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Aakash Chopra has picked his ideal playing XI. of Mumbai Indians (MI) for IPL 2022.

Heading into the 15th edition of the IPL, MI has a significantly different look. They appear to be lacking in both batting and bowling and will have to be at their best to make the playoffs.

Aakash Chopra
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The Mumbai Indians’ long-term top three are Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav, according to Aakash Chopra. He went on to say:

“The two openers, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan, are left and right-handed, respectively. A left-handed opener has always been a favourite of theirs. Suryakumar Yadav will be at No. 3, but he may not be ready for the opening match. As a result, you might wish to modify the opening sequence as well.”

While selecting the remaining batting order, he emphasized the top six’s lack of proper bowling options. Chopra elaborated:

“Tilak Varma at No. 4, Kieran Pollard at No. 5, and Tim David at No. 6 are all contenders. There aren’t many true bowling alternatives if you look at these six. Tim David and Kieron Pollard bowl a little, although not to the level as Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya, who were both decent three-over bowlers.”

In his ideal Mumbai Indians XI, Aakash Chopra’s picks for bowlers:

As for the bowling all-rounder, Aakash Chopra reckons the Mumbai Indians would have to select among Daniel Sams, Fabien Allen, and Arshad Khan.

“If we’re talking about bowlers, you’ll try to play one of Daniel Sams, Fabien Allen, or Arshad Khan following Tim David. Afterward, when, you have four more positions available to fill.”

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“There is no uncertainty that someone will see Jasprit Bumrah. I’ll offer one to Markande before I offer one to Murugan Ashwin. I’m going to choose Unadkat over Basil Thampi, and I’ll play Tymal Mills instead of Riley Meredith.”

On March 27, Delhi Capitals will face the Mumbai Indians at the Brabourne Stadium.

Aakash Chopra’s ideal Mumbai Indians XI: Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, N Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams/Fabien Allen/Arshad Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Markande, Jaydev Unadkat, Tymal Mills

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