Mumbai Indians, the most successful side in the history of the Indian Premier League, were the first team to crash out of the playoffs race in IPL 2022. Throughout the season, MI were plagued by injuries, inconsistency, poor form and many thought, poor auction strategy.
And for the first time in their history, Mumbai Indians finished last on the points table after losing 10 out of their 14 matches. They were tied on 8 points with defending champions Chennai Super Kings but a significantly poorer net run rate of 0.506 ensured MI finished at the bottom of the 10-team points table.
Mumbai Indians spent a whopping Rs 15.25 crore on Ishan Kishan but he did not live up to his expectations. He finished the season with 418 runs but they came at a strike-rate of 120.11 and two of his three fifties this summer were scored in the first two matches.
Moreover, Rohit Sharma had another poor year in the IPL and finished the season without hitting a half-century. The lack of contributions from the captain made it a nightmarish campaign for the five-time IPL winners. Rohit, one of the most destructive openers in the modern-day game, scored only 268 runs at 19.14 with a best of 48.
Both Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan found some form towards the second half but by then, it was too late.
Mumbai Indians had a horror run, losing their first eight matches of the season before winning four out of their next six matches.
None of their stars stood up when they should have. Jasprit Bumrah was unable to make any impact and reserved his best when the damage to their campaign was already done. Kieron Pollard had a forgettable stint and he was eventually left out as Mumbai tried out new players with an eye on the future.
Suryakumar Yadav’s absence for the first two matches was certainly a blow while the young and inexperienced middle-order was exposed in the absence of the Pandya brothers whose new teams made it to the playoffs in a painful reminder of their all-round capabilities.
However, MI would be happy with some of their new recruits delivering in crunch games. Tilak Varma, the 19-year-old batter, has been a revelation and Rohit Sharma felt he might an all-format player for India soon. The young South African Dewald Brevis was impressive in the opportunities he got but the most thrilling player in their ranks was Tim David who was surprisingly not selected in the playing XI when MI still had a chance to make a dash for the playoffs.
Tim David played only eight matches for MI in IPL 2022 but hit 187 runs at a strike-rate of 210.11. His cameo in MI’s last game of the season against Delhi Capitals not only helped them finish on a winning note but also helped Royal Challengers Bangalore book a spot in the playoffs.
Mumbai Indians have a lot to work on but they also have a lot of hope, the biggest of which is to see Jofra Archer fit and in action next season. Rohit Sharma needs to lead from the front in 2023 and Ishan Kishan, who was possibly bogged down by the weight of his expensive price tag, should come and bat a lot more freely.
Jasprit Bumrah was used much better by Rohit Sharma while the likes of Daniel Sams and Riley Meredith have shown some promise of adding some teeth to the bowling attack.