Mumbai Indians have lost the first five matches of the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League. Mumbai, who have won the IPL five times, are now bottom of the points table. If they do not win tomorrow’s match against Lucknow, Mumbai’s hopes of advancing will be dashed.
The main reason for Mumbai’s poor performance this season is said to be the mistakes in the May Galle. Mumbai made a mistake in retaining players and adding new players to the team. With this, Mumbai became the team with the weakest bowling line-up.
New Zealand’s failure to retain pacer Trent Bolt and later attempt to acquire him in the May Galle was a major setback for Mumbai. Despite the fact that the acquisition of Joffre Archer, who was assured that he would not play this season, was hailed as Mumbai’s best move for the next season, they did not think that R bowling would lead the attack this time.
Earlier, the Bolt-Jaspreet Bumra bowling partnership was sharpened by Mumbai’s opponents. But this time, without a good foreign strike bowler, Bumrah had to shoulder the bowling alone. Currently, none of the Indian-foreign bowlers in Mumbai have been able to give Bumra good support. Bolt, who left Mumbai, is doing well for the Rajasthan Royals.
Mumbai’s moves in the spin bowling department too. Mumbai have dropped Rahul Chahar, who has been a key figure in the team for the past few years. Instead, they added Tamil Nadu spinner Murugan Ashwin. Statistics show that this move has also failed so far.
With captain Rohit Sharma not finding the rhythm, Mumbai’s batting line-up looked weak in the first innings. Later, Suryakumar Yadav was ruled out due to injury. However, the lack of consistency in the performance of the other players is a setback for Mumbai. Mumbai could not bid to replace the team’s Quinton Decock with an experienced player. Superstar Kieron Pollard, who was retained by the team, has also not improved.
Young stars like Ishant Kishan, Dewald Brevis and Tilak Verma have already brought out their talent. Therefore, Mumbai’s move to acquire these players in the May Galle cannot be praised. These are all targeted signings for the next few years. But as he focused heavily on the future, Mumbai left to do the loose work that was currently the main task of the team.