After Rajasthan Royals defeated Punjab Kings by six wickets on Saturday, Mumbai Indians became the first side in this year’s IPL to be knocked out of the playoff race. MI is at the bottom of the standings with two victories in ten games and a maximum of 12 points. They can’t compete with or beat the Gujarat Titans, Lucknow Super Giants, and Royals — the top three clubs on the table.
With three games remaining, Royal Challengers Bangalore has already accumulated 12 points, and their net run-rate of -0.444 is significantly superior to MI’s -0.725. With four games remaining, the Delhi Capitals have a +0.641 net run rate.
A flawed auction plan, a weak bowling unit, and batting blues have all contributed to the five-time winners’ demise.
A captain is only as good as his team, as the phrase goes in cricket. It can only be interpreted as good as his bowling unit. Bowlers win matches and raise the bar. Jasprit This term, Bumrah, MI does not have any bowling match-winners.
Bumrah, however, hasn’t taken many wickets — five in ten games at an average rating of 7.93. The opposing batters have just played out MI’s finest bowler, with very little backup at the other end. Murugan Ashwin has eight wickets at a 7.72 average rating.
The leg-spinner is good, but it doesn’t have the necessary punch. MI possessed a well-rounded bowling corps that helped them defend between totals.
They defeated Delhi Capitals by a score of 177/5 in their tournament debut. But DC easily beat the objective with 10 balls to reserve.
Similar incidents have occurred. They were unable to defend 161 against KKR. Despite losing wickets at frequent intervals against CSK, they ultimately reached a respectable 155/7. However, the MI bowlers lied to deceive, as Jaydev Unadkat collapsed under duress towards the end.
MI has suffered as a result of the lack of a quality left-handed fast. Trent Boult has not been appropriately replaced. They purchased Tymal Mills and Daniel Sams at auction, but both have failed to meet the challenge. Mills has an economy rate of 11 or higher before being ruled out of the tournament due to an ankle ailment, whereas Sams has an economy rate of 12 or higher.
Blues at the start Rohit appears to have succumbed to the rule of averages. He was India’s most consistent batter last year, so a slump was definitely in order. The MI captain has only scored 198 runs in ten games. Ishan Kishan’s poor performance has exacerbated the team’s woes.