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Mumbai Indians have lost 5 consecutive matches in the 15th season of IPL. Captain Rohit Sharma’s performance has also not been special. He has not been able to convert into big innings even after a good start. In 5 matches played so far this season, he has been able to score only 108 runs at an average of 21.60. Team coach Mahela Jayawardene has defended Rohit Sharma and said that I am not worried about Rohit’s form. The team is waiting for only one big innings from him. After that everything will be fine.
Jayawardene said, ‘Rohit is starting well, the way he is hitting the ball is fantastic. His timing is also better. Have seen him scoring big while batting for 14-15 overs. It is only a matter of time, he will regain his momentum once he plays a big innings. I am not worried about his batting.
Liked by Suryakumar Yadav
Jayawardene praised Suryakumar Yadav’s batting and called it part of the team’s strategy to send him to bat at No. He said that we had entered the match with 6 batsmen. Suryakumar has match finishing ability. Whereas in power play bowlers swing the ball, we didn’t want to bring Surya in that situation. He is unable to play his natural game in this situation. So he was sent to bat at number 5. It was part of our strategy.
Suryakumar Yadav scored 43 runs in 30 balls.
The strategy was to give chances to the young players in the middle order.
Jayawardene said that we had adopted the strategy of trying young players in the middle order. We knew that we have two young players who can bat well in the middle order. We wanted him to get a chance to play freely, so he was sent in the middle order. Suryakumar and Kierona Pollard could have played the role of finishers very well, so their batting order was changed as part of the strategy.
Bowling weak due to absence of Jofra Archer
Jayawardene admitted that the team is missing Jofra Archer. Archer is currently out of the team due to injury. In his absence, Mumbai’s bowling is considered weak. Jayawardene said, “The best Jofra Archer we bought for ourselves in the auction is also not with us.”