In the year that has been riddled with myriad setbacks, it comes as great news for all cricket nerds across the globe as the cash-rich league has hit the floors in the United Arab Emirates amidst the coronavirus conundrum.
While the Indian Premier League has stepped into the third week ever since its commencement, fans have been completely mesmerized with the quality of competitive cricket displayed by the greats of the game. Drooling over the batsman’s exploits, fans have found it treacherous to control their emotions as a plethora of matches have gone down to wires.
Taking a cue from exemplary performance, this article sheds light on Mumbai Indians which is synonymous to endeavours and assiduousness. The only team in the history of IPL to cling the coveted trophy four times experienced hiccups at the start of the 13th edition of the T20 extravaganza.
Although, the team showcased the propensity of mental stiffness and made a strong comeback with thumping victories against tough oppositions, a serious set of drawbacks continues to hover over the star-studded side which can snatch the title away from them.
So, without any further ado, let us delve into the conundrum:
1. Batting slow down in the middle overs
Without a shadow of a doubt, Mumbai Indians has always boasted some of the most powerful nukes in their arsenals. Carrying truckloads of experience, myriad of legends have donned the blue jersey and stamped an indelible mark for the team.
Off late, the team treasures a marvellous set of power-hitting batsmen who can do wonders when dropped a willow in their hands. Featuring in this list are the likes of Kieron Pollard, Ishan Kishan and Pandya brothers who can take the scoreboard on fire at their will.
However, the southpaws appear to be in off colours in the ongoing season. The Men-in-blue have struggled to convert the phenomenal start into big scores due to ordinary display of strokes in the middle overs.
In the latest match against Rajasthan Royals, the swashbucklers could manage to score only 30-odd runs in between 12th to 16th overs raising inevitable questions on the captain Rohit Sharma and his knights. Hence, the team management needs to throw light on this realm in order to cross the line of triumph.
2. Preference is given to batting first
In what can come as a surprise is the fact that Mumbai Indians is yet to win a match chasing a whopping target posed by the mighty opponents. Positioned at the top of the points-table, the team decked with skilful players has not been tested to display their aggressive woodwork in the second innings of the match.
The prolific side batted second against the powerful Royal Challengers Bangalore outfit. However, the steel-hearted soldiers ended up on the losing side as the Ishan-Kishan show of 99 runs went into vein owing to Saini’s heroics with the ball in the Super Over.
Hence, the team needs to face a reality check with the bat in the second innings. Considering the mounting pressure of scoreboard along with terrific tearaway pacers of the opposition team, it will be exciting to watch out whether the blue troupes can sail the boat in the direction of triumph or the boat sinks.
3. Not a strong bench if a bowler gets injured
The bowling department led by Jasprit Bumrah makes the blue outfit look ruthless in the true sense of the term. Taking a run-up with a no-mercy approach, pacers have a wide array of nukes in their armour.
Members of the swanky club who can click 145 kmph on a regular basis are the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan and James Pattinson. They are supported by all-rounders in the form of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard who can control the scoreboard with their rare bowling craft.
However, what can turn out to be a cause of concern is the lack of quality players who are warming the benches currently. The team management may be seen twiddling their fingers and scratching their heads if any of the exorbitant bowlers face unfortunate injuries when the tough competition narrows down in the coming weeks.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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