Former India opener Aakash Chopra thinks Mumbai Indians‘ (MI) batting Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 edition lacks depth. According to him, the five-time champions will miss the versatility of the Pandya brothers – Hardik and Kronal.
MI will start their IPL 2022 campaign. capital of delhi (Washington, D.C.) at Braben Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
While previewing the clash, Chopra said in a discussion on his YouTube channel:
“The Mumbai Indians’ batting seems to lack depth this time. More importantly, no versatility. Earlier, they had Hardik, Krunal and Kieron Pollard back-to-back. In the batting order, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan will open but Sky (Suryakumar) Yadav didn’t play in the first game. That was a problem. I could see Tilak Varma getting his chance.”
Suryakumar joined the MI camp on Saturday. He is undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) after suffering a thumb injury in his third T20I match against West Indies last month.
“Mumbai Indians may want to pick up the pace” – Aakash Chopra
During the discussion, Chopra suggested that MI might prefer to play with more Pacers given that their match against Derry will be at Braben Stadium. He said:
“Since the game is being played in Brabane, the Mumbai Indians may want to play at a faster pace. They can choose Daniel Sams, Tymal Mills and Jasprit Bumrah. Sams can also bat and that will work in his favor. Fabian Allen There is also, but rotation may not work on this surface. Also, MI may not want to go that route due to his left arm rotation against Rishabh Pant.”
Despite MI’s weaknesses, Chopra backed them to beat Delhi on Sunday. According to the 44-year-old, DC was almost half as strong, considering the number of players who couldn’t make it to the opening game. He explained:
“Derry is half at this point. (David) Warner and (Mitchell) Marsh are unavailable. They may have to open with (Tim) Seifert and Kona Bharat can bat at the top. Also, They may have to choose between Khaleel (Ahmed) and Chetan (Sakariya). Delhi’s problems are multi-faceted, so I see Mumbai winning this match.”
DC will miss out on some key Australian players in the initial stages since Cricket Australia (CA) awarded the NoC to its central signings for IPL 2022 from April 6.