Mumbai Indians have not played upto the expectations of the fans. The winners of the last year’s IPL and the Champions league are placed very low down the order. In the auctions they left Glenn Maxwell and Dwayne Smith .
But a question that has been coming through out the tournament is the batting position of Rohit Sharma, with almost all the experts feeling the need of urgency from Rohit Sharma’s side to bat up the order. But as a captain , he has to think a lot of other aspects of the game and take care of his team.
If we have a look at the Mumbai Indians of the last year, it was a strong start provided by Dwayne Smith and later stabilised by Dinesh Karthik was a key to their success. Rohit Sharma came in the middle overs and then took from where the top order left. The problem this year has been the openers , with Mike Hussey looking out of sorts and others have also failed to do what Smith did last year.
The scenario has been completely different year. With no good options to bat at the top of the order, it was sensible if Rohit Sharma came at the top, but it was not to be. He came in an innings, ran himslef out, possibly due to poor calling by his partner . But, it was a poor call to skip that position in the next match.
Rohit Sharma not opening the batting has also back fired in the other way. he likes of Kieron Pollard and Corey Anderson have not got enough balls to make any sort of impact what so ever. Pollard and Anderson, on their day can single handedly take the game away from any team .But, getting just 20 balls between them has not helped the team’s cause.
Now, with Mumbai out of the equation of the semi finals , he should bat up the order and try to establish a unit for the next season. Also, the fact that Malinga has now gone for his national duties will mean that Mumbai will have to insert a new bolwer into the team and this gives them a chance to drop out Lendl Simmons and get Rohit Sharma on the board .
Someone opening for India should take it a chance to build himself as an opener . Rohit has been left stranded and is not getting the things right when it comes to decision making . Hopefully, good sense prevails on him and he leads the team back by some strong opening performance.
To conclude with, Mumbai has not played to it’s potential and to some extent Rohit’s decision of not opening the innings has caused them. But, the others in the lineup have also not played to their potential . The onus had to fall on the captain and with no pressure upon him, lets hope of the best for the defending champions who have no chance of defending it now.