Mumbai Indians’ strongest playing XI if they had played Test cricket in IPL 2019

Mumbai Indians’ strongest playing XI if they had played Test cricket in IPL 2019

With three pacers, three spinners and batting up to number 8, this line-up looks extremely strong on paper.

Mumbai Indians, IPL
Mumbai Indians. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Perhaps, franchise cricket in the longest format of the game is something that is unprecedented. Given the amount of time that is required for playing a Test match, this might not be a really viable idea. Yet, if there is a situation where different T20 franchisees get to play Test cricket, it will surely be great fun to watch. Usually, all these teams build their squads keeping the 20-over format requirements in mind and so is the case with Mumbai Indians (MI).

They are packed with limited-overs specialists and full of match-winners. However, if these same squads are to play red-ball cricket as well, Mumbai Indians (MI) is one team that could possibly stand out. The Rohit Sharma-led side has got some really high quality four-day or five-day cricket players. If the Mumbai Indians actually play the longest format of the game, they will surely give any team in a world a good run for their money.

Here is how the Playing XI of Mumbai Indians would look like had they played Test cricket:

1. Siddhesh Lad

Siddhesh Lad
Siddhesh Lad. (Photo Source: Twitter)

In the last few seasons of the IPL, Siddhesh Lad has been an integral part of the Mumbai Indians’ (MI) set-up. He is a heavy scorer in domestic cricket and has proved his potential time and again. However, this lad had to wait for ages altogether to make his IPL debut.

After being with the team for five years, he finally got his opportunity in IPL 2019 where he played one game. While he might not fit into MI’s T20 scheme of things, he will surely do if it was Test cricket. He is often Mumbai’s crisis man and is excellent under pressure.

While he plays in the lower middle-order for his Ranji team, he has got good technique and can open the innings as well. He is known for his temperament and steady head. In 52 first-class matches thus far, he scored 3758 runs at an average of 43.7 and also hit 8 centuries.