Defending champions Mumbai Indians on Wednesday arrived here ahead of their opening game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
The IPL 2021 will kick off from April 9 and in the tournament opener, Mumbai Indians and RCB will be locking horns at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
"Namaste Chennai!. Mumbai Indians are now here, " said skipper Rohit Sharma in a short video posted on Mumbai Indians' Twitter.
The five-time IPL champions once again have a settled look to their squad and will be the team to beat as the cash-rich league returns home after being held in the UAE last season.
The dominance of the franchise can be seen from the fact that they defeated one of the best teams (Delhi Capitals) last year in the final without breaking a sweat.
Over the past few years, the Rohit Sharma-led side has almost worn an invincible look thanks to their solid core and impeccable consistency. The MI nucleus does not just revolve around skipper Rohit, but also has some quality performers in Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, and Kieron Pollard.
It is safe to say that this franchise does not overly depend on its foreign players as the homegrown talent is so well equipped that they themselves can change the course of a match within minutes.
Even though the Mumbai-based franchise has won the title on five occasions -- 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020 -- the side is yet to make it three consecutive titles in a row and that would definitely be added motivation for Rohit's boys.
Mumbai Indians squad: Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mohsin Khan, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Jimmy Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar.
( With inputs from ANI )
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