On Wednesday, Mumbai Indians face Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League, and they’ll be desperate to end their four-game losing streak.
The five-time champions, known for their sluggish starts, have had a nightmare start.
There are several pieces of the puzzle that MI will need to fall into place in order to stop their downward spiral and reclaim their campaign. MI have been a formidable all-around team for years, but they’ve looked like a pale shadow of themselves this season.
Both the lack of big hits from the hitters and the poor performance of the bowlers have made things difficult.
They are ninth in the standings, so the road to recovery looks difficult, but captain Rohit Sharma is eager to turn things around, not just for the team but also for himself.
However, Rohit will have to lead from the front, even as the need for a winning combination rings out loudly for his franchise.
Punjab are currently in seventh place in the standings with two wins and two losses after losing to Gujarat Titans.
Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, and Tilak Varma, as well as Rohit’s opening partner, Ishan Kishan, need to step up before it’s too late for MI to stage a comeback.
Another notable player who has yet to make an appearance is Dewald Brewis, who is known for his versatility on the court. As a result, the team’s management is hoping that the batters can fire at the same time.
If Mumbai are to post a big total or successfully chase down one, one of the top three batters will have to do a lot of damage.
“We want our batters to go deep in the game. And if you score some runs, the bowlers will have something to work with,” Rohit had opined.
Kieron Pollard, a veteran all-rounder, is Mumbai’s weakest link. Pollard, who has the ability to end games on his own, has not been at his best recently and will be looking to get back on track.
MI, on the other hand, will have to contend with the likes of Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, and Arshdeep Singh in a quality Punjab attack led by Kagiso Rabada.
Until now, few people have heard of the Mumbai bowlers, including Jasprit Bumrah.
An attack led by leg-spinner Murugan Ashwin and including Basil Thampi and Jaydev Unadkat will be required to back up Bumrah, who is eager to recapture his previous form. If MI’s fortunes are to change, the trio’s 12 overs will be crucial.
Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, and M. Shahrukh Khan all play for teams that MI will have to contend with