Former Indian hitter Aakash Chopra thinks that Mumbai Indians (MI) lack depth in their lower order. Mumbai got off to an impressive start in their first IPL 2022 clash with The capital city of Delhi (DC). However, due to the lack of firepower in the final crosses, they were unable to get the decisive goal.
After four knockouts of Delhi, Mumbai will face the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at DY Stadium in Navi Mumbai in a double header on Saturday.
Speaking before the game, Chopra said on his YouTube channel that the five-time champions will have to find a way to strengthen their bottom batting. He chooses:
“Depth in bottom order is not available. Mumbai is being forced to play Daniel Sams because they want more stick runs, but he’s done 57 runs, so they need to draw a line. Also, it’s not like they’re short of anyone, like some of the other teams in the competition. So they need to do something different.”
While the Sams took 57 points out of four overtaking Delhi, Mumbai was also affected as Jasearch Bumrah had a rare day off. The speed spike was 43 in 3.2 laps as Delhi chased down 178 in 18.2 times.
“MI bowling is looking 50-50” – Aakash Chopra
While saying that Mumbai’s lower order is not the same without the likes of Krunal and Hardik Pandya, Chopra added that there is still a lot of talent in the batting field. He thinks the bigger problem is in bowling.
The 44-year-old man observed:
“Polishing is still not such an issue for Mumbai. Tilak Varma impressed a lot in the last game. Excellent Rohit Sharma, Excellent Ishan Kishan. Kieron Pollard and Tim David are expected to score, so there will be some talent in batting. “
Shifting his focus to bowling, he chose:
“I think Riley Meredith should replace Daniel Sams. Basil Thampi played really well in the last game so I won’t really think about Jaydev Unadkat. They can win based on their hitting power, but MI bowling is looking 50-50”.
Apart from Bumrah and Sams, the rest of the bowling attack has done reasonably well ahead of Delhi. Thampi claimed three wins by 35, Murugan Ashwin featured two to 14 from four passes while Tymal Mills registered a one to 26 on three occasions.