Navi Mumbai, April 22: make the playoffs for IPL 2022 is now “too big a jump” for Mumbai Indians, feels former England player Graeme Swann after the five-time champions fell in three wickets to Chennai Super Kings at DY Patil Stadium on Thursday.
The loss in the ‘El Clasico’ clash is also Mumbai’s seventh consecutive loss in the tournament and keeps them bottom of the points table. “I was not surprised because they (Mumbai Indians) are in a panic. Now we can say they are not going to qualify now. It is too big of a jump for them,” Swann was quoted as saying by cricket. .com.
Mumbai made three changes for the match, giving their bowling attack a new look. The changes worked well as Hrithik Shokeen (0/23), right-arm pacer Riley Meredith (1/25) and quick left-arm Daniel Sams (4/30) were all crucial in keeping Chennai in check during the intermediates. “They played brilliantly. They almost won the game, but they had 20 runs to go,” Swann observed.
The 20 short runs, as Swann said, were caused by captain Rohit Sharma, wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan and number three Dewald Brevis falling in quick succession to Chennai’s left-arm pacer Mukesh Choudhary in the first six overs.
Sharma fell for a two-ball duck, jumping right into the middle of the opening. IPL 2022 has been a sub-par tournament for Sharma the batsman with just 114 runs at an average of 16.29 and a strike rate of 126.66 to show for it. His predecessor as captain of the Indian team, Virat Kohli, has also had a poor run in the IPL with 119 runs in seven matches.
Swann hopes that both Sharma and Kohli will get out of their losing streak soon. “They are both world-class players and all players go through this. It’s just we’re not used to it and it’s happening to both of them at the same time. If you’re an Indian fan, it’s a long time until the World Cup.” T20, so don’t panic.”
Another batsman in Mumbai’s lineup who has been in poor shape is Kishan, who got off to a good start in IPL 2022, posting 81 no outs and 54. But his form has slipped, posting 14, 26, 3, 13 and a gold. . duck against Chennai when Choudhary dropped it in the opening. Swann opined that the weight of a high price tag of INR 15.25 crores may not be the reason behind Kishan’s poor form.
“I can’t see how the price tag can weigh on your mind when you’re such a good player like this. There’s no pressure of being a foreign player and there are only four places. He’s just terribly out of shape.”
Swann signed off by saying that India should wait until the IPL 2022 is over to decide their batting line-up for the T20 Men’s World Cup in Australia later in the year.
“In the current form, if India plays England, I have to pick Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan. There is a lot of cricket to play in the IPL. For example, everyone talks about DK (Dinesh Karthik) and rightly so. What if doesn’t he have a good tournament ahead? Who knows if Badoni could score two hundred and he’s on the team or if Rahul Tewatia could win more games with sixes on the last ball.”
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— IANS Syndicate