Mumbai is the most successful Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise in the 12-year history of the Indian League. However, MI suffered some heartbreak in 2013 before tasting success for the first time.
In 2010, Mumbai Indians came close to winning the IPL title, but lost in the final to MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings. In 2011 and 2012, MI continued their good run by reaching the play-offs, but the final berth ruled them out despite their star-studded line-up in both seasons.
However, 2013 was a different story altogether. While Ricky Ponting took over as captain before the season, he stepped out of the role during the season to make sure the team got his balance right. Along with the coaching staff Anil Kumble, Rohit Sharma took over as captain and made a winning debut against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Under the guidance of the likes of Anil Kumble, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma had a good opportunity to prepare himself as a captain and held it with both hands.
Rohit could not take the rigorous test in his first IPL final as captain. Mumbai Indians were facing their famous Chennai Super Kings, against whom MI had already lost a final and an eliminator last year.
Despite the collective batting failure, it was Kirron Pollard who scored 60 runs off 32 balls to take Mumbai Indians to a total score of 148.
In the second half, Rohit came under pressure as he marshaled his troops to limit them to 125. Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson went through the CSK top order, after which a brilliant effort from MS Dhoni (45 off 63) went in vain.
In 2013, Mumbai Indians’ first title came as a relief to the franchise which finally managed to click on the big day. It was Rohit in his first year as IPL captain, which showed what was to come in the coming years – the captaincy masterclass in the T20 league.
“It was a big challenge for me. The moment the captaincy came to me, I was ready. I thank everyone who believed that I could work. It’s another thing to lift the trophy, but it’s a learning curve for me. Thea and I were really great. ” Enjoyed a lot, ”Rohit Sharma said after the IPL 2013 final.
Title Number 2: Magical Reversal, Owner of CSK
Cut for 2015, Rohit Sharma faced a different challenge this time as Mumbai Indians got off to a terrible start, losing 5 of their 6 matches in the season. When the situation looked grim for MI, the Rohit men battled against the odds and shocked the cricket fraternity by winning the league.
Mumbai Indians entered the play-offs by finishing fourth in the points table and entering the final against their arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings. Notably, Rohit’s men qualified for the final by beating CSK in the qualifier.
Unlike 2013, the final was unilateral. Captain Rohit made a star act by scoring 50 off 26 balls, when Lendl Simmons hit a quick 68-run knock. MI scored 202 runs. He outscored CSK to a score of 161 and won his second IPL title.
If the first IPL title was about ending the drought, Rohit proved that Mumbai Indians and he would not give up without a struggle.
“We played like true champions. Mumbai Indians have shown great character. It was a matter of putting everything on the field and I couldn’t ask for anything better. It was important that we got some momentum, it didn’t happen. In the beginning But the change was very good, ”Rohit said after the IPL 2015 victory.
Title number 3: Rohit Sharma surpassed Steve Smith in thriller
Mumbai Indians became the IPL’s most successful team for the first time in 2017. Rohit this time conspired against Steve Smith, who now led the defending Rising Pune Supergiant in the final.
It was once again a test of the character of the Mumbai Indians as they scored 129 runs on a sluggish wicket from Hyderabad despite Krunal Pandya’s innings of 47 runs. But it was enough for Rohit who handled his bowling attack with great clarity. Lasith Malinga was wicket-keeping but he scored only 21 runs and Mitchell Johnson and Jaspreet Bumrah starred by sharing 5 wickets between the two.
Rising Pune Supergiant batted for 20 overs, but they were only 128, 1 less successful than Mumbai Indians in the last over being a thriller. Mumbai Indians win.
Rohit Sharma said, “This match will be special for us because of the way we fought.” This was a specialty Mumbai had developed under Rohit and it was paying him rich dividends.