IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians lost their opening game in 2013 under Ricky Ponting, jinx has continued for 8 years

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Indian Premier League: Defending champions Mumbai Indians have played not won a single opening fixture since 2013. Even though they have won five IPL titles since and the opening fixture jinx has continued for 8 years.

Mumbai Indians will be looking to win their 6th IPL title (Courtesy of BCCI)

Mumbai Indians will be looking to win their 6th IPL title (Courtesy of BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mumbai Indians have claimed the IPL title for a record five times
  • But they also have a jinx to be broken as they not won their opening fixture in 8 seasons
  • Mumbai Indians start their IPL 2021 campaign on April 9 by locking horns with RCB

Five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians will be looking to continue their winning ways as they get ready to defend their title once again in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in IPL 2021.

Rohit Sharma’s MI stretched the record for most IPL titles with their fifth win last year and will be looking to do the same in IPL 2021 to complete a hat trick of triumphs.

But Mumbai Indians, who won their first title 8 years ago, had lost their opening fixture that year under Ricky Ponting’s captaincy. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won their opening fixture at home by 2 runs against Mumbai. Interestingly, the captain of MI back in that game was Ricky Ponting and a young Jasprit Bumrah had made his IPL debut.

Since that game, the jinx has continued for Mumbai as they lost all 7 opening fixtures leading to the next one that is scheduled for April 9, against RCB in Chennai. IPL is returning home for the first time since the 2019 IPL.

Rohit Sharma will once again lead a well-set team that is all-embracing ahead of the new season. Last year they already achieved what they were looking for, to win the IPL in an even year, and will be eyeing another milestone as they look to make it a hat-trick of IPL titles this year.

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