Mumbai Indians (MI) have so far lived up to their expectations of being slow starters in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) with three consecutive defeats in their first three games of the season. The captain of Rohit Sharma will do everything in his power to change things for the team and get on the winning track as soon as possible. MI lost their first match against Delhi Capitals (DC) by 4 wickets and followed it up with a disappointing defeat to Rajasthan Royals by 23 runs. Their recent loss to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 5 wickets came at the back of a stunning at bat by Pat Cummins, who hit a half-century 14 ball to take his side to victory.
Here’s a look at MI’s predicted XI to play before their clash against RCB on Saturday:
Ishan Kishan: Wicket-keeper batter Ishan Kishan’s form was one of the few positive results of their first 3 games. He has scored 149 runs so far with an average of 74.50 and an impressive strike rate of 133.04.
Rohit Sharma: Rohit’s batting form has been a concern for MI this season. The prolific batter will look to change his dismal 54 runs scored out of an 18 average and help the team get off to an explosive start.
Dewald Brevis: The South African Brevis looked good on his IPL debut. However, he will want to build on his first outing and get a big score.
Suryakumar Yadav: Suryakumar remains the backbone of this team as he showed the same courage and hunger for points in the first game he played for MI this season. He scored 52 points, including five fours and two sixes.
Tilak Varma: Tilak, hitherto a relatively unknown entity in IPL cricket, brilliantly announced himself with a fifty in the first three games he has played for MI so far. He has scored 121 runs at an average of 60.5 and will continue to increase that number throughout the tournament.
Kieron Pollard: MI will be looking to Pollard to regain his all-round brilliance as the presence of the West Indian allows Rohit to play with the team combination a bit. What MI would ideally like from Pollard, however, is to finish matches from tight quarters, either with the bat or with the ball.
Daniel Sams: Daniel Sams endured a terrible outing against KKR, where he scored 35 runs in a single over and was on the receiving end of a Pat Cummins blitz that resulted in MI losing their third game at the trot. The left arm pacer will once again have to do its job against the likes of Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis and other big hitters in RCB.
Murugan Ashwin: Murugan has so far taken 4 wickets in three games for MI with an impressive 7.10 economy. However, Rohit will want more from the spinner, especially in the power play when he wants to take his chances against Kohli and others.
Jasper Bumrah:After personally making a rare bad start in IPL 2022, Bumrah could be expected to get excited as he meets some big hitters on the RCB side. But Rohit will have to use the pacer wisely and save it from crunch situations.
Tymal mills:The left-armed bowler made his IPL debut with RCB in 2017 and will now try to prove his point when he meets his former squad which is full of attackers with a big T20 reputation. So far this season he has 6 wickets in three games for MI.
Basil Thampi: Thampi started the tournament well and impressed everyone with a raw pace and impeccable lines and lengths. So far he has claimed three wickets in as many matches and will improve on this number in the coming matches.
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