After a moderate first couple of years in the IPL, the Mumbai Indians have grown into one of the tournament's powerhouse teams, culminating in winning their first-ever title last season.
But in order to become just the second side to defend the trophy, Rohit Sharma's men have some serious obstacles to overcome.
Last year's joint-leading wicket-taker, Mitchell Johnson, has signed for the Kings XI Punjab and the reassuring presence of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting has disappeared with both legends retiring from the game.
With the 2014 season imminent, let's take a look at how will the men in blue are shaping up ahead of the new campaign?
As part of Bleacher Report's extensive coverage of this season's Indian Premier League, this slideshow will preview the Mumbai Indians prospects this year.