But this was not the case during the initial years, where in the first two editions the franchise struggled even to get out of the bottom half of the table. Things then steadily changed for them post 2009, as they finally started settling in into the top four bracket. It was under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma when the franchise tasted title success for the first time in 2013.
Even though Rohit as a captain has been the lucky charm for the team in the last few years, for a franchise to continuously maintain the top spot it has to perform as a team with all the players making valuable contributions.
And that certainly has been the case when it comes to the batsmen of the team. With top notch performances the Mumbai franchise batsmen have played a major role in the team’s success.
TimesofIndia.com here takes a look at the top run-getters for Mumbai Indians in the IPL over the last 12 editions:
Rohit Sharma – 3,728 runs in 143 matches
One of the most successful white-ball cricketers in world cricket at the moment, Rohit Sharma has tasted phenomenal success in the IPL. Since joining the franchise in 2011, Rohit has been one of the most consistent run-getters for the team. In the 143 matches that Rohit has represented MI in, the swashbuckling batsman has scored 3,728 runs and is currently the highest run-getter for the franchise. For Rohit, runs have come at a decent average of 31.86 where he as a top-order batsman, on most occasions has ensured that the team gets off to a flying start when batting first or while chasing. One of the most successful batsmen in the competition, Rohit has scored these runs at an impressive strike rate of over 130. He has scored 28 fifties in the tournament so far and is also among the select lot of players who have scored a century in the tournament
Kieron Pollard – 2,755 runs in 148 matches
West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard has been one of the most loyal soldiers in the MI Camp. Since his debut in the IPL in 2010, Pollard has been a core part of the team. From being a regular feature in the team’s XI, to captaining the side on rare occasions to being dropped for lack of performances and then to getting back and proving his worth, Pollard has seen it all in his 10-year stay at MI. To go with that, Pollard has handled the pressure of expectations from the franchise and fans very well. Along with batting and bowling, his almost superhuman fielding abilities make Pollard a rare gem in the MI squad. But it has been his batting prowess that makes Pollard really stand out. One of the most feared sloggers in the tournament, Pollard has 2,755 runs to his name in 148 matches for Mumbai Indians and that makes him the second highest all time run-scorer in MI. Even though Pollard does not have a ton to his name yet, the 14 fifties he has in the competition have been a delight and a treat to watch for the fans. The ruthlessness with which Pollard has handled the opposition bowlers makes him a top power-hitter in the competition. With a strike rate of 146.77, Pollard, when at his best, has caused absolute mayhem, helping MI attain consistent success
Ambati Rayudu – 2,416 runs in 114 matches
Since 2018, Ambati Rayudu has been a part of Chennai Super Kings camp, but the dynamic middle-order batsman had a long and fascinating journey with MI. Since making his IPL debut in 2010, Rayudu steadily became an integral part of MI and was with the team for 8 years. And during this period, Rayudu scored a significant number of runs, often ensuring crucial wins for his team. Rayudu, between 2010 and 2017 represented MI in 114 games, scoring 2,416 runs at an average of over 27, putting him third on the list of highest run scorers for the franchise. Even though Rayudu, during his stint with MI could not manage a ton, he went on to score 14 half-centuries with most of them being scored in a winning cause. With a strike-rate of over 126, Rayudu also scored those runs thick and fast, ensuring his team got to a decent score while batting first. While chasing, Rayudu was a composed batsman, who more often than not didn’t let the pressure get to him and was part of many successful chases during his stint with MI
Sachin Tendulkar – 2,334 runs in 78 matches
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, one of the strongest pillars of MI, even after his retirement, continues to be associated with the franchise. The mentor of the team, even without any compensation from the franchise, continues to be a guiding light for the team and its youngsters. And during his playing days, Sachin was one of the marquee players of the team, where for six years between 2008-13 he was one of the key batsmen of the team. During his stay at MI, the master blaster played a total of 78 matches, accumulating 2,334 runs, which puts him fourth on the list of all-time highest run scorers for MI. Runs for Sachin during this period also came at an impressive average of 34.83 where he managed 13 fifties and a century. The icon remained unbeaten on 11 occasions and has a highest score of 100 not out, which was scored against Kochi Tuskers Kerala (now defunct) in 2011
Lendl Simmons – 1079 runs in 29 matches
Lendl Simmons has not been a part of IPL since 2018, but the top-order batsman was a crucial part of the MI set up between 2014 to 2017. The Trinidadian, during his stint in the competition, was a lethal weapon in MI’s armoury and was on most occasions amongst the runs for the franchise. The dashing right-hander represented MI in just 29 matches, but scored 1,079 runs to take the fifth place on the batting charts for most runs for MI in the IPL so far. The swashbuckling batsman opened the innings for MI on most occasions and ensured that his team got off to a brisk start. Scoring runs at an average of 39.96, Simmons was one of the most consistent batsmen and even registered a century, along with 11 fifties. With a strike rate of over 126, Simmions, during his tenure at MI also smacked 153 boundaries which included 109 fours and 44 sixes.