The Indian Premier League‘s most successful team is Mumbai Indians (IPL). The most of any team is their five IPL championships, which leads the league. Mumbai has consistently been one of the favourites to win the championship each season. Several well-known and accomplished athletes have worn the Mumbai Indians jersey. The worldwide renown of Mumbai Indians can be attributed to a handful of these names.
Here, we examine 5 well-known cricketers whose IPL careers came to an end with the Mumbai Indians.
Most people agree that Sachin Tendulkar is the best batsman to ever live. He participated in just one T20I and amassed 10 runs. Nonetheless, he was one of the Indian Premier League’s most driven batsmen (IPL). In the early IPL seasons, Tendulkar was the face of the Mumbai Indians, and his presence garnered a large following to the franchise.
Tendulkar played in the league up until 2013, when he and the Mumbai Indians won the inaugural IPL championship. Tendulkar injured himself while attempting to hit a six off the final ball he faced in the IPL. He was hurt after that and wasn’t able to get better in time to play for Mumbai Indians in another game.
Tendulkar played in 78 IPL games and amassed a total of 2334 runs. His average was 33.83 and he had a strike rate of 119.82. He also has an IPL century, being the first skipper to do so in 2011 against Kochi Tuskers Kerala with a score of 100* off 66 balls. His most noteworthy season was in 2010, when he amassed over 600 runs to win the orange hat and lead MI to the championship game.
The Mumbai Indians’ 2013 IPL captain was named as Ricky Ponting. At the time, Ponting was nearing the end of his remarkable career. Only 52 runs were scored during the player’s poor outing, which lasted six innings. To make room for Rohit Sharma, Ponting resigned as captain. He then made an immediate announcement of his retirement.
Before taking on the role of head coach for MI in 2015, Ponting was retained by MI in 2014 as an advisor. Under his direction, Ponting led MI to their second IPL championship in 2015. He led the Mumbai Indians as their coach until Mahela Jayawardene took over in 2016.
Ponting serves as the Delhi Capitals’ head coach at the moment.
For the Mumbai Indians, Lasith Malinga has the most wickets ever in the Indian Premier League. Malinga has 170 wickets in 122 games, and his bowling contributions have helped the Mumbai Indians win four of their five championships. He is regarded as a veteran of MI.
Malinga had his most productive season ever during the 2011 IPL, winning the Purple Cap after collecting 28 wickets in 16 games for MI at a pitiful economy rate of 5.95.
One of the notable players the Mumbai Indians added before the first IPL season was Sanath Jayasuriya. Before leaving the IPL, he spent three seasons playing for MI. With the Mumbai Indians from 2008 to 2010, Jayasuriya was Sachin Tendulkar’s opening partner.
The inaugural season itself saw Jayasuriya get his first century for MI and in the IPL when he hammered 114* off only 48 deliveries. Jayasuriya finished the IPL 2008 with 518 runs at a strike rate of 167.63. The following season, his strike rate fell to 115, and his performance suffered. Furthermore, he only managed to score 221 runs in the IPL in 2009. In the four games he played before declaring his retirement from the IPL in 2010, he scored 33 runs.
5. Yuvraj Singh
Mumbai Indians signed Yuvraj Singh for the 2019 season for a basic salary of two crores. He only played four times for MI, but throughout those games, he scored 98 runs at an average of 24.50, including a half-century. In a thrilling last-ball match, the Mumbai Indians defeated CSK to claim the championship that year. However, Yuvraj Singh then declared his retirement from the IPL and the global circuit.
Yuvraj scored 2750 runs and took 36 wickets in 132 IPL games. His most impressive accomplishment is that he has two hat-tricks, something he has only done once in the IPL.