Former leg spinner of Mumbai Indians Piyush Chawla has reflected on the team’s three vital entrants, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and Jasprit Bumrah, ahead of their IPL 2022 match against arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings on Thursday, May 12.
Ishan Kishan has had an average season despite starting with consecutive fifties. Chawla said the left-handed opener’s solidarity lies in chasing after every ball, a strategy he tried in his thump of 51 (43) in a horrific defeat to the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Ishan Kishan’s best role is free play as opener: Piyush Chawla
The veteran bowler claimed that Ishan Kishan could have played his regular game if he had some help and that he will currently be trying to do so against the Super Kings. Chawla told ESPNcricinfo†
“Ishan’s best role is playing freely as an opener. We saw that when he got no points half way through the tournament and then he came and scored 26 (17) [ he scored 26 (18)]there too, he took early chances by trying to hit the supplies in his arc.
He got the start and could have done so in the last game, but so many wickets were falling around him that he had to adapt and play carefully. The situation called for it. If the game starts here, he will attack again from the first ball.”
Wankhede suits Rohit Sharma: Piyush Chawla
The World Cup-winning bowler admitted that Rohit’s form was inconsistent but said Wankhade would suit him as he continued to search for the much-anticipated huge score. Chawla added:
“Although he got out” [early] in the last game he showed brilliant form in the game before and looked good. He played that sit-on-one-knee scoop, which we don’t often see from him. If you’re in good shape, you like to play shots like this.
I won’t say he’s in really good shape because he doesn’t have the runs to show hits, but he would definitely like to play one big inning before the season is over. And Wankhade’s field suits him, so hopefully a big blow is imminent.”
Mumbai was the first team in the race for the top four. Rohit is the only player with 50 in every IPL season. He hasn’t had the opportunity to do that this year – his highest score was 43 – and currently has just three games left.
MI’s ouster from the top-four race came as a surprisingly favorable turn of events for Bumrah, according to Chawla. The right-arm pacer multiplied his season count by an astonishing five-wicket haul against the Knight Riders. While his 5/10 spell arrived in a terrible season, it is fifth best in the league’s entire existence.
Jasprit Bumrah had extra pressure in the first games: Piyush Chawla
Chawla admitted that the pacer tried to “excessively” perform for the team in the first 10 games, but still got the benefits when he got back on his principles against KKR. The 33-year-old spinner said:
“In the first few games he had that extra pressure because he didn’t have much support. To make up for that, he tried too much and when you do that for wickets you bowl some bad balls and also leak runs.
But in the last one, he kept it really simple and went back to his base. When you go back to your base you don’t look too much at what’s going on around and you just get to your best spots. That’s what we saw at Jasrpit Bumrah and that’s what he’s known for.”
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