Hardik Pandya to bat up the order, Rohit Sharma to open the innings feels Sanjay Manjrekar
The Mumbai Indians have been let down by some of their senior player this season.
Published - Apr 28, 2018 3:46 pm | Updated - Apr 28, 2018 3:46 pm
When Mumbai Indians takes the field on Saturday, they will have an uphill task of beating Chennai Super Kings. They find themselves in a position from where they will have to win almost all their matches to qualify for the playoff rounds. The reigning champions have failed to perform up to the mark which has resulted in 5 losses out of 6.
The side has failed to pick the best XI going into the matches. According to Sanjay Manjrekar, one of the commentators in the Indian Premier League felt that he has failed to understand the batting order of Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians.
Hardik Pandya’s batting position not correct
Manjrekar said that all-rounder Hardik Pandya needs to bat at higher positions than what he has done in the tournament. According to Manjrekar, the teams are obsessed with the left hand and right-hand combination. Manjrekar felt that If Hardik bats higher, Mumbai Indians will have few more runs. Manjrekar was talking to PTI where he had opined that It was DD’s batting which had let down the side and not the leadership of Gautam Gambhir.
“Hardik Pandya has to bat up the order. There is too much obsession with having left and right-hand combination, thereby Hardik is batting at number seven in the last 3-4 games. He could be your number 4-5, so there could be more onus on Hardik as a batsman,” Manjrekar told PTI.
Manjrekar also felt that Rohit Sharma should be the one to open the innings along with West Indian Evin Lewis. According to the former India batsman after trying a number of players as an opener along with Lewis, Rohit Sharma should be his partner. “They have got Evin Lewis who is opening and they have tried a few other options, but I have not understood their batting order. There is no harm at all in having Rohit Sharma. I thought he would open in the last match as it makes a lot of sense,” said Manjrekar.