What is not working right for Defending Champions Mumbai Indians in the ongoing season of IPL 2021?

Defending Champions Mumbai Indians is going through turmoil at the moment with their experienced middle order including the likes of Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Pollard, and Pandya brothers are not firing with the willow at the moment which means that total dependency is on Rohit Sharma and Qunition De Kock to take the franchise over the line.

Mumbai: Mumbai Indians player Harbhajan Singh and Jagadeesha Suchith during an IPL-2015 match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai, on April 12, 2015. (Photo: Nitin Lawate/IANS)

As Cricket is a team game where every 11 members of the squad should contribute in order to register a victory in a match and that’s is not happening with them at the moment.

Also the overseas players like Pollard, Milne have had a tough season so far so certain permutations and combinations should be applied by Mumbai Indians and at least in place of Milne an experience all rounder like Neesham should be given run in playing X1 who can be handy with both bat and ball.

The fearless brand of cricket which they are known for playing is missing in the second leg of IPL 2021. The other concern is ace all-rounder Hardik Pandya who is not bowling in the ongoing IPL and rest aside from bowling he didn’t play the first two games because of fitness concerns.

The management said that we are managing his workload keeping the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 in mind but the question arises if he wasn’t why was he selected for the India T20 World Cup squad and how can he bowl those crucial overs in the middle.

As Chief Selector Chetan Sharma said that Hardik will be bowling his full quota of four overs in the upcoming T20 World Cup which is scheduled right after IPL 2021 and if he is not bowling for Mumbai Indians in the ongoing cash-rich league how come he will be fit to bowl four overs for India. There is nothing to take away from Hardik Pandya he is certainly one of the talented all-rounders we have but if he is not fit then the likes of Shardul Thakur or Deepak Chahar should be given chance in 15 member squad who are in reserves.