Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan believes that Mumbai Indians are still capable of making a comeback in the IPL 2022 but rued the absence of a quality seamer other than Jasprit Bumrah is hurting the five-time champions badly.
While speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, the official broadcaster of IPL 2022, Irfan said: “Mumbai Indians know how to make a comeback from situations like these. They’ve done it in the past, back in 2014 and 2015. In IPL 2015, they were in a similar situation and came from behind to lift the title, but that team was a little different. This year, MI doesn’t have a bowler who can support Jasprit Bumrah well. This is a major headache for the captain.”
“MI’s batting still looks good as they have young Tilak Varma doing well, Suryakumar Yadav starred in his comeback game, and Ishan Kishan has been firing at the top. You hope Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard will also score runs as the tournament progresses but their bowling department looks weak, especially the pace attack. Traditionally, the pitches in Maharashtra have suited fast bowlers and if the seamers do their job well, then Murugan Ashwin will also return with better figures,” he added.
Former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh lauded Mumbai Indians’ top-order batter, Suryakumar Yadav, for his half-century in his comeback match and termed the right-handed batsman as pure gold.
While speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Harbhajan Singh said: “He is an amazing batsman. He is made an immediate impact in the very first game and it never felt like he was playing after such a long time. Some of the shots he played against KKR were just outrageous. You generally see batters play a sweep shot against spinners but he played it to perfection against pace which is never an easy shot to attempt. He is a complete 360-degree player. People talk about AB de Villiers, but for me, he is pure gold.”
Mumbai Indians are yet to register their first win of the IPL 2022 season.