New Delhi. Seeing the condition of Mumbai Indians, it is difficult to understand that while captaining the Indian team, why do captains get eclipsed in terms of leading their team in IPL? Surprisingly, Virat Kohli made Team India successful many times, but he could never get the Royal Challengers Bangalore title in the IPL. Now Virat is out of the rut of captaincy and RCB occupies a decent place in the points table. Who can be a bigger captain than Rohit Sharma in IPL, he has 5 titles in his captaincy, but what took over the captaincy of Team India, even the title was far from winning the only match.
Top ranked teams last
The format of IPL 2022 has changed and ten teams are participating after a long time. Earlier the 2011 season was also played with this format. This time two pools of 5-5 teams were formed, and in view of the glorious history of IPL so far, Mumbai Indians were given top ranking in one and Chennai Super Kings in one. The interesting thing is that both these teams are currently at the bottom of the current points table, and at the top are the two teams, which are brand new and obviously they were also placed at the bottom in terms of ranking.
Mumbai and Chennai on the verge of being knocked out of the playoffs
One defeat after another has brought Mumbai and Chennai to a place where both are seen out of the race for the playoffs this time. To reach the next round, they will not have to make the difficulty easy but the almost impossible into the possible. Both are going to face each other soon, but this match will not be for reaching the top, but not going to the bottom. A victory has already come in Chennai’s part, but Mumbai’s account is empty. Generally, teams have reached the playoffs even after winning seven matches in the previous edition, this time all will have to play 14-14 matches, and Mumbai has lost 6 consecutive matches and Chennai 5 matches. That is, something surprising will happen, then only the matter of both will be made.
Mumbai Indians cannot afford another defeat. (Mumbai Indians Instagram)
Mumbai’s star players still ineffective
Mumbai retained its core. The presence of Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard along with captain Rohit Sharma is also not showing any special color. Suryakumar Yadav is running for the team, 200 runs are deposited in his account in four matches. Ishan Kishan started well, scored 81 and 54 runs in the first two innings but is struggling now, even in 6 matches, his 200 runs have not been completed. Captain Rohit Sharma has so far scored runs at an average of just 19. Rohit has scored 41, 10, 03, 26, 28 and 6 runs in 6 innings so far. Three times he got a decent start but could not convert it into a big innings.
Suryakumar Yadav is seen in form. (PTI)
Jasprit Bumrah also disappointedKieran Pollard’s highest score in 6 innings was 25 in the last match. Mumbai had the most confidence in Jasprit Bumrah in bowling, but in the 6 matches played so far, only 4 wickets have come in his account. That is, the core which Mumbai was proud of, has not been able to run this time except Surya Kumar Yadav. The team has definitely got a young 19-year-old star in Tilak Verma, and apart from him, 18-year-old Dewald Brevis of South Africa is also doing well. Brevis had scored 506 runs in just 6 matches in the Under-19 World Cup last year.
Jofra Archer is not a part of this entire season of IPL, which was bought by Mumbai for 8 crores. (AFP)
Jofra Archer’s absence affected the team
The absence of unfit Jofra Archer is also continuously beating the wounds of Mumbai Indians. Then this time the team does not even have Pandya brothers, Rahul Chahar, Quinton de Kock and Trent Boult, their continuity kept the team strong. Surprisingly, no Mumbai bowler is included in the first 15 in terms of taking the most wickets. Although in 2015, Mumbai had won only one of its first 6 matches, but in the end the title of that season was named after Mumbai. Will Mumbai be able to do the same this time too? Where the team stands, now it has almost exhausted the cushion of losing any match.
The magic of Chennai Super Kings seems to be breaking. (CSK Instagram)
Chennai Super Kings is also under threat
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings, who have won the title four times, are in crisis, but by defeating RCB in the last match, they have maintained their oxygen. Shivam Dubey and Robin Uthappa made memorable batting in that match. Shubham scored 95 runs off 46 balls while Robin Uthappa played an aggressive innings of 88 runs off 50 balls. There was a partnership of 165 runs for the third wicket between the two, and this partnership put pressure on RCB while chasing. Surprisingly, apart from these two, there is not a single batsman in Chennai so far who has completed the total of 100. Even though Bravo has seven wickets in the bowling, but his economy is touching 9. In such a situation, despite the victory over RCB, Chennai’s balance does not seem right. To prove that Dubey and Uthappa’s partnership was not just a fluke, Chennai will have to do better in the rest of the matches as well.
Gujarat-Lucknow showed powerAnd now finally the discussion of those two teams, which may have been at the bottom of the rankings before the start of the league, but after almost half the journey of the league round, both are just a list. Both Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants have won 4-4 matches out of the last 5, both have 8-8 points so far, but Gujarat has played less than one match so it is on top and Lucknow is at number two.
Hardik Pandya’s team Gujarat Titans is at the top of the IPL points table. (PTI)
The manner in which Lucknow trampled Mumbai yesterday is commendable. Captain Lokesh Rahul’s unmatched century had disappointed Mumbai even before their batting began. Apart from Lokesh Rahul in this team, Quinton de Kock has also crossed the 200 mark. In terms of scoring the most runs in the league, Lokesh Rahul is at number two with 235 runs and Dekock is at number four with 212 runs. Avesh Khan has really made an impact in bowling. Avesh has so far taken 11 wickets. Ahead of Avesh, only Royals’ Yuzvendra Chahal, who has the highest number of 12 wickets in the league so far.
Hardik Pandya is playing captaincy innings
Like Lucknow, two batsmen of Gujarat Titans have crossed the 200 mark so far. Captain Hardik Pandya has added 232 runs in the last match against Rajasthan Royals with the help of 86 not out so far in 5 innings. Shubman Gill was not doing much better so far, but his innings of 96 against Punjab Kings has brought his midas touch to the mark. However, Shubman could not do anything special in both the matches played after this. The team’s bowling attack has decent sharpness. Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, and Rashid Khan all three seem to be able to control not only the run-rate, but have also been in constant wickets. Rashid Khan took 3 wickets for just 22 runs against Punjab Kings. Although the expectations from Rashid are endless, it is expected that he will look even better in the coming matches.
Hardik Pandya is scorching in IPL 2022. (PTI)
Victory against Gujarat is very important for Chennai
All eyes will be on the evening match in the double-header on Sunday, where Chennai Super Kings will take on the top-ranked, Gujarat Titans with the intention of keeping the flames of their hopes lit. Obviously, this match will predict the condition and direction of Chennai this season. In the match to be played in the afternoon, Punjab Kings, running at number five, will play against Sunrisers Hyderabad at number seven. Hyderabad’s performance this time has been better than the last few seasons.
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