0-4. Till now what Indian Premier League’s Defending Champions, Mumbai Indians have done in this season. With a poor show they recorded four defeats in row. Justifying their name “Indians”, they haven’t won a single game in UAE (overseas).

The horror show started from them during the auctions it self, where they didn’t retain some players who have done really well to make them Champions. They realized the thing seeing their players performing for other teams. However they managed to maintain a decent squad.

With their poor batting performance which sinned their chances of opening their points tally. Even-though, they fought with the ball, the score they put on was too less for them.

There are three points which were affecting them:

1. Squad selection and Batting Order.

2. Players performances not up-to the mark.

3. Fortune Gods against Them.

Even after playing four games they haven’t correct with their line-up and batting order. Senior batsman Micheal Hussey hasn’t doing well but has been in the squad and also has been opening. Last match they brought him down the order but it has also failed. Best option will be bringing young Tasmanian Ben Duck, the Big Bash League top scorer and Player of the tournament.

Their biggest set back has been their Star All-Rounders Kieron Pollard and newly joined Corey Anderson. They looked clueless against spin in first games but slowly looking improving on that. But the confusion lies for them at which position they need to bat. Even they need to improve on their bowling will help them to pick a batsman in place of extra bowler which may help their weak batting.

The team will be hoping for their Captain Rohit Sharma’s better performance and want him to play till the end. The only positive is Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, who has been good in gambling his resources but with too less score in front to defend its a tough asking.

There is a great saying that,“When you perform well, luck will be on your way”. And to MI this is applicable exactly opposite to them. With performance not up to their mark unfortunate is doing a good friendship with them. Even bowling doing really well but wickets aren’t coming with some easy catches been dropped. Some good shots end up finding the fielders, some poor umpiring decisions ending their hopes on the game. Adding to all this Lasith Malinga will be joining Sri Lankan team in first week of May.

But this team has useful resources but just need to get it right as quick as possible. Time has come for them to show the old Mumbai Indians who looked dangerous at least at some point of time in a season and to put up some fight being the Defending Champions.

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