Here's what is going wrong with the Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians have enough firepower in their arsenal to turn things around. With some tweaks they would hope to have a good next match to put their campaign back on track.

hidden April 20, 2014 15:38:42 IST
Here's what is going wrong with the Mumbai Indians

By Ravi Jain

It's sad to see how Harbhajan Singh, once a terrific attacking player and bowler, has reduced himself to being such a defensive bowler whose top priority seems to be, not to go for runs.

Amit Mishra in the recent T20 World Cup demonstrated how a spinner can be a potent force if he is willing to bowl aggressively with lots of flight and conventional variations. Harbhajan Singh is certainly capable of bowling a lot better and Mumbai Indians would hope he can discover his mojo sooner than later.

With Dwayne Smith and Glen Maxwell no longer around, MI, barring Rohit and Pollard and to some extent Hussey, really don't have world class fielders to man the inner ring or boundaries in the death overs. They will want to compensate their lack of skills with enthusiasm and 100% commitment, which Zaheer did admirably last evening.

Heres what is going wrong with the Mumbai Indians

Sachin Tendulkar need to do more than just be the icon. BCCI

However its the batting that is hurting Mumbai Indians the most. One obvious yet critical change they need to make right away is to bat Rohit Sharma at No. 3. Rohit Sharma is the best batsman in the team and he needs to play maximum deliveries for an optimized team score.

Between him and Rayudu, post first 20 balls, Rohit Sharma is more equipped to score at a strike rate of 150+. With 2 less teams than last full auction in 2011, but same or more number of players to choose from, all teams have managed to put up a very strong 11. No longer do teams have weak links in their 4th or 5th bowler who could be targeted previously.

So runs need to be scored consistently throughout 20 overs. Couple that with slow low pitches on offer that are not conducive for big hitting right from the word go, its even more important that the team's best players play maximum bowls. For Mumbai, they are Rohit Sharma and Michael Hussey.

Also, with Pollard and Anderson yet to find their feet and adjust to the wickets, Mumbai needs to bolster their lower middle order which is where Rayudu can come in.

In previous 2 matches Mumbai's scores in the last 4 overs have been 16 for 4 and 17 for 5 which are just not good enough. Rayudu at 6 will help strengthen the batting in the last few overs at least till the time the 2 big guns can strike some rhythm.

Mumbai Indians have enough firepower in their arsenal to turn things around. With some tweaks they would hope to have a good next match to put their campaign back on track.

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