Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in the competition. They have won four titles; one ahead of the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings. Recently, former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir revealed the success mantra of the Rohit Sharma-led side.
Meanwhile, Mumbai’s graph witnessed a steep rise after Rohit took over the leadership baton in 2013. Prior to that in the first five seasons, Mumbai Indians reached the finals only once. Ever since Mumbai have won the IPL trophy every alternate year. Under Rohit Sharma, they lifted their maiden IPL title in 2013, followed by triumphant campaigns in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Speaking on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports, Gautam Gambhir credited Mumbai’s ability to take tough decisions as the reason behind their success. According to Gambhir, appointing Rohit Sharma at the helm of the team was a tough call but it paid rich dividends.
“They don’t take emotional decisions. They take practical decisions and in sports, when you’re making a strong decision, there shouldn’t be any place for emotions,” Gambhir said.
Furthermore, Gautam Gambhir added that Mumbai Indians’ ability to find talents is also a key reason behind their success. Notably, Mumbai have picked the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Pandya brothers from nowhere, who have gone on to deliver the good for their side consistently.
“If you see, dropping Ricky Ponting as a captain, giving it to Rohit Sharma,” Gambhir expressed. “Plus, I think their scouts have been absolutely phenomenal. Picking Jasprit Bumrah from nowhere, picking Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya from nowhere. We don’t give enough credit to the scouts. Look at what they’ve achieved. Look at their squad… I think theirs is the strongest squad that’s ever been in any IPL so far,” he concluded.