Mumbai, April 9: Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan believes the Mumbai Indians are still capable of making a comeback in IPL 2022, but lamented that the absence of a quality closer other than Jasprit Bumrah is seriously hurting the five-time champions.
“Mumbai Indians know how to bounce back from situations like these. They have done it in the past, in 2014 and 2015. In IPL 2015, they were in a similar situation and they came from behind to lift the title, but that team was a bit different. This year MI don’t have a bowler who can support (Jasprit) Bumrah well. This is a big headache for the captain,” Irfan said on Cricket Live on Star Sports.
In three games, Tilak Varma has racked up 121 runs with an average of 60.50 and a strike rate of 161.33. The young left-handed batsman is ranked seventh on the Orange Cap list and former Indian pacemaker Pathan is quite impressed with the young player from Hyderabad Ranji.
“IM hitting is still looking good as they have youngster Tilak Varma doing well, Suryakumar Yadav starred in his comeback game and Ishan Kishan has been shooting at the top. Expect Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard to score runs as well as it goes the tournament but his Bowling department looks weak especially pace attack Traditionally bowling in Maharashtra has been suited to fast bowlers and if the closers do their job well then Murugan Ashwin will also come back with better figures “, said.
Former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh praised Mumbai Indians’ leading batsman Suryakumar Yadav for his half-century in his comeback match and called the right-handed batsman pure gold.
“He’s an incredible hitter. He made an immediate impact in the first game and never felt like he was playing after so long. Some of the shots he played against KKR were just outrageous. You usually see hitters play a sweep shot. against spinners, but he played perfectly against pace, which is never an easy shot to try. He’s a complete 360 player. People talk about AB de Villiers, but to me, he’s pure gold.” Harbhajan said.