Their scouting is the best among all franchises – Irfan Pathan on Mumbai Indians (MI)

Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan believes that the search for talent carried out by Bombay Indians (MI) is the best of all Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises.

Mumbai Indians is the most successful franchise in Indian Premier League (IPL) history. As they have won the IPL Trophy 5 times, they started their journey to victory in 2013 and won the cup in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020. However, many expected the Mumbai Indians to complete the treble of winning championships. but unfortunately they were unable to qualify for the 2021 IPL playoffs.

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During a discussion on Star Sports, Irfan Pathan said other franchisees in the Indian Premier League (IPL) should learn from the Indians of Mumbai (MI) how to build a strong team. He stated:

Their screening is the best among all the franchises. Other franchises need to learn from Mumbai Indians how to build a team. No other franchise does as many fictitious auctions as the Indians of Mumbai. They choose players that no one has heard of. They go into a lot of detail.

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The former Indian all-rounder believes the Mumbai Indians are looking for talented young cricketers and turning them into great players. Irfan Pathan explained:

No one knew South Africa left-handed pitcher Marco Jansen, but they intended to have him. If anyone was aiming to get Hardik Pandya it was the Mumbai Indians when not many people knew him, we are talking about 2013. You can talk about Rahul Chahar. They punt young hitters and bowlers, give them confidence and make them great players. And they win after that.

Six players from Mumbai Indians (MI) are part of India’s T20 World Cup squad – Aakash Chopra

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Aakash Chopra pointed out that the Mumbai Indian team have a large number of talented cricketers and have contributed the most number of players to the Indian team in the 2021 T20 World Cup. Chopra has says:

If you take this team, there is Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah. The eleven playing, there were five Indian players and Rahul Chahar was seated. Thus, six players of this team are part of the Indian team of the T20 World Cup.

Additionally, Chopra called the Mumbai Indians “the best T20 team on this planet” and reckoned they could win a 5 game streak against a national team. The cricketer turned commentator said:

In my opinion, regardless of this season, they are the best T20 team on this planet when it comes to franchise cricket. You won’t get a better team than them, who do so well regularly and they will beat a national team if you play them five games against them.

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