Every year as the Indian Premier League (IPL) gets underway, the expectations from the Mumbai Indians keep building. But the end result has always been disappointing.
In the initial seasons, the middle-order was Mumbai’s weakest spot. Even if Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuria would get them off to a racing start, quick wickets in the middle would undo the good work.
It was sorted out over the years, as they were almost spotless en route to the final in 2010 only to crash against the Chennai Super Kings. The Mumbai Indians will hope that their new leader Ricky Ponting, who replaced Harbhajan Singh, can prevent the team from crumbling at the defining moments.
And the possibility of Tendulkar and Ponting opening the innings will be a dreadful proposition for the bowlers.