Four-time Indian T20 League title winners Mumbai have built a superb core squad over the years. They have some dynamic all-rounders and well-acclaimed established players in the squad but a few names flew under the radar in their outfit for the 2020 edition of the Indian T20 League as and when it happens.
We consider three such underappreciated players in the Rohit Sharma-led team.
The wicket-keeper-batsman is not just a stable middle-order player but a classy striker of the ball, particularly against spinners. The southpaw is a wonderful strike rotator and is uber impressive with his strike rates and cameos in a line-up where there are more big-hitters and anchors.
Kishan was benched a lot last season but deserves to be in the scheme of things more given his ability to tonk the spinners at will.
A new recruit at Mumbai, Nathan Coulter-Nile is an underrated T20 player whose record speaks for itself. In 120 T20 games, Coulter-Nile has 140 wickets at an average of 23.38 and an economy under right. His batting strike rate is in the mid-130s and he packs a punch as a lower order batsman who can hit it big.
The last time he played an Indian T20 League season was in 2017, when he finished with 15 wickets at an average of 15.2 and a strike rate of 11. He will be a valuable addition to the Mumbai side, especially with Lasith Malinga on the wane.
A consistent member in the Mumbai line-up for the last few years, New Zealand's Mitchell McClenaghan isn't a globally approved T20 superstar. Yet, the left-arm pacer is a superb powerplay bowler and a brilliant wicket-taker.
In four of the five seasons he has played, McClenaghan has a strike rate less than 20. He also has 14 or more wickets in each of these four seasons, underlining his capabilities as a wicket-taking option even if he leaks a few runs.
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