Dubai: The UAE leg of the exuberant IPL has come to an end and the Mumbai Indians are yet to kick start the points table rolling. The defending champions are certainly struggling to register a win, not quite the beginning they were looking for. They now have five in five, Yes Defeats. Having changed the team dramatically over the past year, they have faltered in almost every department on the cricketing field. The reason behind stating this is that on paper, they have the quality and star power to give any team a run for their money, but this hasn’t been the case so far. They have a reliable coach in John Wright, but there seems to be no signs of positivity in the Mumbai Indians camp. Not to forget the fielding consultants Robin Singh & Jhonty Rhodes and the bowling advisor Anil Kumble, these are stalwarts who have mesmerized cricket lovers all across the world. The team has a support staff with oodles of experience and a great cricketing past.
To top all this, the little master Sachin Tendulkar, who quit all forms of the game last year, has taken up as the batting advisor of the winners of the 2013 Champions League. All this fanfare seems to be going down in vain, as the team refuses to perform. It is necessary for the players to pull up their socks and come with match-winning performances which they have been paid for, and are very much capable of too. The batting needs a shuffling where Michael Hussey needs to find an appropriate spot where his experience shows up to be the perfect fire extinguisher to the flaming youth of the hard-hitting Pollard & Anderson.
Off late, Ricky Ponting has also joined in as the batting consultant to the boys in blue & gold, but the outcome has seen no change. The Mumbai Indians seem to be gritting their teeth for a victory now and are ought to do so, as much is expected out of them. The batting order has been flummoxed by the oppositions and the bowling, leaving aside Malinga, has been repeatedly clobbered out of the park. The basic approach as a unit has been drowsy & bleak.
All said and done, the players need to leave the UAE debacle behind them and start afresh. They have cricketing legends by their side to seek help from and each individual should make an effort to talk his problems out. Placed in a desperate situation where they almost need to win every match in order to make it to the top four in the IPL7, Mumbai Indians definitely have an uphill task in hand. But better late than never, proper vision and planning may soon turn the tables.
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