The most successful side in IPL history had a season to
forget in 2021 as the Mumbai Indians unsuccessfully defended their title,
finishing 5th in the points table. In 2022, Mumbai retained most of their core
that won back-to-back titles in 2019 and 2020, with Rohit Sharma, Jasprit
Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Suryakamar Yadav and Ishan Kishan returning to the side
alongside some new recruits such as Tim David, Tymal Mills and Jofra Archer.
The Mumbai Indians broke the bank for Ishan Kishan at the
2022 IPL auction, and in the process, the five-time champions have created one
of the strongest top-orders in the tournament. Rohit and Ishan form the perfect
right-left combination, with both batters complementing each other due to their
ability to take on pace and spin, respectively. Mumbai have a lot of muscle
lower down the order as well, with overseas all-rounders Tim David and Kieron
Pollard providing the side lots of power-hitting for the death overs.
Mumbai also possess one of the strongest death-ball pairings
in the IPL, with Tymal Mills and Jasprit Bumrah known for their ability to
restrict batters’ scoring options in the slog overs with their variations and
Having bought Jofra Archer for 8.2 crores for next year, the
Mumbai Indians have weakened their team significantly for the 2022 season. Most
concerningly, the five-time champions have a thin squad with the replacements
for key players such as Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav or Jasprit Bumrah,
inspiring very little confidence.
The balance of the Mumbai side is also hindered by their
inability to effectively replace the all-round ability of Hardik Pandya and
Krunal Pandya at the auction, with the five-time champions placing plenty of
faith in untested domestic players such as N Tilak Verma and Sanjay Yadav.
Mumbai have left themselves light in their spin department
as well, with Rohit Sharma’s side not adding a frontline Indian off-spinner at
the auction and picking up Mayank Markande and Murugan Ashwin as leg-spinners,
two bowlers who played just four games between them last season.
Player to watch out for: Dewald
The Mumbai Indians have future-proofed their squad this
auction with the addition of South African sensation Dewald Brevis for 3 crore.
Brevis lit up the 2022 U-19 World Cup for South Africa, scoring 506 runs in the
tournament in six matches, the most by a player in a single edition of the U-19
World Cup. Although Brevis is unlikely to translate that form onto the senior
stage immediately, the 18-year-old is an exciting talent who could become an
IPL star in the years to come.
Likely Playing XI
Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, N Tilak Verma,
Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Sanjay Yadav, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Tymal
Mills, Jasprit Bumrah