IPL 2023: Mumbai Indians are the most successful franchise in the Indian Premier League’s history. They are the only team with five IPL titles in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020, respectively. But that didn’t help the performance when you stepped into a new season. MI suffered a humiliation in the 2022 season when they finished at the bottom of the points table.
MI won only four of the 14 games they played in the entire season and finished last on the table. However, the franchise looked pretty keen in the mini-auction held in Kochi on December 23. They made some vital picks.
Best Bowlers for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023
The team is looking quite balanced now with some good bowling options. However, here we will look into the best bowling options for Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2023.
5. Jason Behrendorff
The exciting Australian pacer Jason Behrendorff was signed by the Mumbai Indians for a price of INR 75 lakh in the 2023 auction. MI signed him earlier in 2018 but was injured. Later he made debut in 2019 season for MI. However, the franchise released him after that season. Behrendorff then played for the RCB in 2022. But now, he was picked by MI at a price of INR 75 Lakh. Behrendorff can be a difficult bowler to face, and he can be a better first-change bowler for MI.
4. Piyush Chawla
MI missed an experience-spinner in the last season. They had Murugan Ashwin and Mayank Markande, but both were a bit inexperienced. Hence, the franchise released them, and they have acquired veteran Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawal for their team for the IPL 2023. Piyush was part of the MI in the 2021 season but played only one game. However, he is among the leading wicket-takers in the IPL. He will be a vital bowler for MI moving forward. Piyush has picked up 157 IPL wickets at 7.88.
3. Cameron Green
Without a doubt, Cameron Green will be a regular member of the team in the next edition of the Indian Premier League. The franchise signed MI for a whopping price of INR 17.5 crore, making him the second costliest player in the IPL’s history. Green is an exciting pace bowler who is equally good with the bat as well. He will make his IPL debut for MI in the coming season. Green has already taken fifer in Tests and ODIs for Australia and will be effective bowlers along with Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer.
2. Jofra Archer
MI shocked everyone when the picked injured English pacer Jofra Archer for INR 8 crore in the IPL 2022 auction. Many thought that it was a brainless move, and they certainly missed him in the last season. But now he is fit and ready to go, and no one can question the ability of Jofra Archer. He is among the best bowlers in the world right now. He can bowl up front and at death as well. Archer has played 35 IPL games and has 45 wickets at a brilliant economy rate of 7.13.
1. Jasprit Bumrah
Mumbai Indians have ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah in their squad, who is arguably among the top all-format bowlers for India. He has been a consistent performer for the franchise over the past year and has also contributed. Despite MI’s poor show in the 2022 season, he took 15 wickets, including 5/10. Bumrah has played 10 seasons for MI and has taken 145 wickets (second most for MI after Lasith Malinga) in 120 games at an economy rate of 7.39.
MI Squad for IPL 2023
Rohit Sharma (c), Tim David, Ramandeep Singh, Cameron Green, Ishan Kishan, Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav, Tristan Stubbs, Dewald Brevis, Jofra Archer, Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Behrendorff, Arjun Tendulkar, Arshad Khan, Kumar Kartikeya, Akash Madhwal, Jhye Richardson, Hrithik Shokeen, Piyush Chawla, Nehal Wadhera, Duan Jansen, Vishnu Vinod, Shams Mulani, Raghav Goyal.