After the completion of 6 games in IPL 11, Mumbai Indians have nothing else than pondering about why they aren’t able to get over the finishing line. They obviously are in a situation that none of their giant fan armies might have predicted, but it seems like their fate always puts them in the horrendous situation as they are in. As things stand, Rohit Sharma led outfit have managed only 1 win and stand only a place better than the bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils, with a better NRR. They can do nothing except thinking how they are going to repeat the heroics of some similar previous seasons.
How have they fared so far?
Despite losing 5 games out of first half-dozen their positive net run rate suggests that they haven’t done many things wrong. They have been scoring good runs and bowling good overs but the problem has been their lack of clinching of key moments in the game which wasn’t the case in previous similar seasons. Out of the five lost games, they took the game up to the extreme end in four occasions. The remaining one game against the Sunrisers was probably their best chance to get a couple of points on the board. The bowlers put an outstanding show restricting a less armored Sunrisers side to a below par 118, but the batsman ruined the rare opportunity by playing a pessimistic defensive game.
Where have they gone wrong?
The Mumbai Indians are probably the hardest team to analyze where they go wrong every time at the start of the season. They always build a flawless team with a mix of pure match winners and a well-scouted talented bunch of young stars. But, it’s ironical that they always find themselves in an extremely difficult position at the right start of the season. This season’s no different. They did a great job by retaining the core powerpack group of Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, The Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard. Moreover, the addition of new talents like Mayank Markande and Ishan Kishan and experienced T20 match winners like JP Duminy, Suryakumar Yadav, Ben Cutting has strengthened the team.
The biggest problem that MI are coping with at the moment is the lack of consistency from their experienced and proven match-winners. While the skipper himself is going through a bad patch with less than 150 runs in 6 games, the likes of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard have failed to be as instrumental as they were in the past. They both are struggling to connect the bat with the ball. It feels like rival teams have analyzed enough about them and the bowlers aren’t bowling much in their arc. In addition, the death bowling has not been up to the mark. With death bowling specialists like Bumrah and Mustafizur in his team, any captain would be sure that the opposition doesn’t have many chances but, both the bowlers have not been able to live up to their reputation. The team has conceded at more than ten runs an over in the death which is not always the case with Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai Indians will have to quickly find out where they are going wrong and address their issues until it’s too late. Nonetheless, with their reputation of bouncing back strongly in the latter stage of the season, the team management, and the blue army will have the faith that Mumbai Indians will surely surprise the fans this season as well, as the case has always been.