IPL 2021: “That’s playing Russian roulette” – Ian Bishop on MI’s conservative batting approach

Former West Indies quick bowler Ian Bishop has said that the Mumbai Indians’ (MI) overcautious batting method is hurting them within the UAE leg of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL).

The defending champions succumbed to their second successive defeat within the match on Thursday, happening to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi. Earlier, they misplaced to the Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) by 20 runs.

In Thursday’s encounter, MI acquired off to a formidable begin with the bat and have been well-placed at 80 for 1 on the midway stage. Nevertheless, they didn’t speed up and ended up posting a below-par complete of 155 for six.

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In an interplay on ESPN Cricinfo, Bishop blamed MI’s poor batting technique within the second half of the innings for the loss. In accordance with him, the crew can not count on somebody like a Kieron Pollard to fireplace on the dying in each recreation.

“The powerplay ended up being cheap as MI acquired 56. Then, on the backend, Pollard was going moderately nicely. However you can’t rating lower than six runs an over from overs 7 to fifteen. Regardless of how nicely Narine, Chakravarthy and Prasidh Krishna bowled, you can’t do this. That’s enjoying Russian roulette, in case the backend doesn’t come off. Let’s not neglect, Hardik Pandya is just not there both. That can be one thing MI are lacking,” Bishop identified.

MI openers Rohit Sharma (33) and Quinton de Kock (55) added 78 for the opening wicket in 9.2 overs. Nevertheless, Suryakumar Yadav (5) and Ishan Kishan (14) couldn’t construct on the beginning as MI fully misplaced momentum.

“Some cracks showing in MI’s invincibility” – Deep Dasgupta

In accordance with former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta, MI are struggling as a result of they’re making an attempt to alter the template which has introduced them unparalleled success.

Admitting that the struggling center order and Hardik’s absence are proving to be a handicap for the defending champions, Dasgupta opined that MI mustn’t deviate from their authentic successful formulation.

“Once I have a look at MI’s physique language, there are some cracks showing of their invincibility. They’re nonetheless an excellent aspect. These surfaces and venues right here, they really assist MI, the sort of squad they’ve. Once more, they’ve a sure sort of a template and that has been so profitable. These gamers have adopted that template for the final so a few years as a result of they’ve been a part of the set-up,” Dasgupta mentioned.

The previous wicket-keeper batsman added:

“Instantly, simply because a few gamers should not in type and one is injured, you can’t change this template. It doesn’t come that simple since you are so used to enjoying in a sure approach. I feel they need to simply return to enjoying the way in which they do. They’ve that have to be somewhat extra cautious in how they go about issues.”

Following Thursday’s loss, MI have slipped to sixth place within the IPL 2021 factors desk, with 4 wins and 5 losses from 9 video games.

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