Veterans like Kishan, Gail bought for Rs 15.25 crore also disclosed ‘struggle’Author: Yuvi May 18, 2022
Mumbai Indians have had a terrific run so far in IPL 2022, losing 10 of the 13 matches they have played – the latest being a three-run loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday (May 17). Rohit Sharma’s MI have only 1 game left against Delhi Capitals and are currently at the bottom of the 10-team IPL 2022 points table with just six points.
One of the major reasons for their struggle has been the poor form of their opener and wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan. Despite scoring 43 runs in 34 balls against SRH on Tuesday, Kishan, who was bought for Rs 15.25 crore in the IPL 2022 mega auction, has scored only 370 runs in 13 matches with the help of three halves at an average of 30.83. centuries.
Though he is Mumbai’s second highest run-scorer, Kishan has been surpassed by a youngster making his IPL debut in Tilak Verma. After losing eight matches in a row, MI have been out of the race for the IPL 2022 playoffs long ago.
“Even the biggest players (can struggle), I’ve seen Chris Gayle taking the time (to start hitting),” Kishan told the conference after the match on Tuesday night. “Every day is a new day, every match is new. Someday you get a good start, someday the opposition bowlers come ready and bowl in good places.
“The plan inside the dressing room may differ from what outsiders wish.”
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He said that his role was not to hit straight without analyzing the situation in the game. “In cricket, it can never be sure that you have just one role and I will just go out and hit the ball. If you think about the team then it is more important to understand your role.
“If the opposition bowlers are bowling well, you have to respect them and if you can save wickets, it becomes easier for the batsmen who come later. There cannot be only one situation. Someday, you need to go all out when you are chasing big scores, someday, you need to analyze the strength of the opposition team whether they have good bowlers to bowl at death or No, or whether we have to save wickets or not. No.”
Kishan also said that MI could have won the match had Tim David, who had scored 46 runs in just 18 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes, remained till the end. “Unfortunately, Tim David was run out. Had he been there till the end, he could have ended the game.”
(with PTI input)