Rohit Sharma led-Mumbai Indians (MI) are one of the most celebrated Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises. Having lifted the silverware twice since the inception of the highly rated Twenty20 (T20) league from India, Mumbai Paltan has seen some of the best international players don the shiny blue jersey over the period of last 9 years. They started the IPL journey with the tag of being the most expensive team in 2008 and since then, MI have seen some of the best and the worst moments. Fortunes did not favour the Mumbai-based team till the third season when Sachin Tendulkar led the side to the finals of IPL 2010 only to get defeated by MS Dhoni’s now suspended – Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final.
In 2011, they sealed a top-four position but crashed out in the second qualifier against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). But respite came in the Champions League T20, where they avenged their loss by defeating RCB the same year. They finally clinched IPL trophy in 2013 and followed it up with the Champions League T20 title. They could not keep up with the momentum the following year and bowed out of tournament in the eliminatorBut Rohit displayed superlative form the following year to once again clinch the IPL title in 2015 defeating CSK
Since the past 9 seasons, MI have seen 7 different captains – Shaun Pollack (2008), Tendulkar (2008-2011), Dwayne Bravo (2010), Harbhajan Singh (2008-2012), Ricky Pointing (2013) Kieron Pollard (2014) and finally Rohit (2013- present).
Out of the total 9 seasons, MI could not make it to the top four only in the first two seasons. Otherwise, they were eliminated in the playoffs thrice, were runners-up once while were the crowned champions twice.
Over the span of 9 years, MI have played a total of 141 IPL games till date and 21 Champions League games taking the total tally to 162. So now let’s have a look at the statistical highlights from MI’s 139 IPL matches.
|Most matches (MI)|
Harbhajan Singh leads the table for playing the most number of games for MI with 125 having been the side since the first season. But Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard are well in the race.
Rohit tops the list for being the highest run-scorer for his side leading from the front. But the second place — Saach staggering runs — goes to Tendulkar. Rayudu too has been a vital part of his team being consistent throughout followed by Kieron Pollard, the Trini powerhouse.
|Sanath Jayasuriya||114 (48)||Chennai Super Kings||2008|
|Sachin Tendulkar||100* (66)||Kochi Tuskers Kerala||2011|
|Rohit Sharma||109* (60)||Kolkata Knight Riders||2012|
|Lendl Simmons||100* (61)||Kings XI Punjab||2014|
Now that we are dealing with runs, here is the list of the centurions for Mumbai topped by two Legends with captain Rohit again in contention. Lendl Simmons, too has been amongst runs since joining the side in 2014 and being in the only 4 centurions for MI.
Come on guys, it’s runs that we are dealing with. Saach is the greatness. You can’t help but picture him playing one of those glorious cover drives. Can you? Followed by captain Rohit, Rayudu and Pollard too have been amongst the boundaries.
The West Indies powerhouse has topped the list of those mammoth sixes for obvious reasons. But again Rohit has ensured of being in the contention followed by Rayudu.
When you have Malinga the Slinger to lead the bowling attack, how can you even expect someone else to have the maximum wickets? Let’s not ignore Harbhajan here, but somehow Malinga just grabs the attention back with his One Four Three wickets.
For Mumbai, when in bat it was Tendulkar and when it ball it has to be Malinga. The Sri Lankan speedster has bowled the maximum maidens for his franchise and has a tough competition from teammate Harbhajan. But Munaf Patel is the surprise entry here.
Again no surprises, as Malinga scalps 4 wickets 5 times with Munaf again being a surprise entry here.
|Lasith Malinga||5/13||Delhi Daredevils||2011|
|Harbhajan Singh||5/18||Chennai Super Kings||2011|
|Lasith Malinga||5/21||Kings XI Punjab||2011|
Malinga yet again (twice) and look at those figures. Harbhajan has been giving him a tough fight, but Malinga has definitely done the maximum damage for MI throughout his time with IPL.
If there is someone who could have toppled Malinga it had to be someone great isn’t it? So here it is – South Africa legend Shaun Pollack. Even though Pollack played just one season, the first one, there has been no one who could beat his stringent economical bowling figures.
Catches win matches – they say. And MI have some excellent pair of hands. The West Indies powerhouse tops the list for taking most catches which include some excellent diving and fully stretching ones. But after a short period, Rohit has again made a comeback to remain in the contention. Also, let’s appreciate the handy effort from Harbhajan and Rayudu. And who better to end the list other than the legend?
As we are just talking about the catches and the safe pair of hands involved, let us also see the busiest pair of hands for MI. Aditya Tare, the Mumbai Ranji skipper was quite impressive behind the wicket with those quick stumpings, followed by Dinesh Karthik who now plays for Gujarat Lions (GL). But Parthiv Patel, who now plays for MI instead of Tare, has all the chances of going two places up to take the top spot.
Despite now not being the part of the current MI squad, Karthik still tops the list for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper. But Parthiv will soon be going up the ladder to be the most successful wicketkeeper for Mumbai.
Now having covered all most every criterion of the stats for the Mumbai Paltan, there can be no better way than to end this by showing up the list of their captains and their games they have played
Rohit tops the list having managed MI for 58 times and much more to come this season. Tendulkar also managed the side for a brief and successful period of time taking his tally to 51. Harbhajan, Pointing and Pollack have managed their side for a fair amount of time. But with all the other players having retired and with the form Rohit is in, there seems to be no chance of him getting replaced.