Mumbai Indians suffered a heavy defeat in the hands of Delhi Daredevils in a must win knockout game. The defending champions couldn’t chase a total of 175 and lost the game 11 runs in the breathtaking knockout game. Mumbai Indians had to finish this IPL campaign with just 6 wins in 14 games and ended at 5th position in the points table. They were one match short of making it to the playoffs.
Apart from the opening partnership of Lewis and Suryakumar and the blistering cameo of Ben Cutting, the team failed miserably to put up a good show. Ishan Kishan ,Ewin Lewis performed decently throughout the season. Hardik Pandya took 18 scalps and amassed 260 runs . His brother , Krunal Pandya too had his share of performances.
Let’s have a look a the players who turned out to be disasters for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018
The hitman probably had the worst IPL season till date as a batsman. With 3 ducks and only 2 fifties in 14 games he looked in a very poor touch with the bat. His back to back dismal performances got him trolled heavily over social media as well.
Rohit Sharma failed to anchor the innings for his side in the IPL edition. He might have been one of the greatest players in IPL history , yet he couldn’t play up to the team’s expectations. Rohit could amass mere 286 runs , considering he comes in at number 3 or 4 and sometimes even did the opening for MI.
The only innings where he played his money worth would have been against RCB where he scord 94 of 52 balls. MI won that match easily by a margin of 46 runs. He couldn’t play the role of an innings builder for MI as he used to in the previous editions.
Pollard has been with the MI since the 3rd season of IPL and over the years played a central role in their victories . He has been highly influential as an all rounder with 2000+ runs and 50+ wickets.
He has been previously involved in innings building partnerships. Pollard ,has also at times played the role of a match winner for 2013 , 2015 and 2017 seasons for the MI. In the 2018 auctions, MI used the right-to-match card to bring him in for 5.4 crore.
In 9 matches, he could score only 133 runs and was thus dropped from the side for 5 games. His all round abilities proved to be of no use this edition. Pollard has let down Mumbai Indians by his fatal performances as a batsmen.
The Bangladeshi pacer’s inclusion in the team was primarily because of his ability to bowl in quick yorkers , cutters in the final overs.
He was bought by MI in the auctions at a rate of 2.2 crore. Rahman was better off with SRH, where back in 2016 he emerged with 17 scalps under his name. He was left out of 7 of those 14 games , which he bowled at an economy of 8.36.
Mumbai couldn’t get Fizz to repeat his 2016’s abilities as player . If Mustafizur would have performed his game in the similar fashions this season , then MI wouldn’t have sunk into such a deep pit . He was expected to be a quaility bowling partner to Jasprit Bumrah . The left arm pacer could have been retained permanently if he didn;t fail as a bowler.