Mumbai Indians are one of the most successful franchises in the competition. In fact, with five trophies to their name, no other team is actually close to them. In this article, we take a look at a unique piece of record in IPL history. Mumbai Indians are currently the holders of this record.
MI has always had a strong bowling attack
Although T20 cricket initially started out as a batsman’s game, over the years, bowlers have also emerged to have a massive impact on the proceedings. If you take a look at MI’s success graph, it has gone parallel with the rise in importance of bowlers in T20 cricket.
Out of the Top 10 wicket-takers in IPL history, four of them have played for the Mumbai Indians. Yuzvendra Chahal and Dwayne Bravo have taken lesser wickets with MI but Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh have picked most of their scalps in blue and gold. In fact, with 170 wickets, the Sri Lankan has got all his wickets representing Mumbai.
A unique piece of record in IPL history
Mumbai Indians hold the record of picking the most number of wickets in the first ball of an IPL inning. The serial winners have done it on record-eight occasions. MI usually dominates the powerplays and picking early wickets has been one of the primary strengths.
Of course, it is Lasith Malinga who is the dominant contributor to this record. He himself has picked three wickets on the first ball of an IPL inning while Bhajji has got it twice. Mayank Agarwal has been the most frequent victim, having lost his wicket on the very first ball of an IPL inning two times to Mumbai.
Amongst the other teams, Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings have all managed to achieve the feat on six instants. While RR and RCB have done it four times, CSK and SRH have enjoyed wickets on the first ball of an IPL inning three and one time respectively.
Mumbai Indians holds the Record of Picking most wickets in 1st ball of an IPL Inning (8 times) 💙
— S H E B A S (@Shebas_10) August 30, 2021
Most times picking Wicket in 1st ball of an IPL Inning (0.1 over)
8 – MI
6 – DC
6 – KKR
6 – PBKS
4 – RR
4 – RCB
3 – CSK
1 – SRH
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— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) August 30, 2021