Mumbai Indians Face Uphill Battle After Two Consecutive IPL Defeats

Mumbai Indians Face Uphill Battle After Two Consecutive IPL Defeats

Mumbai Indians’ IPL 2024 campaign has started with two consecutive defeats, raising concerns among fans and experts alike. The franchise’s decision to trade Hardik Pandya from Gujarat Titans and appoint him as captain has come under scrutiny after the team’s poor start.

In their opening match, Mumbai narrowly lost to Gujarat Titans, but their second match against Sunrisers Hyderabad was a heavy defeat, with Hyderabad scoring a mammoth 277 runs in 20 overs. Pandya has faced criticism for his leadership and performance, while his wife, Natasa Stankovic, has been targeted by trolls on social media.

Despite the setbacks, Pandya remains optimistic and has urged his team to stay united. “Toughest soldiers get the toughest test; we are the toughest team in the competition,” he said in a video posted on Mumbai Indians’ social media handle. “Let’s make sure we will help each other; worst or good, we will be together.”

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who is a mentor for Mumbai Indians, believes the team has the potential to turn things around. “The game was very much open. The target was very much achievable,” he said. “Let’s stick together, tighter. There are going to be tougher moments, we will stick together as a group and pull it through.”

Mumbai Indians will be looking to bounce back in their next match against Chennai Super Kings on April 15. The team will need to find a way to improve their bowling and fielding, while also finding consistency with their batting.