10 facts about Mumbai Indians

Owned by Mukesh Ambani is it surprising that MI is the most expensive IPL team?

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Mumbai Indians

1. Most expensive team

The Mumbai Indians was sold to Reliance Industries for $112 million, making them the most expensive team in the league.

2. Richest owners

Sold to Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited for $112 million, the Mumbai Indians were the most expensive of the eight IPL franchises. Ambani’s Reliance Industries is a Forbes 500 company, and India’s second most valuable firm. Beyond RIL’s primary business concern – petrochemicals - Ambani himself has a wide range of business interests, having served on the board of directors for the Bank of America Corporation and as a board member for the Council of Foreign Affairs.

3. All in the name

Also know as MI, Mumbai Indians, as the name suggests, is the team representing the city of Mumbai, or Bombay, as it was previously known.

4. Home ground

Home ground for the Mumbai Indians is the curiously named Wankhede Stadium (pronounced Wonkh-ar-dae please!)

5. First IPL win

The team won their first IPL title in 2013, by defeating Chennai Super Kings and then went on to win the Champions League Twenty20. 

6. Vun tai slap (one tight slap)

In 2008, stand-in captain, Harbhajan Singh was suspended from the tournament for reportedly slapping Sreesanth during Mumbai's league match against Kings XI Punjab.

7. Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar is Mumbai’s icon player. In the IPL four players have been named icon players, which mean these players cannot play for any team other than their city team. The four icon player are also entitled to earn 15% more than the next-best paid player in their teams.

8. Most-watched team on television

Mumbai Indians were the most watched team on television in the first season of the IPL, raking in around 240 million viewers.

9. Hrithik Roshan

Flexi legs Hrithik Roshan was roped into doing a promotional video campaign for the team which had their motto 'Duniya Hila Denge Hum' or in English ‘We will rock the world.’ The team’s original logo was a razor and their original name was meant to be Mumbai Razors, which Sachin Tendulkar quickly changed to Mumbai Indians. And thank goodness for that!

10. Kit makers

The Mumbai Indians’ kit was earlier made by sports manufacturing giant Adidas but in 2015, Performax, an in-house brand of Reliance Trends, replaced Adidas as its kit partner.

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