Mumbai Indians who also defending champions this season are one of the teams to beat this season. They have a similar stature like Australian team a decade back where other teams envied their domination. For MI, they have not really dominated other teams fully. However, they have been certainly dominating in crucial moments of the game. Lot of Big match players in their squad.
Mumbai Bowling Powerhouse
If we look at Mumbai bowling lineups historically, they have been relying on their pace bowlers who have delivered on most occasions for them. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Malinga, Boult, McClenaghan, Coulter Nile, Pattinson Etc. this list can go on & on.
But as far as spinners are concerned, they don’t really have similar line of historical performers for them. Partly one of the reasons for the same has been the kind of wicket for T20 games in Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai doesn’t really offer much in terms of Grip and Sidespin. Also, when we move to the second half of the tournament.
In the IPL 2020 season in general, the Spinners had a comparatively lesser impact from a wicket taking point of view. In 2021, we will have to wait and watch if this phenomenon changes. Majority of the time the spinners operate in the middle portion of the innings. This period is generally a quieter period in terms of the run scoring pace is concerned. Hence during this stage, if the Spinners get vital breakthroughs, it helps the team to really restrict the opposition in a big way. This applies in both chasing as well as setting a total is concerned.
The below Visual will tell you that the Mumbai spinners who have regularly featured in the playing eleven in the last season, have not really been a wicket taking force during this middle phase of the innings for them.
Rahul Chahar above numbers suggest the fact that he needs to get his strike rate much lower into the teens from the early 20’s. This will make him a more wicket taking option for Rohit Sharma.
The above visual for Krunal Pandya indicates that every season his role as spinner has only been to keep the scoring down. However now that he must play a wicket taking role as well, those levels of Strike rates will not really help the MI cause. Hence too like Chahar must work more harder in getting more wickets in their spell.
One of the major benefits out of this will result into lesser pressure on 5th Bowler as well as the likes of Bumrah & Boult. More depth in the squad with multiple players performing is the ideal situation which any team management would want. Although Mumbai is once again going to be one of the top contenders in 2021, the contribution from the spinners is something that they must really pull up their socks.