IPL 2020: From Surya’s ‘Main Hoon Na’ to Rohit’s final masterclass

Mumbai Indians were head and shoulders above the chasing pack at IPL 2020 and it was not much of a surprise to see Rohit Sharma’s men lifting the trophy on November 12. Barring the blip against Chennai Super Kings in their opening game and a 10-wicket defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last league game, Mumbai played like champions in the UAE.

From not managing a single win in 5 matches when they played in the UAE in 2014, to bossing oppositions in 2020, Mumbai Indians completed the Middle-East challenge and established themselves as one of the greatest T20 sides, if not the greatest in world cricket.

Like head coach Mahela Jayawardene said, Mumbai Indians did not win the Orange Cap or the Purple Cap but walked away with the big trophy, brushing aside challenges from the rest of the teams at IPL 2020.

Here are 5 of the most memorable moments from Mumbai Indians’ 5th title-winning campaign in the IPL.

Captain Rohit Sharma delivers on the big day

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There were concerns over his hamstring injury. The senior national team selectors did not pick him in any of the 3 India squads for the Australia tour. On the eve of the final, the BCCI announced that Rohit Sharma would be part of the Test squad but he would be rested from the limited-overs leg to give him enough time to recover from the injury.

Rohit Sharma looked out of touch since his comeback from the injury, managing scores of 4 and 0.

However, when it came to the big final, Rohit was on top gear. While he was switched on as captain, marshalling his troops well to restrict the Delhi Capitals for 156, Rohit delivered the knockout punch with the bat.

As early as the first over of the chase, Rohit made his intentions clear by stepping out and lofting R Ashwin over the long-on fence. Elegant pull shots and cut shots followed as the MI skipper made the highest score by a Indian captain in an IPL final — 68. Rohit got out in the 17th over of the chase but the damage was done.

Jasprit Bumrah shows who’s the boss

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Jasprit Bumrah broke quite a few records despite starting IPL 2020 on a rusty note. He went on to pick up 27 wickets, the most by an Indian bowler in an edition of the IPL. He delivered umpteen match-winning performances but the most memorable of them all came in the Qualifier 1 against the Delhi Capitals.

Jasprit Bumrah was breathing fire with the new ball along with his partner-in-crime Trent Boult. Delhi Capitals were chasing 201 for a spot in their maiden final but their hopes of taking the shorter route to the title match came down crashing.

Boult removed Prithvi Shaw and Ajinka Rahane in the first over after which Jasprit Bumrah took the new ball from the other end. The India pacer came up with arguably the ball of IPL 2020 when he hit the boot of Shikhar Dhawan before the ball crashed into the stumps.

In his 2nd over, Bumrah won a mini-battle with DC captain Shreyas Iyer who began the over by hitting a boundary. Bumrah immediately bowled a fuller over, inviting Iyer to drive. The trap was set as a short-cover fielder was in place and Iyer hit it straight to that man. Job done.

After 2 overs in the powerplay, Bumrah came back to end a 92-run stand between Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel that was starting to look threatening. As usual, captain Rohit sought the help of his strike bowler and Bumrah delivered by castling Stoinis’s stumps with a peach of an in-dipper in the very first ball of his 3rd over. Bumrah hit the final nail in the coffin by removing Daniel Sams in the same over.

Bumrah finished with his career-best figures of 4/14 in 4 overs.

Main Hoon Na – Suryakumar Yadav

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Suryakymar Yadav’s IPL 2020 performances warranted him a place in the India squad for the Australia tour. But his wait continued as the senior selectors overlooked him for a spot in the white-ball squads.

Suryakumar Yadav put behind the disappointment and played a match-winning knock — probably one of the most memorable moments of IPL 2020 — the very next day against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The heated staring games with RCB captain Virat Kohli did not distract Suryakumar Yadav from his mission. The MI star single-handedly led the chase of 166 after Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan failed to convert their starts in the absence of Rohit Sharma.

In a stroke-filled knock of 79 from just 43 balls, Suryakumar led his bat do the talking as he made a statement a day after his India team snub.

After hitting the winning runs, Suryakumar took off his helmet and came up with a gesture, seemingly reassuring the Mumbai Indians dug-out that he was always going to care of the chase — Main Hoon Na!

Rohit Sharma helps raise a few eyebrows

Rohit Sharma’s hamstring injury kept him out of action at IPL 2020 for a couple of games. It was expected that the MI skipper would rest for the remainder of the tournament in order to get fit and travel to Australia with the India squad.

Speculation was rife that Rohit Sharma’s injury was more serious than it initially appeared to. However, Mumbai Indians added to the confusion by posting videos of Rohit hitting the ball cleanly hours after he was not named in the India squads on October 26.

However, in the lead up to their final league game against Sunrisers on November 3, it was Rohit Sharma and not stand-in captain Kieron Pollard who walked out for the toss, helping raise quite a few eyebrows in Sharjah.

He was asked at the toss if everything was fine with him. The reply was straightforward: “Yeah, looks like that”.
It certainly looks like that after his knock in the final

Revenge served: MI thrash CSK by 10 wickets

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Mumbai Indians had begun their IPL 2020 campaign on a wobbly note, losing to arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings in Dubai. It was their 6th straight loss in the UAE after they lost 5 on the trot during IPL 2014.

However, when the two sides met later, it was time for payback. Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult jolted the CSK top-order, leaving MS Dhoni’s side reeling at 3 for 4, 21 for 5 before the 3-time champions were restricted to 114 for 9, thanks to a Ravindra Jadeja fifty that rescued the Men in Yellow.

Mumbai Indians dominated with the bat too as Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan tore into the CSK bowling unit and gunned down the target in just 12.2 overs.

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