Mumbai Indians have always been under the spotlight, either due to their massive wins or their significant losses. They have had a journey oscillating between the top and the bottom of the table, sometimes even within a season.
The first team to win the IPL title three times (in 2013, 2015 and 2017), they have been titled the most valuable IPL franchise, branded at a whopping 106 million dollars.
Their first two seasons in 2008 and 2009 did not start off well for the team as they placed fifth and seventh respectively. At the time, their star players included Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, and Lasith Malinga.
They redeemed themselves in 2010 with the added efforts of Ambati Rayudu and Saurabh Tiwary to win ten games out of fourteen and reach the finals but were defeated by the Chennai Super Kings.
In 2011, the team again was placed on top of the charts and qualified for the Qualifying final against Royal Challengers Bangalore but lost due to their inability to stay on the field. However, they had Malinga who became the leading wicket-taker of the IPL franchise. 2012 saw a change in captaincy from Sachin Tendulkar to Harbhajan Singh. Tendulkar was out injured for four of the matches that season, placing them third on the table. They qualified for the Eliminator against CSK and lost.
In 2013, Ricky Ponting took lead, mentored by Anil Kumble. Their horrific loss to Rajasthan Royals forced him to step down as captain to be replaced by Rohit Sharma who had been providing consistent performances throughout the season. Under his leadership, the team showed some visible improvements and paved their way to their first IPL title.
In 2014, they started the season poorly but fought their way to make the fourth position to qualify for the playoffs. However, their efforts went to waste with their loss against CSK once again.
In 2015, MI won their second IPL title finally defeating CSK. This is where the historic MI-CSK rivalry comes from. They were placed fifth in 2016 and won their third IPL title in 2017, making them the most successful team in the history of IPL.
MI has been known for their nail-biting matches and their ability to rise from the ashes, however, their inconsistency has always been their weakest point. Their inability to continue a winning streak and their complete dependency on only a few key players has pushed them away from winning the title several times over.
Now, in 2018, they have been placed at the bottom of the table with barely any strengths worth talking about as Rohit Sharma has desperately tried to work his magic again and bring them back to form. But tonight’s match may be their last chance of making it to the playoffs and having a try at a fourth title. Let’s hope the Mumbai Indians have the ability to match up to their title of the most successful team.