PBKS vs MI in IPL 2021: Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians have been off to a poor start in their title defence, losing three out of the first five games including one against KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings on Friday. The Chennai leg of their IPL 2021 matches have been disappointing, to say the least with the primary problem coming in their famed middle-order that has won them five IPL titles. However, MI batsman Suryakumar Yadav is confident that once Mumbai fire in one game, there will be no looking back.
“Conditions are obviously different because you see how the wicket is in Wankhede and how it is here (Chennai). But we have been trying in practice to play according to the conditions wherever we go for nets or play practice matches. We have tried playing on the same conditions. It’s just that, it is not working the way we want. But we have been in similar conditions and faced same situation and we came back stronger. So, I’m 100% sure that going forward we will come back really stronger. It’s just a matter of one game. If we fire in one game, there will be no looking back,” Suryakumar Yadav said at the post-match press conference on Friday.
PBKS vs MI in IPL 2021: ‘Middle-order not cause for concern yet,’ Suryakumar Yadav says
So far, the two wins that came in the tournament, it’s Mumbai Indians’ death-overs bowling that have won them the matches. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult defended 152 against KKR and 150 against SRH in Chennai.
However, as for the stars in Mumbai Indians’ middle-order including Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, and Kieron Pollard, their collective failure has put the defending champions in a spot of bother. They have failed to click together to take Mumbai innings to a big total, resulting in three losses. On Friday, only Rohit Sharma did well with a fighting 63 but the Pandya brothers and Kishan failed to make any impact.
IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians middle-order batsmen’s scores in last five matches
|Player||vs RCB||vs KKR||vs SRH||vs DC||vs PBKS|
|Ishan Kishan||28 off 19||1 off 3||12 off 21||26 off 28||6 off 17|
|Kieron Pollard||7 off 9||5 off 8||35 off 22||2 off 5||16 off 12|
|Hardik Pandya||13 off 10||15 off 17||7 off 5||0 off 1||1 off 4|
|Krunal Pandya||7 off 7||15 off 9||3 off 3||1 off 5||3 off 3|
But Suryakumar Yadav isn’t worried. He said all the batsmen have been in good form and it’s only a matter of time that they click and back in the same form that the people are used to see.
“Not really (middle-order is not a concern). They have been doing really well. They have been working really hard in the nets every day, every practice session. I feel it’s just a matter of one game that they will be coming back into the games. So, yes, everyone is trying to take responsibility in every game. It’s just that it’s not working. It happens in the sport. But I’m sure they will come back really stronger,” Suryakumar Yadav said.
One of the Mumbai Indians players to have had a rough patch in IPL 2021 is Ishan Kishan. After he was promoted to bat at No 3 against Punjab Kings, he again failed with the bat. In IPL 2021 so far, he has scored 73 runs in five innings, including 6 off 17 against PBKS on Friday. However, Suryakumar said his form is not a concern.
“Firstly, Ishan’s promotion was completely management’s call and we decided collectively that if a left-hander gets out, another left-hander will walk in. He and I have been playing a similar role in the past few years. So, I was completely okay with it. So, we both decided that we will do the way everyone decides. We were clear in our plans,” Suryakumar Yadav said.
“Talking about performances, I feel it’s all about that confidence that you carry. I feel everyone is hitting the ball really well in the nets and everyone is really positive in their mindset. It’s all about just going out there and expressing themselves. As I said, it’s just a matter of one game. We don’t want to think about what has happened in Chennai. When we reach Delhi, things will be completely different and MI will be a completely different side,” he added.
The other batsman who is yet to fire is Hardik Pandya. The all-rounder isn’t bowling due to a shoulder niggle and hasn’t been good with the bat, scoring only 36 runs in five innings, making it a concern for Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians. With James Neesham, another all-rounder, warming the MI bench, the management could have tried him out, resting Hardik. But Suryakumar said Mumbai are not looking to tinker with the combination.
“I don’t think we need to rethink on the combinations. I feel everything is going fine. Everyone’s mindset is really good, everyone’s preparation has been spot-on. What I feel is it’s just a matter of one game. Everyone is backing each other; everyone is there for each other. That’s why we call it one family. So, we just have to go there and play the way we used to in Mumbai and everything will fall in place. Just because everything is not falling in place, we can’t sit back and think what went wrong. One phase is completely over and it’s time for the next phase. And I’m sure that we will start the next phase really strong and come back into the tournament really hard,” Suryakumar Yadav signed off.