Former Indian batter Aakash Chopra reckons that the Mumbai Indians (MI) lack depth of their decrease order. Mumbai received off to a formidable begin of their first IPL 2022 conflict towards the Delhi Capitals (DC). However, resulting from an absence of firepower in the long run overs, they did not put up a match-winning rating.
Having gone all the way down to Delhi by 4 wickets, Mumbai will tackle the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on the DY Stadium in Navi Mumbai within the first recreation of Saturday’s double header.
Speaking forward of the match, Chopra mentioned on his YouTube channel that the five-time champions should discover a option to strengthen their lower-order batting. He opined:
“The depth in the lower order is not there. Mumbai are being forced to play Daniel Sams because they want those extra runs with the bat, but he went for 57 runs, so they need to draw a fine line. Also, it is not that they are missing anyone, like some of the other teams in the competition. So, they need to do something different.”
While Sams went for 57 in his 4 overs towards Delhi, Mumbai additionally suffered as a result of Jasprit Bumrah had a uncommon off-day. The tempo spearhead was hammered for 43 in 3.2 overs as Delhi chased down 178 in 18.2 overs.
“MI’s bowling is looking 50-50” – Aakash Chopra
While stating that Mumbai’s decrease order just isn’t the identical with out the likes of Krunal and Hardik Pandya, Chopra added that there’s nonetheless respectable expertise within the batting. He reckoned that the larger downside was within the bowling.
The 44-year-old noticed:
“Batting is still not such a problem for Mumbai. Tilak Varma impressed a lot in the last game. Rohit Sharma was brilliant, Ishan Kishan was brilliant. Kieron Pollard and Tim David are expected to score runs, so there is some talent in the batting.”
Shifting focus to the bowling division, he opined:
“I think Riley Meredith should replace Daniel Sams. Basil Thampi had done well in the previous game so I won’t really think about Jaydev Unadkat. They can win on the strength of their batting, but MI’s bowling is looking 50-50.”
Apart from Bumrah and Sams, the remainder of the bowling assault did moderately effectively towards Delhi. Thampi claimed three for 35, Murugan Ashwin stood out with two for 14 from his 4 overs whereas Tymal Mills registered figures of 1 for 26 in three overs.