IPL 2022: Mumbai Indians at the bottom of the table with eight losses. What went wrong?

Mumbai Indians have lost eight matches in a row this season, there worst performance ever in the IPL. Take a look at what went wrong for them.

 |  4-minute read |   26-04-2022
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Five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians (MI) are going through their toughest phase in IPL 2022. Never before in the IPL have Mumbai Indians fared so badly from the beginning of the tournament.

Mumbai Indians have won the IPL five times (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020). Last season, the team finished at the fifth position. In 2008, 2016 and 2018, Mumbai finished at fifth position. In 2010, they also played a final against Chennai Super Kings, which they lost. In 2009, Mumbai finished at the seventh position. 

A team that looked strong on paper has lost 8 matches on a trot. The Rohit Sharma-led side has also become the first team in IPL history to lose eight matches straight from the start of the tournament. Set aside the few names, the team has performed poorly this season.

rohit-sharma-647_042622021713.jpgRohit Sharma. Photo: Twitter

The top order of the team, that had the big names like Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma has been completely out of form. The death-over batting expert Kieron Pollard, also has been disappointing.

On the bowling front, the team’s biggest bet and yorker specialist Jasprit Bumrah has also not able to perform this season. Along with him, Jaydev Unadkat and Murugan Ashwin too have been moderate so far.

Mumbai is hovering at the bottom of the table and is almost out of the tournament. But for the team that has top coaches like Mahela Jayawardene, Sachin Tendulkar, Robin Singh, Zaheer Khan and Shane Bond, the pressure is tremendous.  

Here are the four players Mumbai should worry about:

THE BIG GUNS OUT OF FORM

1. ISHAN KISHAN

2_042622024724.jpgIshan Kishan. Photo: PTI

The biggest worry for Mumbai Indians is the struggle of Ishan Kishan, the young dynamic cricketer whom the franchise got at a price of Rs 15.25 crore. Apart from an innings against Delhi Capitals which was also the first match of Mumbai Indians of this season, Ishan Kishan’s performance has been low. In the Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals match, Ishan had scored 81 off 48 balls.

His dismissal from his last match against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) was also the strangest one in IPL. He was caught behind after the ball hit wicket-keeper Quinton De Kock’s shoes and landed up in the palms of Jason Holder. 

Here is the statistics of his performance so far in IPL:

  • Matches: 8
  • Runs: 199
  • Highest score: 81
  • Average: 28.43
  • Strike Rate: 108.15

2. ROHIT SHARMA

3_042622024801.jpgRohit Sharma. Photo: PTI

The captain of Mumbai Indians, who was retained at Rs 16 crore, Rohit Sharma has disappointed with the bat so far. His best this season came in a match against Delhi, where he scored 41 off 32 balls. His average in the eight matches this season is below 20.

Here is the stats on his performance:

  • Matches: 8
  • Runs: 153
  • Average: 19.13
  • Strike Rate: 126.45

3. KIERON POLLARD

pollard-647_042622021745.jpgKieron Pollard. Photo:Twitter

The Caribbean all-rounder who recently announced his retirement from international cricket seems to have lost interest in the game. In the last chase against Lucknow, Pollard, who was expected to pull massive shots, lacked energy. He departed for the pavilion after scoring 19 off 20 balls. Even with the bowl, Pollard has been average. He has taken only three wickets in eight matches and bowled nine overs.

Here are the statistics on his performance:

  • Matches: 8
  • Runs: 115
  • Average: 16.43
  • Strike Rate: 127.78

4. JASPRIT BUMRAH

bumrah-647_042622021816.jpgJasprit Bumrah. Photo: Twitter

Bumrah, who was retained at Rs 12 crore, hasn’t produced any magical spell so far. He has taken only five wickets in eight matches this time. Even in the last game against Lucknow, he got only 1 wicket after conceding 31 runs in four overs.

Here are the statis on his performance so far.

  • Matches: 8
  • Runs: 229
  • Overs: 30.2
  • Wickets: 5
  • Economy: 7.55

SAVING GRACES

Despite Mumbai’s below average performance this season, two players have performed well. First, Tilak Varma; second, Surya Kumar Yadav. Here is a brief on the performances of the two so far:

1. TILAK VARMA

1_042622024843.jpgTilak Varma. Photo: PTI

The young cricketer was snatched by Mumbai Indians at a price of Rs 1.7 crore. But by his batting so far in the tournament, it appears Mumbai has unearthed a rare gem in Varma. The 20-year old cricketer who shot to fame with his domestic cricket, has so far scored 272 runs in eight matches averaging 45.33. He has been a lone good performer for Mumbai this season, at a time when big names have failed.

Here is a statistics:

  • Matches: 8
  • Runs: 272
  • HS: 61
  • Average: 45.33
  • Strike Rate: 140.21

2. SURYA KUMAR YADAV

4_042622024911.jpgSurya Kumar Yadav. Photo: PTI

Surya Kumar Yadav, who was retained by Mumbai Indians at Rs 8 crore has been another top performer of Mumbai Indians this season. He, along with Tilak Varma, have kept the lower batting order strong. In the six games played so far, Yadav has scored 239 runs at an average of 47.80.

Here are statistics:

  • Matches: 8
  • Runs: 239
  • Average: 47.80
  • Strike Rate: 151.27

Mumbai Indians now face Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their next match at DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai on April 30, 2022.

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