IPL 2021: 5 things Mumbai Indians need to do in IPL 2021 Phase 2 – Mumbai Indians is the most successful Team in the history of IPL as they have clinched five titles. They are known to have slow starts in the season but as they pick up the speed MI becomes the team to beat. In IPL 2021 as well Rohit Sharma led MI side had a sluggish start and now that they will have to start the season against in phase 2 they will look to get a better start than phase 1 and try to solve some issues that they are facing. Hardik Pandya was out of form in the first phase and is still out of form while Kieron Pollard, who was in outstanding form has suffered an injury and is in recovery mode. While MI’s captain Rohit Sharma has not played much of T20 cricket since IPL 2021 phase 1 and his form will also be a crucial factor for Mumbai Indians.
We at Insidesport will take you through five things that defending champions Mumbai Indians will have to address.
Out of form Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya had a poor IPL 2021 phase 1 where he could only score 52 runs in seven games He did not bowl at all in the first phase as he was recovering from a back injury. Now that he has recovered from the injury he is yet to find the form. In the ongoing India vs SL limited-overs series, he started bowling again but could not deliver with the ball while with the bat as well his performance was below average. Hardik’s form is very crucial for MI as he provides the much-needed balance to the team with his allround skills.
Recovering Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard is one of the vital clogs in Mumbai Indians wheel. Over the years he has carried Mumbai’s middle order on his shoulders. Even though he was in top-notch form in the first phase of the IPL 2021. Just ahead of phase 2 he got injured and is recovering from the hamstring injury that he picked up in the series against Australia.
Rohit Sharma’s form
Mumbai Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has scored 250 runs in seven games with the help of one fifty in it. However, he has not been able to score big for MI for a long time. He will aim to get back his form in phase 2 and defend the title for MI. At the same time looking at the ICC T20 World Cup which is just around the corner Sharma will want to gear up for the mega event.
Middle-order out of touch
Mumbai Indians has been a team to beat in the last few seasons. Mumbai’s one of biggest strengths is their Indian core in the middle order. Other than Suryakumar Yadav, no one has shown a glimpse of form in the IPL 2021. Hardik is out of form, Ishan Kishan was out of touch in the first phase while Krunal Pandya has failed with his batting in IPL 2021. If MI wants to defend its title then its powerful middle-order needs to shine.
Lack of experienced all-rounder
Mumbai Indians are known to have one of the best all-rounders in their ranks. Right from Pandya brothers to Pollard and Nathan Coulter-Nile. However, all these top all-rounders are out-of-form and the next batch of all-rounders do not have much experience. Marco Jansen and Arjun Tendulkar, who came to the MI side with great performance in U-19 cricket have very little experience. Marco played two matches in the first phase where he could only take two wickets while Arjun is yet to get his maiden IPL cap.