MI lighting up America! Bumrah, Hardik, RO conquer NYC, Thushara’s four-star Dallas show

By Mumbai Indians

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 has left no stone unturned in giving us some exciting games, and all the credit goes to our Mumbai Indians stars at the tournament just shining through.. 

Rohit Sharma

Rohit ‘Hitman’ Sharma is already enjoying the first part of the T20 World Cup adventure in America, having begun with a milestone-laden half-century against Ireland and then master-planning the come-from-behind victory over arch-rivals Pakistan. At present, the Indian captain is second on the run-charts for the team with 65 runs in two games (which included a solid match-winning fifty against Ireland), at a strike rate of 132.65.

Hardik Pandya

The MI skipper, Hardik Pandya, is confidently proving his significance to India’s title challenge for the T20 World Cup 2024. HP has been vital with the ball - claiming five wickets in two outings, and is coming fresh from bagging 2/24 against Pakistan. If you are eagerly awaiting his explosive batting prowess, rest assured, the party is only getting started.

Jasprit Bumrah

The mercurial BOOM BOOM is playing international T20 cricket after almost a year, but with the kind of performances he’s put in, it seems like he was never away! From the trademark run-up to those in-swing bullets, Bumrah has staked his authority as the flagbearer of India’s title hopes. He is the joint-best economical bowler with five or more wickets at T20 World Cup 2024 (5 wickets, econ of 2.85) with West Indies’ Akeal Hosein (6 wickets, econ of 2.85). After his exploits against Pakistan, where every ball was a masterclass and just gold dust in the defence of a small total, he’ll now be raring to go out and up the ante against the USA and Canada.

Suryakumar Yadav

Aapla Dada Surya, has had a quiet start with scores of 2 and 7 from India’s meetings against Ireland and Pakistan in Group A. His role in the top order is crucial for India's success, and his ability to score quick runs is a game-changing asset for the Men in Blue. We know that. SKY is hungry, and come the business end of the tournament, he’s all set to peak and soar.

Nuwan Thushara

The Sri Lankan pace machine has carried his blistering MI form into the T20 World Cup and is in high spirits following an impressive four-wicket haul (4/18) against Bangladesh in Dallas. He is currently at the forefront of the Lankan bowling order in the competition with five wickets and will be eager to crack the whip on the Nepal batters in the upcoming fixture.

Mohammad Nabi

Afghanistan are the surprise package this year, and as you may expect, Mohammad Nabi has his share of valuable input to the cause. The all-rounder’s 14* and tight bowling helped his side assert a commanding triumph over Uganda, and he would pocket 2/16 against New Zealand. Afghanistan are flying high in Group C, and Nabi will look to continue being a catalyst in the upcoming meeting against co-hosts West Indies.

Romario Shepherd

Romario may have taken just two wickets so far, but from the point of view of the game, it has fit well with the ethos of striking while the iron is hot. The West Indies will face their first big test of the T20 World Cup against a high-flying Afghanistan, and MI fans can manifest a confident and enterprising player battle between Blue and Gold team-mates Romario Shepherd and Mohammad Nabi.

Tim David

Aussie star Tim David has had a relatively quiet start to the T20 World Cup with Australia, as he has been dismissed for scores of 9 (run out vs Oman) and 11 (caught dismissal vs England). He honestly hasn’t had much of an opportunity. The 2021 winners have the games against Scotland and Namibia to seal a Super Eight spot, and they will pin their hopes on Tim Bhau to go all guns blazing with the bat in the middle order.