Less than six months after lifting their record fifth Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy, the Indians of Mumbai have succeeded with only two victories in the first five games in the 14th season of the tournament, although they adhere to the last place in the playoffs in the points table. The Mumbai Indians have had weirder starts than this lately. Since the beginning of their pure dominance in the league, in 2013, they have twice lost four of their first five games – 2015 and 2018 – finishing with the trophy in the first season and finishing in fifth place in the second. But what hurt them this time, leading to a strange start to their IPL 2021, was their beating.
In 2020, the season played in the UAE, the Mumbai Indians reported a result of 12.74 runs for more than death (17 to 20), the most of any team during this phase in any IPL season. Orchestrated by Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard and the Pandya brothers, the Mumbai Indians were simply unbeaten in the race, with a limit of 3.21 balls, almost delivering more than the second-ranked team. Among the 46 fighters who faced at least 20 balls last season, Ishan and Pollard were some of the best strikers on the ball, just behind Faf du Plessis of the Chennai Super Kings, followed by Hardick.
Five games in the 14th season, their death toll has dropped by almost half. 6.79 runs per period are the lowest they have ever recorded in any IPL season. And this can be more significantly shown by their results in the last four overs – 24 tracks in their new season against Royal Challengers Bangalore, 23 tracks in their game against Delhi Capitals and 26 tracks on Friday in the match against Punjab Kings.
The main reason for their struggle is their middle line, which does not run tests. The same combination, which was so devastating last season, clearing any distance from boundaries at will, failed to click and subsequently fired. One could conclude that the slow conditions of Chepauk, where they played their first five games according to the schedule, got rid of the combination they combined to get a result of only 91 runs in 81 balls at a speed of 112, 35 this season and a limit of 6.46.
As of 2017, the assessment rate and the marginal percentage in MA Chidambaram are the lowest among all IPL venues – 7.22 and 14.03, respectively. By catching the ball on the surface and turning, the batsmen find it difficult to score on Chepauk and the story remains the same this season, where bowling teams have adapted to score medium pacers to take advantage of the slow pace, taking on the pace of delivery and hitting the hard length. In addition, ignorance of the conditions may be another reason. Mumbai has played only 12 games in Chepauk before this season and only two since 2016.
Chepauk’s conditions also affected their beating in the middle (7 to 16). Mumbai was the best team goal in this phase last season with a run of 8.03 and a margin of 6.4 balls. The percentage of results has dropped to 7.14 miles this season, only better than Sunrisers Hyderabad. On Tuesday, Mumbai had a 9.16-mile run for more at the end of PowerPlay, but it dropped to 5.9 at the end of the middle. The same is observed in the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. After racing to 53/0 in PowerPlay, the rotating devices along with Vijay Shankar limited their scoring rate to about 7.50 miles for more.
“Probably the last game was a bit exceptional for us, but the previous two games I think our pace was very good,” MI head coach Mahela Jayauardene said on Monday before the DC game. “Overall we are very happy, but knowing Rohit, he will continue to insist on the boys. If we do not achieve these marks, he will raise it and will want to improve. I think in the last game we should think that we were up against two quality spinning machines in Rashid and Mujib, especially in the middle, and at the same time we lost several straps. “
In an attempt to maximize the midfield result, Mumbai made a “tactical” change in its lineup by sending Suryakumar Yadav to №4 and bringing Ishan to №3. This move affected their PowerPlay score, where they found themselves with only 21 tracks, their lowest in IPL history, but the combination of Surya and Rohit played the only significant role in Mumbai’s run to 131 for 6 at the end of 20 shots. against the Punjab. In the end, Mumbai lost by nine wickets.
“There aren’t enough runs. I still feel like it’s not a bad gate to fight. You saw Punjab Kings fight and win the game with 9 straps in hand. Only the app is missing in our wadding. If you get 150 -160 on this one. wicket, then you’re always in the game, that’s something we haven’t been able to do in the last two games.You can look at it anyway, I thought their bowling was bowling well in the powerplace, Ishan was trying but I couldn’t I get it and even I didn’t manage to hit. Before that we were good at powerplay, but today we didn’t manage to do it. Something is missing in our wadding lineup, we can’t beat 20 overs in the fashion we want and something we have to let’s take a look and see what we can do, “Rohit said in the presentation after the match.
Mumbai has completed its phase in Chennai from IPL 2021 and will be happy to say goodbye to Chepauk in the hope that their next place – Delhi Arun Jaitley Stadium – changes its condition.