Mumbai Indians batsman Suryakumar Yadav isn’t too worried about the team’s mid-range hiccups and said it was just one game and will make a comeback. .
The middle order of MI, comprising hard-hitting batsmen like Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, his brother Krunal, were unable to exploit their potential during the Chennai stage of the T20 tournament.
While skipper Rohit Sharma (63) got the highest score, the middle order again failed to deliver on Friday night as Mumbai slumped to 131 for six, a score easily chased by the Punjab Kings with nine counters to spare.
Suryakumar, however, said mid-order performances were “not really” a cause for concern for the team.
“… they worked really hard in the net, every day, every training session, it’s just a question of a game, I think we will come back to the games”, he said. he said at a virtual press conference. .
“Everyone tries to take that responsibility every game, it just doesn’t work, it happens in this sport, but I’m sure they will come back really stronger.”
Five-time champions, the Mumbai Indians have played five games at MA Chidambaram Stadium, taking two wins and three losses.
“The conditions are little different here, but we try to play on such wickets in training,” said Suryakumar, who scored 33-27 against Punjab.
“We’ve been through this before and come back really stronger, so I think we’ll come back really stronger, we shoot in one game and then there’s no turning back.”
Mumbai are set to play their next four games in Delhi, starting with the clash against the Rajasthan Royals on April 29.
“One phase is completely over, it’s time for the next phase and I’m 100% sure that we will start the next phase very strong and come back to the tournament very strong,” said Suryakumar.
Punjab Kings leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who came back with numbers two for 21, said Chepauk’s trail was supporting the spinners and he was looking to start a wicket-to-wicket.
“… as the ball thrown outside was easy to hit, so my plan was to ball as many balls from stump to stump,” Bishnoi said.
The 20-year-old skipper said skipper KL Rahul asked him to work on some things.
“The two things (that I needed to work on) were that I should bowling more consistently, and he argued that if you worked more on your bowling it would be good. He said you’ll get a chance, wait, and I did, ”he said.
“If you are delivering in tough situations, when you get at bat or the ball, then it’s good for you and management’s confidence increases.”
The Punjab will face the Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday.