Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians (MI) has witnessed a disappointing outing in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 and it didn’t change against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Tuesday as they suffered a close 3-run defeat. The loss has virtually guaranteed the five-time IPL champs the wooden spoon for this year.
MI skipper, Rohit Sharma has struggled to score runs all through the season and even Jasprit Bumrah has looked unnaturally inconsistent, while Kieron Pollard has ‘willingly’ dropped himself from the playing XI altogether. As a result, Mumbai has had to try out several new faces this time around as Tilak Verma and Dewald Brevis batted with great maturity.
The likes of Daniel Sams and Tim David- after having a sedate start to the tournament- have managed to score some runs. A lot of the Indian youngsters like Kumar Kartikeya, Hrithik Shokeen, and Ramandeep Singh have also been impressive. One prominent name among the four guys who’ve warmed benches for the last two seasons is Arjun Tendulkar, son of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar.
Arjun Tendulkar – with his burgeoning prowess in bowling left-arm pace- has often been floated around as a potential option to assume that role. Yet it has been 13 matches into this season, and MI are yet to play him and the likes of Aryan Juyal, Rahul Buddhi, and Akash Madhwal.
While addressing the commentator at the start of the game, captain Rohit revealed that MI is primarily looking to try out players for the next season.
Talking about the chance, Rohit Sharma said, “We want to look at certain players with an eye on next year. The team is trying to have a look at them before making a decision for next year. It is important that the core group plays. We want to keep certain aspects of our Mumbai team. We have one more game after this, and we can try a few more guys in that game.”
Here are some of the best reactions to Rohit Sharma’s pre-match comments:
— Nilesh G (@oye_nilesh) May 17, 2022
Arjun Tendulkar, Aryan Juyal, Akash Madwal, Rahul Buddhi
Only these players left to play.!!
– Aryan once played as wk replacement
Let's do this MI, let's make a record by playing all 25 players💙🥳#MumbaiIndians
— Srushti (@Srushtipb) May 17, 2022
Everyone is waiting for Arjun Tendulkar's debut.Yes?
— SKY DIVOTEE!! (@LoyalFanOfSKY63) May 17, 2022
Just imagine the outrage of RCB if Mumbai Indians makes Arjun Tendulkar debut against Delhi Capitals
— 𓃵 Ctrl C + Ctrl Memes 45 (@Ctrlmemes_) May 16, 2022
Rohit Sharma said after winning toss against Sunrisers Hyderabad in #IPL MI will try a few more guys in the final game of the season against Delhi Capitals. A signal that Arjun Tendulkar will make his #IPL debut?
— Priyarag Verma (@priyarag) May 17, 2022
Arjun Tendulkar is playing his last match and first as well.
— Devendra Singh (@Devendra0304) May 17, 2022