The defending champion Mumbai Indians start as one of the favorites for the upcoming season with a well-balanced squad. The batting lineup has no visible loopholes and they have one of the strongest finishing units along with KKR. The only little weakness is the spin department, but that is only when they are compared with other spin attacks on paper.
Having a side with all bases covered, MI look primed to defend their title and break the odd-even trend. As we near the start of the season, we look at how MI batsmen have performed against different types of bowling since 2018:
- The defending champions do not have a batsman who can be regarded among the best in the last two years, but they have a bunch of players who have contributed well enough as a team on a consistent basis.
- Suryakumar and Quinton at the top, Hardik, Krunal and Krunal at the death have been terrific in their roles. Lynn’s addition only adds to the firepower.
- Rohit’s form is clearly a cause of concern, but they have the team to more than makeup for it.
- All of them score at a 130-plus strike rate barring Ishan Kishan, who also happens to get our every 17 balls.
- Krunal has a bit of concerns with the short ball, which is evident from his dismissal rate (16.09).
- Hardik’s improved strike rate against pacers has been a huge boon for MI in the past couple of seasons.
- While MI batsmen score at a good pace against the left-arm pacers, almost all of them have poor dismissal rates.
- Rohit Sharma’s weakness against left-arm seamers is a known thing and him getting out every 13 balls is indicative of the fact.
- The middle order trio of Pollard and Pandya brothers have poor dismissal rates despite having terrific strike rates.
- The two top-order batsmen though have a good record; Lynn who gets out every 41.5 balls and has a strike rate of 169.88, Quinton gets out every 30.5 balls and scores at 152.46.
- The MI lineup has batsmen, some of whom have been absolutely brilliant, while some others have been way below-par against off-spinners.
- Hardik, Suryakumar and Rohit have been superb against the offies; Hardik with a strike rate of 200 in 38 balls without getting dismissed, Suryakumar getting dismissed just once in 125 balls with a strike rate of 129.60 and Rohit with a 140-plus strike rate and getting dismissed once every 30 balls.
- Krunal, Quinton and Ishan Kishan have been particularly vulnerable which is on the expected lines; with the off-spinners spinning it away from left handers.
- All MI batsmen have found it easy against the left-arm spinners in terms of dismissal rate, except for the skipper, who has been totally struggling against them. Rohit gets out once in every 6.33 balls and scores at a strike rate of 70.
- Pollard, Ishan and Quinton have a decent strike rate without getting dismissed, while Suryakumar and Krunal need to score faster.
- Suryakumar with a strike rate of 98.51 after facing 67 balls implies he gets stuck against the SLA spinners, something the opposition can look to put him under pressure.
- The openers Rohit and Quinton have struggled to get going against wrist spin. Rohit has a good dismissal rate but scoring rate is very low. Quinton gets out once every 19 balls and scores at a sub-100 strike rate.
- Ishan Kishan needs to get a bit more stability, and if he does, he is MI’s best weapon against wrist spin, as evident from his strike rate of 213.46 after facing 52 balls.
- Suryakumar and Hardik have been decent, the former with a good strike rate and the later with good stability. Pollard and Krunal have a lot of scope for improvement.
Overall, the MI batsmen have been guilty of getting dismissed easily against left-arm pacers while not being able to up the ante against wrist spinners. Quite surprisingly, the left-handers who are expected to take on wrist spinners have got out quite easily against them. For all other kinds of bowling, they have a terrific lineup, thanks to a superb mix of left and right handers throughout the lineup.