Key player for Mumbai Indians. Photo: BCCI
- Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals to win IPL 2020 Trophy
- Rohit Sharma-led MI are now five-time IPL Champions
- The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav and others played key roles in MI’s success
Mumbai Indians (MI) became just the second team in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to retain the trophy. Up against Delhi Capitals (DC), MI defeated them for the fourth time in the season. Courtesy Trent Boult’s two early scalps and a key wicket from Jayant Yadav, MI gave DC three early blows.
The Shreyas Iyer-led side did recover from that but only managed 156/7 on the board. MI had no worries in the chase. Skipper Rohit Sharma rose to the occasion and scored 68 off 51 to lead MI to their fifth IPL trophy win. Now that they have won yet another season of IPL, here’s a look at their five key players –
MI’s highest wicket-taker of the season (27), Bumrah played a pivotal role in propelling his side into the final. Even though he couldn’t win the Purple Cap, Bumrah maintained an unimaginable economy rate of 6.73 in 60 overs that he bowled.
He came up with a number of noteworthy performances right throughout the season but Bumrah’s four-for in the Qualifier stood above all. It was Bumrah who dismissed Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Marcus Stoinis (65) and all-rounder Daniel Sams that saw MI defeat DC and become the first team to qualify for the final.
That four-for also saw him winning the Purple cap for a few days. The find of MI, Bumrah will remain to be one of the finest to have played for the franchise.
Even though he was a bit inconsistent at the start, Suryakumar Yadav ensured that he wins it for his team every time he stayed out for long. He looked a bit more confident after being ignored for a place in Team India. In the league stage game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Suryakumar also did not shy away from having a stare-off with skipper Virat Kohli.
His innings of 79* off 43 while chasing 165 was one of the best. Suryakumar finished the season with 480 runs and also sacrificed his wicket for Rohit in IPL 2020 final.
The left-handed batsman made an immediate impact after being included in the playing XI and almost pulled off a miraculous chase against RCB by scoring 99 off 58. MI lost that match in the Super Over.
Kishan, who started as a middle-order batsman this season, was also asked to open in Rohit’s absence. He did that job to perfection and shone in almost every outing. Asked to bat in the middle after Rohit’s return, Ishan carried his form and scored an all-important 55* off just 30 in the Qualifier. In the IPL 2020 final, the left-hander remained unbeaten on 33* off 19. In total, Kishan scored 516 runs, most for MI, at a strike-rate of 145.76.
Quinton de Kock
The MI opener played a big role in the franchise’s success but it wouldn’t have been the case had the team management not backed him. The pressure to persist with De Kock even after low returns at the start could have forced them to bring in proven opener, Chris Lynn. But they resisted the move. De Kock provided solid starts to MI on many occasions and scored 503 runs, striking at 140.50.
Before the start of the season, it looked like Boult might sit out but MI gave him the lead role. And Boult, who wasn’t regarded as highly in IPL, finished with 25 scalps.
The new ball master got his team early wickets on occasions. In four matches against DC, Boult scalped at least a wicket in the powerplay on every occasion. In the Qualifier, it was Boult who removed Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane in the very first over. And in the final, Boult dismissed Stoinis, Rahane and Shimron Hetmyer.