In a recent development, the trio of Daren Ganga, Freddie Wilde and host Yas Rana in the second episode of Wisden and CricVizs new podcast- The Greatest T20- have picked Mumbai Indians (MI) as the greatest ever T20 side in the history of T20 cricket.
Wisden quoted Ganga as saying that “a vast selection of teams were discussed, from the double-World T20-winning West Indies side, to Pakistan’s Sialkot Stallions to Chennai Super Kings” but “Mumbai’s recent dominance, their style of play which resembles the West Indies’ approach to the T20 format –and the entertainment factor makes the Rohit Sharma-led side the greatest-ever T20 team.”
“I would choose Mumbai Indians… Again, the entire discussion, we’ve been analysing teams on different fronts. And two other areas which I think Mumbai Indians will trump any other franchise team is in terms of value and net worth. If you look at what this Mumbai Indians team is worth, it’s mind-boggling. They are worth about $115 million. And you compare that to any other franchise team in the world, I don’t think anyone matches it. The closest one would be Chennai Super Kings,” the former Windies batsman added.
MI defeated CSK in a thrilling IPL final last season to become the most successful team in the league. This was their fourth title, eclipsing CSK’s three.
“The other aspect that I want to mention is the entertainment value. For me, West Indies is very entertaining to look at in the T20 format of the game. Freddie spoke about it ? The ability to hit boundaries, the athleticism, the carefree and fearless manner in which they play the game must be significant in this analysis. Mumbai Indians, as well, with their fan following and their style of play, there is a component of West Indian element in them.
“You think about, over the years, Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Sherfane Rutherford and Evin Lewis as well. So in conclusion, after analysing all teams on points of recent dominance, quality of the opposing teams, performances, leadership and on the points of entertainment value and the following, I would conclude Mumbai Indians be the greatest T20 side, followed by the West Indies,” Ganga reasoned.
Wilde though begged to differ and said that while results go with Mumbai, for him personally CSK should get the honour of being the greatest T20 side due to their dominance and ability to stay on top over a period of time.
However, Mumbai was finally chosen for the title since they had an additional IPL title to their credit.