The Indian Premier League has been one of the World’s most lucrative T20 leagues across the globe since its introduction in 2008. Big names across the globe including Indian players over the years have made a big impact. However, apart from the well-known players, there have been many unknown faces who left a mark in the league and have turned out to be assets for the Indian team. The marquee tournament over the years has opened doors for many young players to prove and show their mettle to the world. It is because of the IPL that players who debut for the country play fearless cricket and express themselves.
2 Indian players who have scored centuries for Mumbai Indians in IPL history
It’s fair to say that one of the prime reason for the success of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been Mumbai Indians. Not only they have won five titles in the league but they have produced some brilliant talents, who are currently the mainstay of the Indian Cricket Team these days. So far only two centuries have been scored by Indian players for Mumbai Indians in the league and in this piece we take look at them.
Sachin Tendulkar – 100*
Sachin Tendulkar was the first player who scored a century for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Known as the God of Cricket, the former skipper of the franchise has played a staggering role in the success of the franchise. He achieved the feat when he in 2011 slammed a ton against now-defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerela at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. He scored unbeaten 100 runs in 66 balls and batted with a strike rate of 151.51. He scored 12 fours and 3 sixes in the innings but he wasn’t lucky as his team lost the game.
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Rohit Sharma – 109*
The most successful IPL skipper Rohit Sharma is the second Indian player who has scored a century for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. The right-hander has been one of the best batters to have played in the league. He is amongst the leading run-getters in the tournament and has been one of the main reasons behind the franchise’s success in the league. He achieved the feat in the game against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2012 at Eden Gardens. Coming to bat No.3, Rohit batted with a strike rate of over 181.66 and smashed 12 fours and 5 sixes in the game. His innings helped MI win the game by the margin of 21 runs.