The Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in the Indian Premier League, having won five championships. They are a franchise cricket team based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The team was established in 2008, and Reliance Industries, the largest conglomerate in India, owns 100% of its 100% subsidiary IndiaWin Sports. The team has played its home games at Mumbai’s 33,108-seat Wankhede Stadium ever since it was founded.
The Mumbai Indians were the first IPL franchise to surpass the $100 million brand value threshold in 2017.
For the fourth year in a row, Mumbai Indians’ brand value is the highest of all IPL franchises, estimated to be around 809 crore (roughly $115 million) in 2019.
Mumbai Indians Team History
In September 2007, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the formation of the Indian Premier League, a Twenty20 competition that would begin in 2008. The BCCI announced the owners of eight city-based franchises in January 2008. The Mumbai franchise was sold for $111.9 million to Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), making it the most expensive team sold in the league. Mukesh Ambani’s RIL purchased the franchise rights for a ten-year period.
Many legends have been associated with this franchise, including Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya, and Ricky Ponting, which explains the unparalleled love this team receives from their fans on social media (Mumbai Indians Twitter) as well as in stadiums.
Mumbai Indians Team Record
Indian Premier League
|Year||League Table Standing||Final Standing|
|2008||5th out of 8||League stage|
|2009||7th out of 8||League stage|
|2010||1st out of 8||Runners Up|
|2011||3rd out of 10||Playoff|
|2012||3rd out of 9||Playoff|
|2013||2nd out of 9||Champions|
|2014||4th out of 8||Playoff|
|2015||2nd out of 8||Champions|
|2016||5th out of 8||League stage|
|2017||1st out of 8||Champions|
|2018||5th out of 8||League stage|
|2019||1st out of 8||Champions|
|2020||1st out of 8||Champions|
|2021||5th out of 8||League stage|
|2022||10th out of 10||League stage|
Champions League T20
|Year||League Table Standing||Final Standing|
|2010||7th out of 10||League Stage|
|2011||1st out of 13||Champions|
|2012||9th out of 14||League Stage|
|2013||1st out of 12||Champions|
|2014||11th out of 12||Qualifiers|
|2015||Defunct Source: Wikipedia|
The Initial Struggle of Mumbai Indians and Mumbai Indians Players
The Mumbai Indians were expected to be one of the strongest teams in the first season of the IPL, with players such as Sachin Tendulkar (their Icon Player), Sanath Jayasuriya, Shaun Pollock, Lasith Malinga, Robin Uthappa, and Harbhajan Singh among their ranks. However, while the team had a lot of experience, they were slow.
While much was expected of Tendulkar, the veteran Indian batsman missed the majority of the season due to injury. To make matters worse, his deputy, spinner Harbhajan Singh, was barred from the tournament for slapping bowler Sreesanth during a match against Kings XI Punjab. The team finished in fifth place.
The 2009 season was similar in that MI and its players struggled with injuries and poor player selection by team management. They were only able to finish seventh in the league.
Setting the Foundation: Rise of Mumbai Indians Team
After learning from their previous mistakes, the Mumbai Indians decided to rebuild their team by acquiring talented young players. They paid $750,000 for Trinidad’s all-rounder Kieron Pollard in the auction window, along with ten other uncapped Indian players. Some of these players included Ambati Rayudu, Abhishek Nayar, and Saurabh Tiwary. Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar was the season’s star, scoring 618 runs to win the Orange Cap.
2011 provided another opportunity for rebuilding, as the addition of two new teams meant that each team had to lose all but four players to auctions. MI chose to keep Tendulkar, Pollard, Harbhajan, and Malinga for $4.5 million.
They purchased Indian batsman and future captain Rohit Sharma ($2 million) and inform pacer Munaf Patel ($700,000) during the IPL auction window. The Mumbai Indians finished third in the points table as a result of their successful shopping, with 18 points from 14 games.
In the Eliminators, they defeated Shahrukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders. However, they were defeated by Royal Challengers Bangalore by 43 runs in the qualifiers.
The Glory: Mumbai Indians Team
The 2013 IPL season was going to be special for the MI and Mumbai Indians squad, with veterans like Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar making way for youngsters. This season saw Rohit Sharma take over as captain of the team. Along with Sachin Tendulkar, the team was mentored by Anil Kumble and Jonty Rhodes.
After a tense start, the MI team went on to win their first IPL title. They followed that up with a Champions League victory.
The team was unable to perform with the same rigor in the 2014 season, possibly due to the abrupt change in venue (from Mumbai to UAE). Nonetheless, based on net run rate, they made it to the final four. However, they were defeated in the eliminator by Chennai Super Kings.
MI won their second IPL title in 2015, defeating archrival Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs. Despite starting the season with four losses, they fought back by winning nine of the next ten games in a row.
In 2017, a strong Mumbai Indians team finished first in the IPL table, winning 10 of 14 games. In one of the best IPL matches ever played, they defeated Rising Pune Supergiant by one run.
The team failed to make the playoffs in 2018, finishing in fifth place.
MI and Mumbai Indians players had incredible seasons in 2019 and 2020. In both seasons, they were crowned champions.
IPL summary of results
|Year||Total||Wins||Losses||No Result||Win %||Position||Summary|
The Mumbai Indians entered the auction with a purse of Rs. 20.55 crore. In order to meet their quota of 25 players, the franchise needed 6 Indian players and 3 foreign players.
Mumbai Indians at IPL 2023 auction:
Cameron Green – ₹ 17.5 crore
Jhye Richardson – ₹ 1.5 crore
Piyush Chawla – ₹ 50 lakh
Duan Jansen – ₹ 20 lakh
Vishnu Vinod – ₹ 20 lakh
Shams Mulani – ₹ 20 lakh
Nehal Wadhera – ₹ 20 lakh
Raghav Goyal – ₹ 20 lakh
Purse Left: ₹ 0.25 crore
Mumbai Indians squad
Wicketkeepers: Ishan Kishan, Vishnu Vinod
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Tim David, Ramandeep Singh, Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav, Tristan Stubbs, Dewald Brevis,
All-rounders: Arjun Tendulkar, Cameron Green, Duan Jansen, Nehal Wadhera, Shams Mulani
Bowlers: Jofra Archer, Jasprit Bumrah, Arshad Khan, Kumar Kartikeya, Hrithik Shokeen, Jason Behrendorff, Akash Madhwal, Jhye Richardson, Piyush Chawla, Raghav Goyal
Mumbai Indians Released players: Kieron Pollard, Anmolpreet Singh, Aryan Juyal, Basil Thampi, Daniel Sams, Fabian Allen, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Murugan Ashwin, Rahul Buddhi, Riley Meredith, Sanjay Yadav, Tymal Mills
Mumbai Indians Achievements and Awards
Mumbai Indians are the only IPL team to have won the title five times (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020), making them the league’s most successful team.
Furthermore, the club has won the Champions League T20 twice, in 2011 and 2013.