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IPL 2018: 5 players who Mumbai Indians should axe

While some of these players failed to live up to the expectations, few didn't get enough opportunities to prove their worth.

Saurabh Tiwary of the Mumbai Indians
Saurabh Tiwary of the Mumbai Indians. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Mumbai Indians (MI) failed to defend their title once again as they were crashed out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after a heartbreaking loss against the Delhi Daredevils (DD). While they only needed a victory to go through to the playoffs, the batting imploded against the leg-spinners and succumbed to the pressure while chasing a steep total. But they will be cursing the last over losses earlier in the season which they should’ve won and the performances of few of their gun players who never put their hands up when the team needed the most.

Moreover, the skipper Rohit Sharma could not lead from the front and it was the first time in the history of the IPL that he failed to score more than 300 runs. Even the likes of Kieron Pollard and the Pandyas never played in full flow which didn’t help the cause of the three-time champions. They would be eager to resurrect the issues soon and come back stronger next year to lay hands on the coveted trophy for the fourth time.

Here we bring you the 5 players who Mumbai should axe:

1. JP Duminy

JP Duminy
JP Duminy (Photo credit should read MICHAEL SHEEHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

JP Duminy was somewhat a mismatch in this line-up. He was never going to get an opportunity in the first XI and when he was included in the team, the left-hander had to bat at 7 or even at 8 sometimes. Only once he batted in the middle-order and failed to impress. It felt as if Duminy was in the team only to make up the numbers and sadly couldn’t play a significant role for his side. The franchise might drop him ahead of the next season and bring in a specialist bowler as they lacked in that department this year.

Duminy could score only 36 runs in four outings and more importantly failed to up the ante when he got the chance to bat up the order in a game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He also rolled his arms for a couple of overs in the same encounter. There is no place for him in the top of the order for him currently in the squad and he needs some time to get his eye in before tonking the ball. It is better for him as well to find a new team where he could be more useful.

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