3 Reasons why Mumbai Indians can’t defend their IPL title in 2020
Mumbai Indians are the current IPL champions.
Updated - Aug 27, 2020 12:08 pm
2. The dismal record of Rohit Sharma the batsman and captain in UAE
There is no doubt Rohit Sharma today is one of the best white-ball players in the world. There is hardly anyone as destructive as Rohit Sharma when he is set. His ability to hit sixes at will is something that sets him apart from a lot of other good batsmen. He has also been one of the biggest success stories of the IPL having won the emerging player award in 2009 and then going to not only represent India successfully for more than a decade but also winning 4 IPL trophies with the Mumbai Indians.
But if there is one blemish on Sharma’s IPL record, that is the is 2014 leg of the IPL which was played in the UAE. Sharma and Mumbai Indians had an absolutely horrendous time in the UAE with Mumbai losing all their 5 games while Rohit Sharma was able to muster up only 84 runs in 5 innings at a mediocre strike-rate of 110 and average of just 16.8. He struggled massively against spin and pace alike and his captaincy was all over the place.
While that was 6 years ago, and things are quite different today with Sharma a much better batsman and captain, his weakness against wrist spin is well known, and on the tough pitches of UAE where the ball is likely to turn a lot, it could be a massive problem for Rohit Sharma. It is also a fact that the way players and teams associate certain grounds and venues to be lucky for them, they carry the unpleasant memories of the grounds they lost in as well.
That will be a big factor going into the tournament for Mumbai and if they get off to a losing start once again, it could get really tricky for them.