A brief constructive analysis of IPL team Mumbai Indians
Few teams are as balanced as Mumbai Indians in this season of Indian Premier League. The yester year’s champions, born to rule this time not quite the case ! Their performance doesn’t reflect that and it makes an interesting study to analyze their mediocre ranking in tables and they are on the verge of being out of play offs race.
The season started for them with a clash against the bottom of the table team Rising Pune Supergiants and the result was unexpected. They collapsed like a pack of cards. The average bowling of Pune created all sorts of trouble to the (expected) one of the best batting units in IPL. There was no panic yet, as in previous seasons also their start hasn’t been great, some hatchy patchy work was required before qualifying for the play offs.
Next against the Kolkata Knight Riders, the top tier team of the season, all was back in place, like a German machinery with each part performing to the best of its ability. But somehow the consistency was not maintained as they suffered defeat against The Gujarat Lions. The season thereafter was ups and downs, though they did completed the double on KKR, the overall report suggested that something was indeed not up to requirement (having registered a poor 92 against Sunrisers Hyderabad while chasing).
They stand fifth in the table with 12 matches played six won and six lost. It is looking a bit decent because they have played a match or two more than others.
Rohit Sharma is the captain of the team and being a leader it’s understood that he will bear bulk of the load on his shoulders. However, one man is never enough to win a match, it’s a collective team effort. Apart from Jos Buttler, Keiron Pollard (at times) none has the temperament and class to match the bowlers. Parthiv Patel and Rayudu have shown sparks but those are being limited for some time now, the step-up mode is not quite there. Chasing big totals or setting targets it’s Sharma that it is always looked upto and in case he fails there is no backup player.
It is often observed that at the start of innings if a wicket or two falls early the run rate declines steadily. Pollard and Butler have great potential but sometimes it’s a little too late or messy for them. The failed experiment of Hardik Pandya’s promotion is also a strong reason for their slow build up in the tournament .
Too much coaching staff can sometimes have a clogging effect on tactics. The coaching staff can be made into a team itself (joke trending sometime back on the internet)
1. Head coach – Ricky Ponting
2. Batting coach – Robin Singh
3. Bowling coach – Shane Bond 
4. Fielding coach – Jonty Rhodes
5. Assistant coach – Paras Mhambrey
6. Mentor – Sachin Tendulkar
7. Youth development and head talent scout – John Wright
The Wankhede itself has been ideally suited for the team but shifting the venue to Vizag may also have contributed to the decline in performance .
The bowling looks better as compared to batting with Jasprit Bumrah been undoubtedly one of the best bowlers of the season. Mitchell McCelnaghan has been good so has been Tim Southee. The experienced hand of Harbhajan always helps with both bat and bowl. At times, they have leaked runs (against SRH and GL) but as a whole it has been satisfactory.
The balance of the team is also perfect, with the right blend of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders.
It would be a stupendous task to take the team to play offs from here but it’s something Rohit Sharma must be looking to accomplish before the IPL ends for them.