While the most successful Indian Premier League side in history, Chennai Super Kings grappled with their share of controversies and bad press, defending champions Mumbai Indians were greeted with some good news from Kieron Pollard's bat. Out of action for the last six months, the burly West Indian all-rounder missed the ICC World T20 but returned to action with a big bang this week.
The West Indian power-hitter cracked a 169-ball 111 in the Carribean first class competition to lead Trinidad & Tobago to a 145-run win over Jamaica. It was his second match after being down with a knee injury.
Mumbai Indians look set to launch a strong defence of their title, which they won after a crushing victory over Chennai Super Kings last year. Without Sachin Tendulkar, who will be the team's icon this season, Mumbai will bank on skipper Rohit Sharma, Michael Hussey, Corey Anderson and Ambati Rayudu and Pollard to take the tournament by the scruff of its neck. Mumbai start versus former champions Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi on April 16. (Click here for IPL Fixtures)