IPL 2021: 3 Changes Mumbai Indians should make to get back to winning ways
MI's next match is against KKR on Thursday (23 September).
Updated - Sep 20, 2021 4:46 pm
Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) kicked off the 14th edition of the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL). As usual, the match had everything twists, turns, and a lot of cricketing action. While many predicted MI to win the match due to their past two years record, CSK this time came on top, winning the match by 20 runs.
MI were without their skipper Rohit Sharma for the match, and that reflected in the batting performance as the team could only get to 136. Although Sourabh Tiwary remained unbeaten on 50, he could not quite get support from the other end, which could have helped MI come closer to the target. This bitter loss yet again proves that MI’s slow-starting problem is still not gone. Although it is not the start of the season, it is still yet the first match of the second half of the IPL.
MI are currently placed fourth on the points table with four wins from right games. Knowing how good a side they are, the five-time IPL champions will find ways to bounce back. Their next match is against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Thursday (23 September), and the team would love to have players Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya among the mix.
Here are the three changes that MI need to make to get back to winning ways:
1. Rohit Sharma for Anmolpreet Singh
Rohit Sharma missed the match against CSK as the MI head coach Mahela Jayawardene and management felt his knee injury needed more time to recover. Rohit’s absence at the top was felt as wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock had to attack from the word go. Jayawardene also said that Rohit will, in all probability, play against KKR.
If the skipper comes, then he will likely replace Anmolpreet Singh. The young batter looked decent for his 17 runs but could not capitalize on the start. And with the MI management certain on playing their skipper at the top, Rohit Sharma will open the innings with De Kock. The Indian vice-captain’s record is colossal at the IPL as he has so far scored 5480 runs at a strike rate of 130.51.
Also, Rohit’s ability to clear the ropes with ease has seen him hit 224 sixes. The short boundaries at either side of the wicket in the UAE conditions will suit his style of play more.