It has been a horror start for the defending champions so far. Chennai won the match from the jaws of defeat against the Mumbai Indians. And Mumbai almost pulled off the impossible against the SRH but it is still 0 wins out of 2.
It’s not that Mumbai Indians have played bad cricket but things have just not gone their way. The injury to Pat Cummins has made things worse and a replacement is still to be named. Hardik Pandya was injured for the second league match and is expected to be back for the match against the Delhi Daredevils.
Ever since the auction there is a feeling amongst the pundits and analysts that MI lack one pure batsman in their line up. Rohit Sharma’s form is also a point of concern and they need him to start firing for them this season.
Mumbai are expected to bring in Hardik Pandya for Pradeep Sangwan and deservedly Sangwan should be back to the benches. However it’s going to be tough choice between Ben Cutting and Mitchell McClenaghan.
Both of them have been unimpressive in their outings but it’s still early days. Mumbai Indians have a tendency to experiment with their squad until they find an ideal team which churns out wins one after
However there has been one bright spark in the first two matches. The performances of Mayank Markande have caught everyone’s attention. The youngster from Punjab has been exceptional and is the current holder of the Purple Cap. On the other hand the ever reliable Jasprit Bumrah has been very inconsistent. It just shows how important Bumrah is to Mumbai’s set up and an in from Bumrah has the ability to change the team’s fortune.
Predicted XI :
Rohit Sharma (C), Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Keiron Pollard, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman.