Mumbai Indians may have surpassed Chennai Super Kings in terms of IPL trophy count last season, but considering that CSK was prohibited from competing for two years, it is only this year that the mantle of the IPL’s most dominating team has really transferred to Rohit Sharma’s men. Mumbai Indians’ third title in four years has coincided with CSK’s elderly team failing to finish in the top four for the first time in the tournament’s history. But the 2020 season, and the club’s domination over the past four years, raises the question, “Has there ever been a more dominant squad in IPL history?”
To understand why, we must first examine how far ahead MI was of the competition’s second-best team and the tournament averages. While the Sunrisers Hyderabad finished somewhat better than MI in several bowing criteria in 2020, the champions were far ahead of the pack in terms of scoring runs. Mumbai’s pace attack took 28 wickets in the Powerplay at an average of 19.82 and a wicket every 16.9 balls, and they were the only side to surrender less than nine runs in the dying overs.
MI had never successfully defended their title before to this year. 2020 has been a season similar to what MI or any other championship-winning club has experienced. MI’s victory percentage of 68.75 put them 15.81 points ahead of their final opponents, the Delhi Capitals. Never before in an IPL season have the champions been so far ahead of the next best team in terms of victory percentage.
MI scored 0.99 runs per over more than most other opponents in 2020 and allowed 0.38 runs per over less. In impact, they outperformed other teams by 1.37 runs per over, making it a top winning team in a season.
Has there ever been a more dominant era for a club in the tournament’s 13-year history, with three title wins in four years? Chennai Super Kings (2010-2013) and Kolkata Knight Riders (2011-2014) are the two other strong teams who have won at least two titles in a four-year period.
Rohit Sharma, skipper of the Mumbai Indians, believes it’s hardly rocket science. These players are the result of a lot of hard work. Toutes les équipes avaient accès à ces players. All the squads have access to Quinton de Kock and Jasprit. As a result of our early investment, we were able to put our trust in them. The Mumbai Indians’ team management and scouts deserve a lot of credit for this. A lot of work has been put into making sure these guys are comfortable and supported. It’s not feasible to have a team like that in any other case. Every day, we’ve witnessed how this game changes and evolves. So, the player himself needs to adapt to the game’s changing dynamics. All these men are the best of the best.