Reliance Industries Limited purchased the rights for the Mumbai franchise of Indian Premier league for a total of 441 Cr ($ 112.9 m) during the auction on 24 January 2008. In what has been described by some as “the ultimate heights of laziness in name selection” and “like they chose the name by throwing darts on a wall” the franchise was eventually named the Mumbai Indians. While this is arguably a “tour de force” in ineptitude, the name does acknowledge that people from Mumbai are largely Indian, which in the club’s defence, is somewhat true. The RIL bid made the Mumbai Indians the most expensive franchise in the 2007 IPL auction. However the 2011 auction saw the Sahara Pune Warriors bought by Subroto Roy taking that title. The Mumbai Indians’ first team was unveiled on the 17th of April, 2008 in Mumbai.
2008 IPL season
The season got off to a nightmarish start for the Indians, having lost their captain Sachin Tendulkar to a hamstring injury. With Harbhajan Singh taking over as captain, the team proceeded to lose their first 4 matches of the tournament. After Singh’s suspension for hitting Sreesanth, Shaun Pollock assumed the leadership duties until Tendulkar’s return on 14 May. It was during this time that the team turned their fortunes around, putting together a 6 game winning streak and an opportunity to make the semi-finals. They were unable to take advantage of this opportunity as they lost 3 of their next 4 games, with the 3 losses occurring in very close affairs. All these three games were lost in the last ball of the match.The match between MI and Kings XI Punjab played on 21 May was considered to be the best of the season with Yuvraj Singh diving full length to run out the MI batsman in the last delivery of the match.The Indians finished with a record of 7 wins and 7 losses. Sanath Jayasuriya played a vital role in securing two important wins for the team.
Mumbai Indians were the most watched team on television in the first edition of the IPL tournament, totaling to 239 million viewers.This is no doubt a credit to the little master Sachin Tendulkar who has a great fan following throughout the world.After posting a revenue of 69 crore and expenditure of 85 crore, the first season left the owners with net loss of INR 16 crore and were expected to break even in the 2009 season.
2010 IPL season
During the IPL’s first auction for the year 2010, Mumbai Indians bought Westindian All rounder Kieron Pollard for $ 750,000, after a silent tie-breaker with Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kolkata Knight Riders.The team had a strong start after defending a total of 212 against the Rajasthan Royals in their first match and went on to beat Delhi Daredevils defending another 218.The team was supported by match-winning knocks from Tiwary,Rayudu and Tendulkar.However the Mumbai Indians crumbled to the Royal Challengers Bangalore for their first loss in 3 games.In their next game, Mumbai Indians restricted the Kolkata Knight Riders to a meagre 155.The Mumbai Indians chased this total with ease, as Sachin Tendulkar scored a blazing knock of 71 from 48 balls. It also won in the same fashion against Chennai Super Kings by Sachin Tendulkar, again playing a match-winning knock of 72 from 52 balls.They continued their winning streak by winning against the previous year’s champions, Deccan Chargers, due to an amazing knock of 49 from just 18 balls and a spell of 3-31, by Harbhajan Singh. They also beat Kings XI Punjab by 4 wickets, courtesy of Shikhar Dhawan, Saurabh Tiwary & Rajagopal Sathish. They also defeated the Deccan Chargers by 63 runs and won their 7th game out of the 9 games played . On 11/04/2010, Mumbai Indians beat Rajasthan Royals to become the first team in IPL 2010 to qualify for semi-finals. In their 12th game they defeated Delhi Daredevils and remained the table toppers with 18 points and a run rate of +1.12. In the 13th game Mumbai Indians Defeated Royal Challengers in their Home Ground in a match that was delayed due to a small intensity blast in the stadium premises. In the final league game Mumbai Indians rested their key players. Dwayne Bravo lead the game in absence of Sachin Tendulkar and they lost the game to Kolkata Knight riders by nine wickets. With 20 points they were at the top of the points table and played their first IPL semi-final with Royal Challengers Bangalore. They crushed their opponents in the semi finals despite losing Sachin Tendulkar for a single digit score, which happens to be his first single digit score this year in all forms of the game. They lost their first IPL final to Chennai Super Kings. They also qualified for Champions League Twenty20 2010 along with Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Sachin Tendulkar had an excellent IPL 2010, amassing 618 runs with a strike rate of 132.61. He won the orange cap for the tournament, which is awarded to the highest run scorer. He played an important role in bringing out young talent to the forefront in players like Saurabh Tiwary, Ambati Rayudu and Aditya Tare. Sachin Tendulkar also won the best batsman and the best captain awards in the IPL Awards 2010.
IPL 2011 Group Fixtures
Each Team will play 14 games. The team would be playing home and away matches with five teams, away matches with two teams and home matches with two teams.