IPL 2022 – Typical Mumbai Indians trend or should the fans be worried?

The 5-time champions Mumbai Indians kicked off their IPL 2022 journey yesterday, and after a valiant batting performance, the Rohit Sharma-led side had to slump to a 4 wicket loss to the Delhi Capitals, who showed how deep their batting strength lies. Obviously, some of the fans said that the first game defeat is a good omen for the Mumbai Indians, who have built a reputation for being a side who will lose the first few games, and then pick up consecutive wins afterward. One of the reasons for this is that the team tends to experiment with lineup combinations and once they lock in on the best 11, there is no stopping them.

One of the shining lights of the game for the Mumbai Indians was Ishan Kishan, who hit the ground running and showed a more mature approach to the innings as compared to previous seasons where he was known to be a bit reckless with his wicket. He partnered extremely well with skipper Rohit Sharma and the two of them built the innings, as is expected from a high-quality opening pair, and when Rohit Sharma was dismissed, it was Ishan (81*) who stayed put and scored those vitals runs that helped his side reach a defendable 177.

 

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When it was time to go out to bowl, is where we all witnessed the true issues that the team must address if they are to try and win the title.

Now, let’s just get it out there that Murugan Ashwin and Basil Thampi were the stand-out bowlers for the Mumbai Indians and they ensured that the Delhi Capitals were kept on the back foot for a while and even lost crucial wickets early. It is the bowlers around them who were the cause of concern.

Tymal Mills did scalp a wicket early on in his spell but was later punished by the Delhi batters. He was, however, punished by the batsmen and ended up giving 26 runs from three overs. This was still digestible since he had a wicket to his name. The major issues were with Daniel Sams and Jasprit Bumrah. The two bowlers looked completely off-color and leaked runs all over the park, which eventually caused their team to miss out on what looked like a sure-shot victory. Daniel Sams conceded a staggering 57 runs from 4 overs while Bumrah bowled 3.2 overs and conceded 43 runs. It was in his over that the Delhi Capitals signed off the game and walked away with all points.

 

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Now, Mumbai Indians fans will say that the loss in the first game is a good omen as the season has always gone well for Mumbai when they lose their first league game of the season, but we think that things are not as smooth as Mumbai would have liked them to be. The likes of Trent Boult and Marco Jansen would have been very effective in a situation like yesterday, but their failure to fight them in the mega auction is something that must be eating at the board at the back of their minds. Bumrah as a bowler has been figured out by batsmen these days and he will have to bring something extra to his arsenal if he is to retain his lethal status.

The second bit of worry for the Mumbai Indians is Ishan Kishan. He picked up a knock on his toe and was missing for the first few overs of the bowling to get scans done. He did return and was a strong presence behind the stumps, but if, god forbid, he does pick up an injury, the Mumbai Indians clearly lack a man-for-man replacement for him, especially considering they paid a whopping 15.5 crores to retain his services. Quinton de Kock is no longer part of the setup as he has moved to the Lucknow Super Giants and he is a player who will be dearly missed.

Finally, we have Kieron Pollard, who is still part of the team for that one good game he has. Personally, Mumbai should have prioritized retaining one of Trent Boult or Jansen over Pollard, because the big man is way past his prime, and unless he is a good luck charm for the team, there is no valid reason we can find for his inclusion.

Overall, the Mumbai Indians have a lot to think about in the next few days and hopefully, they will be able to pick up the form and start racking up those wins, because this time, there are no weak sides and no free points for grabs. Every game will be a battle and Mumbai will have to keep their core 11 fit if they are to stand any chance of progressing.