Former India opener Aakash Chopra feels that Mumbai Indians‘(MI) polish for Indian Premier League (IPL) The 2022 edition lacks depth. According to him, the 5-time champions will lack the versatility of the Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal.
MI will start their IPL 2022 campaign by doing The capital city of Delhi (DC) at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
Previewing the clash, Chopra said in a discussion on his YouTube channel:
“This time around, the Mumbai Indians’ batting seems to lack depth. Worth mentioning, there are no multi-faceted players. Before that, they had Hardik, Krunal and Kieron Pollard kicking each other’s backs. In batting order, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan will open, but Sky (Suryakumar) Yadav is absent in the first match. That’s a problem. I can see Tilak Varma having a chance. ”
Suryakumar joined the MI camp on Saturday. He is undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) after injuring his thumb during his third T20I game against the West Indies last month.
“Mumbai Indians may want to go faster” – Aakash Chopra
During the discussion, Chopra suggested that MI might prefer to engage with more up-to-date players as their match against Delhi will be held at Brabourne Stadium. He say:
“Since the match is in Brabourne, the Mumbai Indians may want to enter at a faster pace. They can go with Daniel Sams, Tymal Mills and Jasearch Bumrah. Sams can also hit the ball so that might work in his favor. There’s also Fabian Allen, but spin may not work on this surface. Also, with his left-hand swing against Rishabh Pant, MI might not want to go that route. “
Despite MI’s weaknesses, Chopra backed them to improve Delhi on Sunday. According to the 44-year-old, DC is really at half strength considering the number of players unavailable for the first matches. He explained:
“At the moment, Delhi is a marginal half. (David) Warner and (Mitchell) Marsh are not available. They might have to open with (Tim) Seifert, Kona Bharat could be on top. Alternatively, they may have to choose between Khaleel (Ahmed) and Chetan (Sakariya). The issues of Delhi are diverse, so I see Mumbai as winning in this competition.”
DC will miss out on some of their key Australian players in the early stages since Cricket Australia (CA) issued NoCs to its central contracted players participating in IPL 2022 from April 6.