Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians can take 3 bold decisions for PBKS clash

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MI Playing XI vs PBKS IPL 2021: Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians can take 3 bold decisions for Punjab Kings clash, LIVE Score
MI Playing XI vs PBKS IPL 2021: Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians can take 3 bold decisions for Punjab Kings clash, LIVE Score
MI Playing XI vs PBKS IPL 2021: “Play Bold” is the motto of Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, the mantra now fits in the situation Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians is. Going into their fifth and final game of Chennai-leg, the MI skipper could make three bold moves for their clash against Punjab Kings.

MI Playing XI vs PBKS IPL 2021: But does Rohit Sharma need to rejig the playing XI?

Unlike last year, the defending champion’s strongest point, their explosive batting, has become their biggest weakness.

  1. Middle-order is struggling to contribute
  2. Hardik Pandya is neither batting well nor bowling.
  3. Lack of quality spin attack

Also Read: PBKS vs MI Head-to-Head: KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings vs Rohit Sharma’s…

MI Playing XI vs PBKS IPL 2021: 3 changes Rohit Sharma will think upon

 

#BOLD Decision 1: Will Rohit Sharma bench struggling Ishan Kishan or Hardik Pandya?

Both Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, stars of the team’s victorious 2020 campaign, have not been able to make match-winning contributions. However, while SKY did give glimpses of his 2020 form, it the latter who is yet to fire all cylinders. Add out-of-form Hardik to MI’s woes. The struggling middle-order has hurt Mumbai and Rohit will need to find a solution to it before MI’s sixth title hunt gets derailed.

Players

Matches

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

Quinton de Kock

3

44

14.66

89.79

Ishan Kishan

4

67

16.35

94.36

Hardik Pandya

4

35

8.75

106.06

Kieron Pollard

4

49

16.33

111.36

Krunal Pandya

4

26

8.66

108.33

 

One possible solution is bringing Chris Lynn back in MI Playing XI. The Australian batsman played the first match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, in absence of Quinton de Kock, and had scored 49. His shot selections were good and looked confident on the pitch. MI, however, decided to bench him after De Kock’s availability. Rohit can possibly bring him as an opener pushing De Kock at No.3, followed by Suryakumar at 4.

#BOLD Decision 2: Will Rohit Sharma rest Krunal Pandya?

 

Another headache, that Rohit would look to get rid of is Krunal Pandya. Krunal has not been able to make the most of Chennai’s rank-turner, something his partner Rahul Chahar has managed. In four matches, the bowling all-rounder has managed to take just three wickets at an economy of 6.53. Furthermore, he has also not been instrumental with the bat. In as many games, the senior Pandya has scored just 26 runs.

Krunal Pandya (Batting)

Matches

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

4

26

8.66

108.33

 

Krunal Pandya (Bowling)

Matches

Wickets

Average

Economy

4

3

28.33

6.53

 

With Chris Lynn in and Hardik being used as a specialist batsman, Rohit might want to give Piyush Chawla a go. The veteran leggie is the third-highest wicket-taker in IPL history. Also, he has spent a lot of time in Chennai and will be useful for Mumbai in middle-overs.

#BOLD Decision 1: Will Rohit Sharma bring Nathan Coulter-Nile back in MI Playing XI?

Barring Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, who are MI’s pace battery mainstays, Mumbai have tried three different bowlers as their third pace option. However, they have failed to find one. MI have already tried Marco Jansen (RCB, KKR) Adam Milne (SRH) and Jayant Yadav (DC), but none of them was able to give pose a threat to the opposition.

Players

Matches

Wickets

Average

Economy

Marco Jansen

2

2

22.50

7.50

Adam Milne

1

0

11.00

Jayant Yadav

1

1

25.00

6.25

 

Rohit might look to bring Nathan-Coulter Nile back as their third pacer. The Australian speedster had played just seven games last season and took five wickets. He played an important role in Bumrah’s absence for MI. However, it will be interesting who Rohit will pick between Lynn and Nathan with just one overseas slot available.

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