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Mumbai Indians failed to relive their glory in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season. The Rohit Sharma-led MI failed to reach the playoffs after finishing last in the league stage. MI were done and dusted when they scripted an unwanted record of posting eight successive losses from the start of IPL 2022. Their skipper had a forgettable campaign with the bat, and the bowling was weak as well. MI will need a serious approach next season and perhaps get going. We present the report card of MI.

League stage status and points

In the league stage, MI finished last, having played 14 games. They collected four wins and suffered 10 losses. With 8 points and an NRR of -0.506, MI were outplayed and never quite got going. MI suffered eight successive defeats against DC, RR, KKR, RCB, PBKS, LSG, CSK, and LSG, respectively. They claimed two successive wins over RR and GT, respectively, post the string of defeats. They lost against KKR next before beating CSK. A defeat followed versus SRH, and MI finished off with a win versus DC.

MI performance across powerplay, middle, and death overs

As per ESPNCricinfo, Rohit and Ishan Kishan scored the most runs for MI in PP overs. They managed 227 and 225 runs, respectively. Rohit has a strike rate of 124.04. Kishan managed a SR of 112.50. As a team, MI managed the eighth-most runs as a side in the first six overs. They amassed 626 runs and had a run rate of 7.45. In terms of bowling, Daniel Sams was the pick of the bowlers for MI in the powerplay, with eight scalps at 18.50. As a team, MI managed 22 wickets in the PP overs (fourth-highest) in IPL 2022.

In the overs between 7 and 15, Tilak Varma amassed 315 runs for MI. He was the fourth-highest scorer in middle overs in IPL 2022. Varma averaged 52.50 with the bat in the middle overs. Murugan Ashwin managed seven wickets for MI with the ball in the middle overs. MI posted a tally of 38 wickets in the middle overs as a team. In terms of runs, they collected a tally of 1,055 runs which was the lowest.

At the death, Tim David scored 114 runs for MI with a strike rate of 247.82. In terms of bowling, Jasprit Bumrah bagged eight scalps for his side. As a team, MI scored 536 runs at the death, which was the fifth-best in IPL 2022. In terms of wickets, they managed to take 27 scalps.

Positives for MI

Tilak Varma was the biggest positive for MI. As an uncapped player, he looked so confident, and despite being just 19, he shouldered the responsibility. He scored 397 runs for MI at 36.09. Going forward, Varma has shown he can be a real deal for the side and looks set for a marathon innings in MI’s IPL chapter. 

Jasprit Bumrah finished with 15 scalps and shouldered the workload without much support. He has been a consistent performer, and MI were once again blessed to have him do well in his role. 

The likes of Dewald Brevis and Tim David showed their strengths. Brevis, like Varma, has a good future in MI’s set-up. The SA teenager played his array of strokes and was not afraid of expressing himself. David showed his character towards the end of MI’s campaign after being left on the bench. He has shown he is a perfect finisher and can be a real hand in taking over the mantle.

A special mention goes to Suryakumar Yadav, who didn’t play the entire season because of injury, but when he did, he looked as sublime as ever. 

Overall, the side needs to find a lot of answers next season and build on the positives.

What went missing?

Not a single fifty for Rohit Sharma and continuous struggle at the top hurt MI’s cause. He looked like a pale shadow of himself, and this impacted his captaincy too. Rohit looked like a figure with several questions in his head. He didn’t have a quality side on offer too. 

Kieron Pollard was poor just like Rohit. The big-hitting West Indian never got going and was ultimately dropped. MI needed his expertise and experience, but that never came.

MI struggled to play well in the middle overs both in terms of wickets and runs. This was one area that bit them. Besides Varma and SKY, nobody did well. They also lost a lot of wickets in this phase. Bowling wise, Ashwin took seven scalps, and when you look at other teams, the numbers are low. 

MI’s bowling was abysmal for most parts. Known as a side with quality bowling, MI lacked character both in pace and spin departments. This saw them miss out largely.

What can MI do better?

MI need to improve their bowling next season. They took a gamble on Jofra Archer for IPL 2023 but looking at his injuries; he may not even play. MI need to look at the market and go for potential T20 specialists. They need an attack to support Bumrah and perhaps Daniel Sams. The Indian pace-bowling unit is also below-par. MI need their batters to fire as well, and the onus will be on Rohit to show he has fuel left in the tank. With players like Pollard, they should use the perform or perish mantra.

Report card marks

Out of 10, MI get a rating of 3 this season. They didn’t have a promising squad to begin with, and the body language wasn’t just right. Rohit played a role in his team’s overall output and approach.

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