MI vs RR in IPL 2021: Will Rohit Sharma take tough call to bench ‘super flop’ Hardik Pandya from Mumbai Indians Playing XI?

MI vs RR in IPL 2021: Will Rohit Sharma take tough call to bench 'super flop' Hardik Pandya from Mumbai Indians Playing XI?
MI vs RR in IPL 2021: Will Rohit Sharma take tough call to bench 'super flop' Hardik Pandya from Mumbai Indians Playing XI?

MI vs RR in IPL 2021 – Mumbai Indians Playing XI: If a legend like Brian Lara expresses his worries for Mumbai Indians, it means there is something seriously wrong with the defending champions. The Rohit Sharma-led side has been struggling with the inconsistent middle-order this season. Besides the off-colour middle-order, Rohit’s biggest headache is Hardik Pandya’s form. Coming from back-to-back defeats, will the MI skipper take a tough call of resting his marquee player in a bid of solving the middle-order conundrum and get the campaign on track when they face inconsistent Rajasthan Royals on Thursday?

MI vs RR in IPL 2021 – Mumbai Indians Playing XI: Hardik Pandya’s flop show in IPL

A lot of MI’s success depends on Pandya’s all-around effort. But a persistent should niggle has forced him into a corner. Used as a specialist batsman by Mumbai, Pandya has not looked in a scoring touch and has become more of a liability than an asset.

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  • In the last game against Punjab Kings, the 27-year-old failed with the willow for the fifth consecutive time. He was sent packing for just 1 run off 4 balls.
  • In five innings, Pandya has managed just 35 runs at a strike rate of 97, the highest being 15.
  • Furthermore, his lack of proving an extra bowling option has raised questions on his place in MI’s Playing XI.

MI vs RR in IPL 2021 – Mumbai Indians Playing XI: How has the other middle-order batters performed?

MI boast one of the most destructive middle-order in IPL which can pummel any good attack into submission on a given day. But with an out-of-form middle-order Mumbai find itself fourth in the IPL 2021 points table.

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  • While Pandya, given his stature, finds himself on the sharp edge of the axe, the other batters too have failed to given confidence to Rohit or Mumbai’s team management this season.
  • Mumbai’s middle-order combined has scored just 357 runs — Suryakumar Yadav (154 runs), Ishan Kishan (73 runs), Hardik Pandya (36 runs), Krunal Pandya (29 runs) and Kieron Pollard (65 runs) —  and is yet to fire in unison.

MI vs RR in IPL 2021 – Mumbai Indians Playing XI: Will Rohit Sharma make any changes?

Rohit Sharma and Mumbai’s think tank will follow Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) game carefully to assess the condition of the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch. CSK vs SRH will be the first game of Delhi leg and will give MI a good idea of playing conditions.

Mumbai would still want to try Jimmy Neesham and Piyush Chawal replacing the Pandya bros. While Neesham will give them both batting and bowling option, Chawla can be their wicket-taking option in the middle-overs.

MI vs RR in IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians Playing XI

Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya/Jimmy Neesham, Krunal Pandya/Piyush Chawla, Kieron Pollard, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult