Did you imagine two times defending champions of IPL, Mumbai Indians would not even qualify in this season? Well, it’s a history now, but what went wrong:
For the first time in last few years Mumbai Indians have failed to qualify the IPL playoffs. That’s really surprising and heartbreaking for MI fans as this team has set high profile results and expectations over the years. This season didn’t go right for Rohit Sharma and co. here we have listed some reasons below:
Slower Pitches all around:
It seems like an excuse but it is a valid reason for Mumbai Indians for losing many of their matches on slow pitches at Chennai earlier in the first leg and Dubai in the second leg. Mumbai’s pace attack is specially performs well on good pitches with some speed and bounce on the other hand batting unit loves hard hitting pitches with small boundaries.
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Gap between first and second leg:
It was the story for most of the teams; the gap created between league stage of the tournament changed circumstances of everything including stadiums. Luckily all the MI players were available for the second leg but few of them were quite inactive during the gap. This gap played huge role as before second leg MI were in the top four but they couldn’t manage to protect their position afterwards.
Lack of Team effort:
Mumbai Indians is the most successful team in the IPL history but the reason behind this success is the Team efforts they put in each and every match to dominate opponent side. This season that team effort didn’t go well and thus that affects team performance in the points table. There was a whole different story in each match, different reason of failure and a different situation to tackle. MI couldn’t handle all this as a team.
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Poor form and Dependency:
Mumbai Indians have more than enough match winners in their playing XI. Opponent can’t keep their eyes off if Mumbai players started walking ground to bat. But this time it felt like a average batting unit with totally down moral. Attacking batsmen Hardik Pandya just scored 127 runs in 11 innings this season, that was the worst performance by Pandya in years.
For the finishing touch especially when chasing Mumbai is dependent on Pandya and Kieron Pollard and both of them had a forgettable season this time. Talking about form Ishan Kishan who scored two back-to-back fifties in last two matches lagging to score runs earlier while Suryakumar Yadav scored runs below expectations.
We hope Mumbai Indians will come back stronger next season as they always do after failures. But scary part is mega auction is coming and we don’t know if we would get to see this team again.