In order for the team to work, it is not just one individual – Mahela Jayawardene defends the form for hitting Rohit Sharma

Mumbai Indians head coach Mahel Jayawardene backed coxswain Rohit Sharma for his lack of running and said the team had failed to achieve results.

The Mumbai Indians have lost eight of their nine games so far in the 2022 IPL, which is bizarre for cricket fans.

Rohit scored 155 runs in nine innings with a terrific average of 17.22. The MI captain has yet to score half a century in this IPL edition, and 41 against Delhi Capitals is his biggest result.

Rohit Sharma. (Image credit: Twitter)

The skipper of the Mumbai Indians set an undesirable record with the most ducks in the history of the IPL (14).

Rohit Sharma is disappointed that he failed to turn good beginnings into great ones: Mahela Jayawardene

Jayawardene admitted that Rohit failed to turn good starts into great results, but also pointed to problems with the wrong lower middle order.

“Let me answer that in a much fairer way. Yes, as you rightly said, Ro (Rohit Sharma) was brilliant at hitting long periods, getting those great results consistently, and the other guys were fighting around him. He knows he had starts and is disappointed that he failed to turn them into big ones, ”Jayawardene told a virtual news conference.

Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene. Image: IPL

“In order for a team to function, it is not just one person, but a team that executes the game plan. The way we structured our lineup this season is something we missed at the top as well, ”he added.

That’s something we missed: Mahela Jayawardene due to the lack of a finisher

The Mumbai Indians lost the services of the Pandy brothers due to a reshuffle ahead of the season that left Kieron Pollard the only finisher for the team.

Just like Rohit, Pollard is also going through a skinny part with Willow scoring 125 runs in nine innings with a hit rate of 120.19.

The Mumbai Indians also lack depth in their hitting order this season, something that forced the team’s management to bring Suryakumara Yadava to 5th place in several shifts.

Jayawardene pointed out the lack of finishers in the team, citing examples of Gujarat Titans table players.

“At the same time, we didn’t have those finishers in the background. It’s about most guys playing good cricket and that consistency goes through. That is something we missed, ”said Jayawardene.

“Take the Gujarat Titans as an example this season, you’ve seen them win 3-4 games at least from positions from which they were completely outplayed by individual brilliance or finishing games by Miller, Tewatie or even Rashid,” he added.

The Mumbai Indians will play the Gujarat Titans at the next game on Friday (May 6th) at Brabourne Stadium.

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