own.

Apart from the five titles, they have qualified for a further three playoffs. They also have the best squad on paper at present and they looked almost unbeatable last season when they won their fifth trophy.

In addition to this, they also have two Champions League trophies to their name. While everyone knows about the success that they have had and the quality of players at their disposal, there are a few facts that not many are aware of, and here’s a look at

5 lesser-known facts about Mumbai Indians

1. Played 5 overseas players in a CLT20 game

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

In the IPL, there is a restriction on the number of overseas players who can play in a match as teams can only play a maximum of 4 foreigners. However, they were allowed to play 5 overseas players in a game during the now-defunct Champions League T20 match against CSK.

Because of several injuries to their Indian players, they were allowed to field 5 overseas players given that was an exceptional circumstance. The five who took the field were Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Andrew Symonds, Davey Jacobs, and Aiden Blizzard.

MI ended up on the winning side courtesy of a brilliant performance from Malinga with both bat and ball as he scored 37* from 18 while also picking up Murali Vijay’s wicket. Even Kieron Pollard had a decent game, but the other three overseas players didn’t do much on the day.