The five times IPL trophy winner Mumbai Indians currently going through one of their tough phase in IPL 2022 season. Mumbai have lost 9 matches so far this season and lost their IPL 2022 playoff chance.
Rohit Sharma Blames Batting Unit
While everyone expects Mumbai to continue their winning performance, they lost their very next match against Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR beats Mumbai by a massive 52 runs difference on Monday where KKR registered their 5th victory of the season.
In the post-match presentation, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma claims that their poor batting performance is the main reason for the 52 runs defeat against KKR.
“…I’m disappointed with the way we batted. I thought it was a par score on that pitch but it was a little poor from the bat from us,” a dejected Rohit said during a post-match interaction with the broadcasters.
Rohit pointed out that since the they were playing their fourth game at the venue, the batter should have been aware of the extra bounce the surface could offer and adjusted accordingly.
“We’re playing our fourth game here so we know what to expect from a pitch like that. There were a few balls that took off, but that happens. We know seam bowlers will get help, but we didn’t bat well, didn’t get partnerships and that was something missing from our side today,” he said.
That MI were left to chase a below-par target was thanks to a stunning spell from Jasprit Bumrah who took 5/10 including a triple-wicket maiden over to keep KKR to 165/9 in 20 overs.
“We would take that total any day on that kind of a pitch. To see how things unfolded in the second half of the innings for us was a great effort from the bowling unit. Bumrah was special today,” Rohit said.
“Looking at how they batted in the first 10 overs, I think they were 100 in the first 10 or 11 overs, but the way we came back was brilliant. Bumrah was special. Great effort from him and the entire bowling unit. The batters let us down today. That’s been the story for us. The consistent performance from both departments has been missing. We couldn’t do it today,” he added.
Mumbai Indians will face Chennai Super Kings to play their next league match of the IPL 2022 season on May 12 in iconic Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.