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IPL 2022 – Who can follow Rohit Sharma as the next Mumbai Indians captain?

Rohit Sharma, one of the most successful leaders in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has been a key figure for the Mumbai Indians (MI) since 2011. MI won their first IPL trophy in his first season as captain in 2013, and have a total of five titles to their credit. However, the team’s current season has been a disappointment, as they have lost eight consecutive games and are currently winless.

Rohit’s batting average has dropped this season, as he has only 153 runs in eight innings at an average of 19.13. He has also been allowed to head the Indian squad in all formats of the game in 2022. India has won both bilateral series against Sri Lanka and the West Indies with resounding victories.

Although Rohit has performed admirably as India’s captain, he has failed to capitalize on the opportunity to improve his batting prowess. Furthermore, if MI fails in IPL 2022, he may be forced to relinquish his captaincy in the competition to focus on his India tenure.

In this article, we look at a few worthy candidates who can follow Rohit Sharma as the next Mumbai Indians captain.

Number 1. Ishan Kishan

 

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Ishan Kishan, the swashbuckling top-order hitter, was the most expensive pick in the IPL 2022 mega auction. He began the current season with an undefeated knock of 81 from 48 balls, and he was instrumental in helping the club score a strong total. A lot was expected of him with this knock, but he has not been able to contribute enough to the squad.

Kishan’s last three innings are numbered 8, 0, and 13, indicating his failure to get the team off to a solid start as well as his loss of confidence. He has allowed 199 runs in eight innings and has a strike rate of 108.15. His finest IPL performance for MI came in the 2020 season when he scored 516 runs at a strike rate of 145.76.

Despite not being at his best, he is a prospect for the organization because of his wicket-keeping ability. He is still young, but he can fill Rohit Sharma’s shoes, which might catapult him to greatness in the coming years.

 

Number 2. Jasprit Bumrah

 

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Jasprit Bumrah, a fast bowler from Gujarat, made his MI debut in 2013. However, it was in 2016 that he gained the attention of the cricketing community. His India debut was a triumph, as he took numerous wickets in both the ODI and T2OI against Australia. In the same IPL season, he took 15 wickets in 14 matches with an economy rate of 7.80.

Since then, Bumrah has been a reliable wicket-taker at crucial periods for the club, both in the powerplay and in the death overs. His finest performance in the tournament came in 2020, when he took 27 wickets in 15 matches at an economy of 6.73, assisting MI to their fifth title.

Bumrah was the Indian team’s vice-captain in the ODI series against South Africa in 2022. The selectors chose him for this post because of his experience and to develop him as a future leader. Similarly, Bumrah may be given a chance with the MI team in the coming season.

 

Number 3. Suryakumar Yadav

 

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Suryakumar Yadav, one of the most seasoned combatants in the current lineup, is another excellent candidate for the captaincy. He made his domestic debut in the 2010-11 season and has been a standout for the Mumbai stateside. Yadav was acquired by MI in 2018, which proved to be a watershed moment in his career.

In his first season with MI, he hit over 500 runs and was recognized by the cricket community. Yadav then backed it up with 424 and 480 runs in the consecutive editions, which contributed significantly to the team’s title victories. He had an ordinary season in 2021, allowing 317 runs in 14 innings.

Yadav joined the squad late in the season, but he has made an effort to contribute consistently. In six innings, he has allowed 239 runs at a strike rate of 151.27 and an average of 47.80. With a solid showing in his first two matches for the Indian squad, he is expected to be a potential captaincy contender for the Mumbai Indians.