We are half-way through IPL 2018 edition and the four teams that have struggled in the bottom half of the table standings must be looking to bring a change in their affairs to turn things around. Two of such teams are Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians and Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have brilliant teams on paper, but things aren’t seeming to be panning out so well for either of them on the ground. The two teams are now scheduled to face each other on 1st May, at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, and Vivian Richards writes in his column for Times of India, that Mumbai Indians are focussing on using Mayank Markandey and the Pandya brothers to gain momentum.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been in great form in IPL 2018 and otherwise, but it is their team’s all-round performance which needs to improve if they want to qualify for the playoffs, considering that Mumbai Indians are the defending champions of the IPL title while RCB are being led by arguably the best batsman and skipper in world cricket.
Both Mumbai & Bangalore are struggling in IPL 2018
With a fantastic batting line-up that manages to get runs on the board, both the teams’ bowling in the death overs has been below par, which has been made worse coupled with their poor fielding. Failure of getting the fundamentals right has definitely cost Virat Kohli and and his men a number of games, for example, dropping Chris Lynn‘s easy catch which deprived the RCB of a win in the previous match, despite of Murugan Ashwin picking up crucial wickets.
Mumbai Indians looking at Mayank Markande & Pandya brothers
Mumbai, on the other hand, are looking at players like Mayank Markande and the Pandya brothers to help get them get into their groove. Similar to RCB, even Mumbai Indians have an excellent batting lineup, but will have worries regarding their bowling unit being on point, and their fielding unit being agile enough.
It has become clearly evident in IPL 2018, that taking care of the bowling department is equally important as loading the batting unit with power-hitters, something that the teams didn’t seem to have paid heed to, and something that Sunrisers Hyderabad are enjoying in their dominant run.
SRH have played in such a fashion, utilizing their bowling and batting units all the same, that they have won most of their low-scoring matches, with Rashid Khan and Siddarth Kaul picking up key wickets in every match. The SRH bowling unit has been riding waves in the news owing to their bowling and fielding efforts, as opposed to other teams’ batting-based performances, and are sure to bag more victories.
Given the current table standings, both MI and RCB need to find a solution to their problem fast enough, so that they can start on their road to revival. Therefore, making crucial plays and decisions, apart from adapting to the pressure of the thrilling match-ups is very important in the forthcoming games.
How Chris Lynn moved aside from his traditional explosive style against RCB was admirable. Mumbai definitely know how to stick on when it matters. Being back to winning ways, it just might be Mumbai’s time to go full on.