IPL 2021: Why did 5-time champion Mumbai Indians fail this year? Captain Rohit Sharma himself revealed


New Delhi: IPL 2021 has now reached its last stage. CSK, Delhi Capitals, RCB and KKR have reached the playoffs of this tournament, but surprisingly, the five-time winner Mumbai Indians team could not even reach the last four. Now Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma has said a big thing about the performance of the team.

Rohit told the reason for the failure

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said his team collectively failed in the second leg of the Indian Premier League on Friday after failing to make the playoffs despite their 42-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad here. Chasing Mumbai’s target of 236 runs, Hyderabad’s team could only manage 193 runs for eight wickets.

Rohit said after the match, ‘We are proud of what we have achieved. In Delhi we were getting into the rhythm after winning the match but after that there was a break (due to COVID-19 cases). We collectively failed as a team after coming here. Glad to have won today. We gave everything and I am sure it was entertaining for the fans as well.

On the team’s failure to make it to the playoffs, Rohit said, “When you play for a franchise like Mumbai, you are always expected to do well. I wouldn’t call it pressure, it’s expectations.

Hyderabad had to be reduced to 65 all out

To qualify for the playoffs, Mumbai had to restrict Sunrisers to less than 65 runs. Sunrisers team finished last in the eight-team table with 6 points. Manish Pandey (69 not out in 41 balls, seven fours, two sixes), Jason Roy (34) and Abhishek Sharma (33) played useful innings for Sunrisers. For Mumbai, James Neesham took 28, Jasprit Bumrah 39 and Nathan Coulter-Nile took two wickets each for 40 runs. Ishaan scored 84 off 32 balls while Suryakumar scored 82 runs in 40 balls as Mumbai made 235 for nine, which is the team’s highest score in IPL history. This is also the highest score of IPL 2021.

Manish Pandey was the captain of Hyderabad

Manish Pandey, who is leading the team due to Kane Williamson’s injury, said that their fast bowlers wereted more runs. Pandey said, ‘It was the best wicket of the tournament on the pitches we played on. We knew Mumbai would throw everything and they did. I think we could have bowled better. Our fast bowlers gave some extra runs and we had to bear the brunt of it in the end. Sunrisers’ team finished last in the points table with six points and Pandey said that they failed to do well as a team.

He said, ‘We were able to win only three matches. There were a lot of changes in our team but none of the combinations worked. We had to struggle, even in the initial matches in Chennai. We tried to do better in the second half but unfortunately couldn’t. Some players did well individually but did not perform well as a team.


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