Sometimes I feel that my hate for Mumbai Indians is more than my love for the other teams! Actually the thing is... I hate Mumbai Indians for 4 reasons... (It was 3 for so many years, I just made up one now!)
1. MI (Mumbai Indians, not Mission: Impossible! Though you can exchange those terms!) is owned by Ambanis, whom I hate! Advertising and management students may call it the 'halo effect', but I don't care!
2. MI has Sachin Tendulkar, who I feel is the most hyped player in the world!
Damn it, why doesn't he just retire and give other youngsters a chance? At the end of the 2007 Word Cup, he said he may not play the 2011 WC... But here he is ready to play that too!!!
Even the IPL 2010 final match versus Chennai Super Kings, he played with an injury... I don't see it as heroic. Instead if he hadn't played, some youngster who would've played better perhaps, or Jayasuriya/Bravo could've been given a chance!
Even his captaincy in that match is questionable... Sending Bhajji at 4, Pollard at 8!!!
Anyway, Pollard and therefore Mumbai Indians and Tendulkar too got their due... Everyone saw how Pollard did not give Rayudu a chance to bat, because he wanted the strike all the time... And then Rayudu's wicket... Rayudu got out just because Pollard forced him to... I believe if Rayudu had stayed on, MI would've had a chance! Teamwork, anyone?
And as to Sachin's credentials about being a world class player: any cricket player (even a gully-cricket playing one) will tell you that when a fielder takes a catch close to the ground, he knows if it has bounced on the ground before landing in his hands or if he has directly taken the catch... In the semi-finals of the 2010 IPL against RCB, everyone saw the (missed) catch he took of Dravid... He appealed for a wicket, when I, who was sitting in the confines of my living room, could see that it was grassed before he took the catch... How could he even appeal for a catch?! Disgusting! I say it's proper judgment that he tore his webbing on that catch itself!
3. It's Bombay, not Mumbai! (Just my way of revolting in a small way against the local fascist political parties)
4. (Which I made up right now) Their team name reeks of groupism! I understand it's an Indian tournament and all but what about the global implications? You don't see other teams with such 'selfish' names (if I can call it that!) It's as if MI is not recognising the presence of the foreign players at all! Mumbai Indians indeed... If you play so greedily and selfishly, I believe the team name is an insult to all Indians!
I know very well that I may be called an anti-national or even a traitor for this post... Well... You can call me what you want!