Mumbai Indians might have never imagined to be in a situation where they are treated as a team whom can be defeated with ease. After dominating every team season after season, Mumbai is facing the toughest season ever in this year IPL. Mainly, Rohit Sharma’s bad form and unique ways in getting out are hurting them badly.
Mumbai Indians this season are dependent on Rohit Sharma, Surya Kumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan with bat and Jasprit Bumrah with ball. Kieron Pollard has been hit and miss for last three seasons but he has been one of those highly feared players in T20 cricket and they wanted his experience to come handy.
For some reason, the entire team is not gelling as an unit. May be team could be missing their key players like Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya but most consistent players are still with Mumbai. On paper, the current Mumbai Indians team doesn’t look like a team that would lose nine matches out of 11 they have played. In their match against KKR, their fortunes have swung like pendulum. Jasprit Bumrah came up with one of the best ever spells in T20 cricket and returned with 5 for 10 in 4 overs, still bad umpiring decisions hampered their progress while batting and indecision creeped into their innings once Pat Cummins delivered a three wicket over.
Now, Mumbai Indians lost their key batsman Surya Kumar Yadav for hand injury and BCCI has asked to rest well to recover in time for ICC T20 WORLD CUP. Looks like they will either spoil some other teams’ chances or they will end their campaign with more embarrassment while few moments of personal glory courtesy Ishan Kishan or Rohit Sharma or Jasprit Bumrah will find some headlines. Team management needs to plan for next season with more holistic approach.