Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra feels that the Mumbai Indians’ (MI) batting for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 version lacks depth. According to him, the five-time champions will miss the flexibility of the Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal.
MI will kick off their IPL 2022 marketing campaign by taking up the Delhi Capitals (DC) on the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
Previewing the conflict, Chopra mentioned throughout a dialogue on his YouTube channel:
“Mumbai Indians’ batting seems to lack depth this time. More significantly, there are no multi-faceted players. Earlier, they had Hardik, Krunal and Kieron Pollard coming in back-to-back. In the batting order, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan will open, but Sky (Suryakumar) Yadav is not available for the first match. That’s an issue. I can see Tilak Varma getting a chance.”
Suryakumar joined the MI camp on Saturday. He was present process rehabilitation on the National Cricket Academy (NCA) after sustaining a thumb damage in the course of the third T20I towards West Indies final month.
“Mumbai Indians might want to go in with more pace” – Aakash Chopra
During the dialogue, Chopra opined that MI would possibly want to go in with extra pacers contemplating their match towards Delhi might be performed on the Brabourne Stadium. He mentioned:
“Since the match is at Brabourne, Mumbai Indians might want to go in with more pace. They could go in with Daniel Sams, Tymal Mills and Jasprit Bumrah. Sams can bat as well so that could work in his favor. There is Fabian Allen as well, but spin might not work on this surface. Also, with his left-arm spin against Rishabh Pant, MI might not want to go down that route.”
Despite MI’s weaknesses, Chopra backed them to get the higher of Delhi on Sunday. According to the 44-year-old, DC are actually at half-strength contemplating the variety of gamers unavailable for the preliminary matches. He defined:
“Delhi are half the side at this point. (David) Warner and (Mitchell) Marsh are not available. They might have to open with (Tim) Seifert, Kona Bharat can bat at the top. Also, they might have to pick one between Khaleel (Ahmed) and Chetan (Sakariya). Delhi’s problems are manifold, so I see Mumbai winning this contest.”
DC will miss a few of their key Aussie gamers within the preliminary levels since Cricket Australia (CA) granted the NoC to its centrally-contracted gamers to take part in IPL 2022 from April 6.