Basil Thampi can be replaced by Jaydev Unadkat in the game against KKR as the former can provide the important wickets in the final overs, and break the partnerships in making. He has represented multiple franchises at the IPL and will bring in a lot of experience with his bowling attack.
Tymal Mills picked up three wickets in the game against the Royals, gaining his team’s trust to get him back for the next game. He’ll prove to be a crucial player down the line and will be expected to accompany Bumrah and give him the required support.
Bumrah remains to be an integral part of the team and as usual, will lead the bowling attack. After underperforming in the first game, he made an excellent comeback and conceded just 17 runs in his four-overs spell, picking three wickets.
Murugan Ashwin’s first game was a solid confidence booster for him. But he went wicketless in the second game and conceded 32 runs in just three overs. But his all-around skills might prove to be helpful for MI in times of need.
Daniel Sams is not having a good time with either the bat, or the ball. He has scored just seven runs in the two games so far, including a golden duck in the second game. He conceded 57 runs in the first game and 32 in the second.
Tim David’s innings with the bat didn’t last long in both the games, but MI have to trust him again and sent him out in the middle to score. He’s new to the team, and might take time to settle in, but once he does, he can do wonders.
Kieron Pollard can contribute both with the bat as well as with the ball. After failing in the first game, he tried his best in the second but his performance wasn’t up to the mark. He’s a proven finisher and will be the anchor of the game when the top or middle order fails.
Tilak Varma performed very well in both games, and it’s a surety that all he’ll do is keep improving, and get those important runs for his team. He scored his maiden IPL fifty against RR before he was dismissed at 61(33) by Ravi Ashwin.
Suryakumar Yadav will make his return to the side after recovering from the injury. His absence has been felt by MI in the past two games, and with his comeback, the batting lineup will get the long-due support. He is one of the most dependable players for the franchise, as well as team India.
Ishan Kishan will look to continue the form he’s been playing in. He has scored two fifties in both the matches played so far, but it has come for a losing cause. He scored an unbeaten 81*(48) in the first game against the Delhi Capitals, followed by a 43-ball 54 in the second game against Rajasthan Royals.
Rohit Sharma was dismissed early in the game against RR and missed out on a half-century against DC. Thus, he’ll look to improve his game upfront when he faces the KKR bowlers while opening the game. He’ll be required to stay there for a long and provide as many runs on top as possible.