Mumbai IPL Team


Mumbai IPL Team- There is more to the Mumbai Indians IPL T20 cricket team than Sachin Tendulkar

Tendulkar in action
Sachin Tendulkar is of course the key to the Mumbai IPL team, the Mumbai Indians. But the Mumbai Indians IPL cricket team has more stars in its lineup such as Shaun Pollock who leads the bowling department and Sanath Jayasurya, who was one of the star batsmen of the inaugural IPL T20 cricket tournament

Sachin Tendulkar ‘s injury was a huge dampener for the Mumbai Indians IPL cricket team

Seeing Sachin Tendulkar opening the batting for the Mumbai Indians cricket team with Sanath Jayasurya was of course a dream come true for many cricket fans, but Sachin’s injury saw him missing most of the inaugural IPL T20 cricket tournament

Even after Sachin Tendulkar started playing for the Mumbai Indians cricket team, he was clearly not at his best and the fans of the Mumbai IPL team will have to wait till the 2009 T20 cricket season to see the master blaster at his best

Other stars of the Mumbai IPL team include international cricket stars such as Dwayne Bravo of the West Indies and Lasith Malinga, the slinger from Sri Lanka

Sanath Jayasurya was the star of the Mumbai IPL team in the inaugural IPL T20 cricket tournament

Sanath Jayasuriya walking to the boundary
Sanath Jayasurya (Jayasuriya or Jaysurya for some ), the star opener of the Mumbai Indians IPL cricket team of course, needs introduction. Jayasurya, also known as the “Matara Marauder” is a cricket player ideally suited to the T20 Format and the Mumbai Indians cricket team has indeed made an excellent choice by roping in Sanath Jayasurya into the Mumbai IPL team

Jayasurya of course, justified his selection in the Mumbai Indians cricket team by hitting an incredible 114 runs off 48 balls against the eventual IPL cricket T20 finalists- the Chennai Super Kings. Overall,Jayasurya scored 514 runs for the Mumbai Indians cricket team in the IPL T20 cricket tournament at an incredible strike rate of 160

The Mumbai Indians IPL cricket team has players from around the world

The inaugural Mumbai Indians IPL cricket team for the 2008 IPL T20 season had players from multiple cricket playing countries with international cricket players from Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and Australia, apart from the local Mumbai cricket talent

Players from Sri Lanka-Mumbai IPL cricket team

The Mumbai IPL team has some astonishing players from the Emerald Island- Sanath Jayasurya, Lasith Malinga and Dilhara Fernando

Apart from Jayasurya, none of these other Sri Lankan cricket players could make a mark for the Mumbai Indians IPL cricket team. In fact, Lasith Malinga was injured and did not play at all for the Mumbai IPL team in the inaugural IPL cricket tournament

Cricket Players from Australia-Mumbai IPL team

The Australian cricket players in the Mumbai Indians IPL cricket team for 2008, were not exactly the well known Australian cricket stars.

Dominic Thornely and Luke Ronchi are the two Australian cricketers who played for the Mumbai Indians cricket team for the inaugural IPL T20 2008 cricket tournament

Dominic Thornely turned out to be an excellent all rounder whose slow medium pace was successful in getting timely wickets for the Mumbai Indians IPL cricket team. Dominic Thornely is definitely likely to play for the Mumbai Indians team again in 2009, as his contributions were really well appreciated by Mumbai Indians fans

However, Luke Ronchi was a bit of a disappointment for the Mumbai IPL cricket team in the inaugural T20 cricket tournament. Given many opportunities in the Mumbai Indians cricket team, including opening the batting in Sachin Tendulkar’s absence, Luke Ronchi seemed a little overwhelmed by all the attention, but this talented cricketer should do better in the coming years for the Mumbai IPL cricket team

Cricket Players from South Africa for the Mumbai IPL team

Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock, Andrew Nel, Ashwell Prince and Loots Bosman were the four South African cricketers who played for the Mumbai Indians IPL cricket team

Shaun Pollock was of course one of the most successful players for the Mumbai Indians cricket team- he even captained the Mumbai IPL team for quite a few matches after Sachin’s injury and Harbhajan Singh’s suspension from the IPL T20 cricket tournament

Shaun Pollock excelled by bowling a tight line and was difficult to score off even in the Twenty20 cricket format. Called “Kaka” by his Mumbai Indians IPL team mates, Shaun Pollock had a lot to offer for the Mumbai Indians IPL cricket team even after his retirement from test and one day international cricket team

Andrew Nel had limited chances for the Mumbai Indians, but bowled reasonably well given the few chances that he got in the inaugural 2008 IPL T20 season. Though Nel’s aggressive attitude and posturing may not gel well with people like Sachin Tendulkar, Andrew Nel will be a key bowler for the Mumbai Indians cricket franchise in 2009

Mumbai IPL cricket team- local players such as Dhaval Kulkarni, Abhishek Nayar and Ajinkya Rahane hold the key

Dhaval Kulkarni and Abhishek Nayar did reasonably well for the Mumbai Indians cricket team in the inaugural IPL T20 cricket tournament but all of Mumbai will hope that Ajinkya Rahane does well in the 2009 edition of the IPL cricket tournament

Ajinkya Rahane has played really well for Mumbai in the Ranji trophy cricket tournamet this year and should be really confident of doing well for the Mumbai IPL team in the 2009 IPL cricket season

Dhaval Kulkarni was the highest wicket taker for the Mumbai cricket team in the Ranji trophy 2008-2009 season and his medium fast bowling will be crucial for the Mumbai Indians cricket team to succeed in the 2009 IPL cricket season

IPL Auction 2009 saw the Mumbai Indians cricket team adding Kyle Mills, Mohammed Ashraful and JP Duminy

JP Duminy DrivenThrough the IPL Auction 2009, the Mumbai IPL cricket team added the exciting new South African prospect JP Duminy , who was amazed at the huge amount the Mumbai Indians franchise paid for him , thereby expressing the confidence in this talented cricketer

Kyle Mills at Jade Stadium Christchurch New Zealand 2Kyle Mills is another underrated bowler who will seek to fill the big shoes of Shaun Pollock, who may not play for the Mumbai IPL team this year

Another exciting prospect is the hard hitting Bangladesh cricket batsman, Mohammed Ashraful, who can demolish any bowling attack on his given day

In summary, the Mumbai IPL team seems really well balanced and in the absence of any injuries and bans, may bring home the IPL trophy