While a fifth place finish may not be a bad thing for most teams, it signalled a below par season for U Mumba last year since it was the first time in PKL history that they did not manage to reach at least the last four. Now heading into season five, U Mumba are looking to claim their second crown.
Mumbai is known as the City of Dreams and therefore it’s only fitting that their performances in the four seasons of the
Last year performance :
Having lost in the final in Seasons 1 and 3 while lifting the title in the second season, the team from Mumbai failed to qualify for the semis for the very first time in season 4. Out of their 14 league matches last year, Mumba uncharacteristically lost 6 games which condemned them to a 5th place finish. Last season, U Mumba suffered their first loss in their home leg during the league stage when Bengal Warriors trumped them 31-27 at the NSCI Stadium.
U Mumba at the 2017 Auction :
Following their dismal display last season, the Mumbai outfit went all out to bolster their offensive options and they did so by signing Kashiling Adake and bringing back Shabeer Bapu from the Jaipur Pink Panthers. Finally, they added some steel to their defence by signing Iranian defender Hadi Oshtorak.
Season V Squad-
Raider- Anup Kumar, Darshan Kadian, Kashiling Adake, Mohan Raman G, Nitin Madane, Shabeer Bapu, and Shrikant Jhadav
Defender- Suresh Kumar, Deepak Yadav, Joginder Narwal, N Renjith, and Surender Singh
All-rounders- Dong Ju Hong, E Subash, Kuldeep Singh, and Hadi Oshtorak.
Anup Kumar: The U Mumba skipper has been an indispensable part of their setup ever since the inception of the
The former Delhi raider was brought back to Mumbai for a reason and though he had a quiet season with Delhi last year, he has shown glimpses of his potential in the past, particularly in the encounter against the Telugu Titans in the second season. Kashiling scored a colossal 24 points during that home encounter en route to creating the record for the most points scored by a player in a single match. That record was subsequently equalled by Patna Pirates’ Pardeep Narwal in season 3. This year, Adake will look to form a potent partnership with skipper Anup Kumar as Mumbai look to unleash their raiders on their opponents.
Shabeer Bapu :
The inclusion of Bapu is aimed at reviving his glorious partnership with Anup Kumar when the duo helped Mumba to the finals of the tournament. But owing to two rather unimpressive seasons, there have been some doubts over his effectiveness going into the fifth season. However, if Bapu does manage to recreate his form from season 1, Mumbai, in all likelihood, can fancy their chances to lift the second
With the likes of Anup Kumar, Kashiling Adake, and Kashiling Adake in their ranks Mumbai inarguably
Given that season 5 of the
To conclude, it could easily be said that if previous records and consistency was anything to go by U Mumba would certainly be favourites to win their second
Date Fixture Stadium
July 28 MUM vs PUN Hyderabad
July 30 MUM vs HAR Hyderabad
Aug 5 MUM vs DEL Bengaluru
Aug 11 GUJ vs MUM Ahmedabad
Aug 18 UP vs MUM Lucknow
Aug 19 HYD vs MUM Lucknow
Aug 25 MUM vs JAI Mumbai
Aug 26 MUM vs PUN Mumbai
Aug 27 MUM vs DEL Mumbai
Aug 29 MUM vs GUJ Mumbai
Aug 30 MUM vs HAR Mumbai
Aug 31 MUM vs JAI Mumbai
Sep 6 KOL vs MUM Kolkata
Sep 9 PAT vs MUM Haryana
Sep 15 MUM vs GUJ Ranchi
Sep 22 DEL vs MUM Delhi
Sep 28 BLR vs MUM Delhi
Oct 1 CHE vs MUM Chennai
Oct 4 MUM vs HAR Chennai
Oct 7 JAI vs MUM Jaipur
Oct 14 PUN vs MUM Pune
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