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    What's new for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019

     Let's takes a look at what's new in the MI camp as they bid for a fourth IPL crown.
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    Let's takes a look at what's new in the MI camp as they bid for a fourth IPL crown.

    Three-times Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians will open their campaign in the tournament's 12th edition on Sunday in a home fixture against Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium.

    Zak, The Ripper
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    Zak, The Ripper

    MI have roped in former India spearhead Zaheer Khan as the director of cricket operations. He represented them in the IPL in 2009, 2010 and 2014, , claiming 29 wickets. So the 40-year-old has a fair idea of the high expectations. Zaheer is known to possess a sound head and this forte will be tested again as he goes about forming strategies.

    Yuvi rays can harm rivals
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    Yuvi rays can harm rivals

    MI surprised many observers by inducting the charismatic Yuvraj Singh into their squad for his base price of Rs 1 crore. Many wondered if that was the right call. But he can control the middle overs and can be handy with the ball.

    Can De Kock fire?
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    Can De Kock fire?

    Apart from Yuvraj, MI have roped in the hard-hitting South African keeper-batsman Quinton de Kock and allrounder Jayant Yadav, who were traded prior to the auctions. Pace bowler Lasith Malinga, their bowling mentor last season returns as a player. They have also picked young Indian performers — pacer Rasikh Salam and allrounder Pankaj Jaiswal. MI also spent a significant Rs 3.4 crore on pacer Barinder Sran.

    X-factors
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    X-factors

    Rasikh Salam: A teenage pacer from Kulgam district of South Kashmir, Rasikh is the the third Kashmiri cricketer to be part of the IPL, and the sole player from Kashmir, who was bought by an IPL team this year. The 17-year-old was called for trials by MI after the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He was bought for Rs 20 lakh, his base price.

    (Image: Irfan Pathan and Rasikh Salam. Photo Source: Twitter)

    Pankaj Jaiswal: The pace bowling all-rounder from Kangra district in HP was bought for Rs 20 lakh. He was the leading wicket-taker for HP in the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy, with ten dismissals in six matches. In the Ranji Trophy, Jaiswal had smashed a 16-ball fifty against Goa — the second fastest in history.

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