IPL 2022
Mahela Jayawardene Acknowledges Rohit Sharma Is Unable To Convert The Starts
By CricShots - May 5, 2022 3:04 pm
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Five-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians are witnessing their worst outing in the ongoing season as they have lost 8 out of nine games they have played so far. One of the reasons why MI is at the bottom of the table is Rohit Sharma has not been able to score big as he has registered just 155 runs at an average of 17.22. With him going through a lean patch, MI has failed to get big opening partnerships. MI head coach Mahela Jayawardene also acknowledged that Rohit has not been able to convert his starts this season.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma is getting starts

However, Jayawardene also opined that at the end of the day, it is about collective team performance rather than individual performance. He also highlighted how the finishers have also not been able to take Mumbai Indians over the line.

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During a virtual press conference, as per the quotes in NDTV, Mahela Jayawardene said, “Yes, as you rightly said Ro (Rohit Sharma) has been brilliant in batting for long periods, getting those big scores consistently. He knows he had started and he is disappointed that he has been unable to convert them into big ones. For a team to work it is not about just one individual, it is about a team executing a game plan.”

Mahela Jayawardene and Rohit Sharma

He further elaborated, “At the same time, we have not had those finishers at the backend also. It is about getting most of the guys playing good cricket and having that consistency going through. That is something we have lacked. You take Gujarat Titans for example this season, you have seen them winning 3-4 games at least from positions from where they were completely outplayed by individual brilliance or finishing games off by either Miller, or Tewatia, or even Rashid.”

Mumbai Indians managed to churn out their first win of the ongoing season in their ninth match against Rajasthan Royals (RR).

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When asked if MI is looking to try out someone like Arjun Tendulkar in the remaining matches, as per the quotes in NDTV, Mahela Jayawardene replied: “Well, I think everyone is the squad is an option, it is about match-ups and how we can win the matches. Every game is a confidence thing, we managed to get our first win and it is about stringing wins together. If Arjun is one of them then yes, but it all depends on the combination that we put out.”

Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma Mumbai Indians (MI) will next be locking horns with Gujarat Titans (GT) on Friday at the Brabourne Stadium.