Mumbai Indians have been enduring a horrendous campaign in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, having suffered defeats in their first eight outings. They are virtually out of the playoffs race and the cricket world is stunned. After all, MI is the most successful IPL franchise to date, having clinched the title a record five times. However, nothing really has gone their way this season. Skipper Rohit Sharma’s dismal show has been one of the major reasons behind the side’s poor show. The right-handed batter has scored just 153 runs in eight matches so far with his average being below 20. As several questions have been raised over MI’s tactics and combination, Rohit has faced massive criticism.
Former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop has said that Rohit “seemed like a broken man” after Mumbai Indians’ previous game against Lucknow Super Giants. He also said Tim David must be inducted into the XI to strengthen the batting line-up. “When I spoke to Rohit Sharma after the last game, he seemed a broken man, understandably. It is a franchise with a great pedigree. I think they need some personnel changes. I think they need Tim David. I don’t know why he hasn’t featured more often,” Bishop told Star Sports.
“They need someone in that batting lineup to get them to a more significant score to hold things, and maybe power things up a little bit. Obviously, Suryakumar Yadav has been playing well,” he added. Bishop further said MI’s bowling concerns have been the biggest reason behind their downfall. Their bowling has been leaking runs at critical times in matches, so it’s disappointing for them this year. But still, they got to see how they can get out of it, and see how they can develop some of those players going forward,” he further added. Meanwhile, MI have nothing but pride to play for in the remaining fixtures and they must fight for a turnaround.