Mumbai Indians’ tactics in the Super Over against Royal Challengers Bangalore has received a lot of flak from experts and fans alike. The Rohit Sharma-led side who were chasing a humongous of 201 runs, had tied the score at the end of the match, courtesy of Ishan Kishan’s blitzkrieg of 99 off 58 balls. However, in the Super Over, MI decided to rest Kishan and went for Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma.
The trio managed to score just seven runs in the Super Over bowled by Navdeep Saini. RCB skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers then comfortably overhauled the target without losing a wicket.
Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh quickly took to Twitter and pointed out MI’s error. He wrote: “I think @KieronPollard55 and @ishankishan51 should have come to bat in the super over ! They were set bodies were warm ! I think @rcb will just get out of jail here ? What say #IPL2020 cause @rcb has mr 360 @ABdeVilliers17”.
English legend Kevin Pietersen baffled by MI’s tactics, criticised the decision on-air in the commentary box. “He has (had) to be incredibly exhausted and tired to have not batted in that Super over. I think that Mumbai missed a trick, I’m sorry but with that smaller boundary, batting for 2 minutes is nothing. I’m not criticising him (Ishan Kishan), I’m criticising the decision not for him to bat”.
“We saw when Mayank Agarwal didn’t do it the other night (KXIP vs DC in Match 2) and Kings XI lost the contest. ,” he added.
Cricket great Sunil Gavaskar echoed Pietersen’s thought and said, “There’s not much time in a Super Over to plan anything. The worst part is the captain and coach will have 15 people telling them what to do. If it was not 8 or 18 to get, RCB would have sent a left-hander in Shivam Dube. If it was a 40-over game, Ishan Kishan would still want to go out and bat because form is such a fickle thing it can go just like that. So yes, I think Ishan Kishan should have come in because it was a matter of just 6 deliveries”.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma in his defence had said that the left-hander (Kishan) was completely exhausted after his knock and hence was rested.