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Rift in Mumbai could mean trouble for Indians in T20 World Cup

Rift in Mumbai could mean trouble for Indians in T20 World Cup

The problems between Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya have been reported ever since the latter was named new MI captain during IPL Auctions.

A team’s performance is often a reflection of what’s happening in the dressing room. If the players aren’t getting along, then the wins might or might not come, but when positive energy flows in the team, the results are taken care of. Perhaps, this might just be true for Team Mumbai Indians right now.

It looks like, senior pro Rohit Sharma and new skipper Hardik Pandya aren’t getting along, with Jasprit Bumrah looking indifferent too. Forget the reports suggesting a rift between the players, something just gives away, that the camaraderie is missing. Crowd booing Hardik, even at Wankhede, Rohit taking decisions when the chips are down..there’s a lot to look at. And this setup won’t give the desired results.

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Let’s Roll Back the Clock

Who doesn’t remember that Greg Chappell era of Team India, where despite having some of the biggest names, the team largely struggled to string a series of wins. Then there was the World Cup of 2007, where India went on to lose in the first round itself.

Just a few months later, under Lalchand Rajput, the dressing room atmosphere improved considerably, and India went on to lift the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa.

What’s Cooking in Mumbai Indians Camp?

Look at MI performance. They lost their first match vs GT by six runs. Then against SRH, the lost by 31 runs. And in the last encounter by RR, they were beaten by six wickets. Rohit has only 69 runs in three innings. Bumrah has gone wicketless in the previous two matches, while Pandya has flopped with the bat and ball, and in leadership.

MI Trouble Could Lead to T20 Debacle?

Had this been some other IPL team, it wouldn’t have mattered much, but MI player’s in question are T20 World Cup certainties, and problem here could lead to troubles there too. Rohit would lead there and Pandya could be his deputy. Even if not the vice-captain, he would anyways be the senior pro in the team, and India’s chances would depend on him as well.

It goes without saying that Pandya is a champion cricketer, and if he goes with the same mindset he has at MI now, he might not be able to deliver there. Same applies to Rohit and Bumrah too. The trio need to resolve the issues at the earliest, not for themselves or for MI, but for Team India.

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