Defending champion Mumbai Indians has had a lacklustre begin to its IPL marketing campaign this yr. Three nail-biting losses in as many outings have resigned it to the underside of the pile.

So it wasn’t stunning to see Sachin Tendulkar, the MI mentor, actively concerned throughout the workforce’s coaching on the eve of its high-voltage conflict in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Tendulkar, together with head-coach Mahela Jayawardene, had an intense dialogue with captain Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Hardik Pandya within the nets.

Can Rohit Sharma lastly get going with the bat?

 

MI, regardless of a beneficial present by just a few of its uncapped gamers, has struggled to depart a mark; Sharma and Pandya proving to be its Achilles Heel.

An absence of a match-winning efficiency  – the 24-year-old missed a recreation owing to an ankle damage he suffered throughout the tournament-opener – may be attributed to Pandya’s dodgy health, however MI will likely be hoping that Sharma will get into his groove after a comparatively timid begin.

 

The third-highest run-getter in IPL historical past has a meagre 44 runs from three innings thus far. However greater than Sharma’s kind, it is his batting place that has left the host in a quandary.

After opening the innings within the first two matches, Sharma moved to No. 4, a place he has batted at steadily ever since taking on the reins of the workforce mid-way by IPL 2013.

Can Rohit Sharma lastly get going with the bat?

 

Suryakumar Yadav’s fruitful stint with Caribbean Evin Lewis on the high of the order – the duo opened in opposition to Delhi Daredevils at Wankhede on Saturday – means Sharma could choose sticking to the middle-order. The 30-year-old may even have the onus of seeing off RCB leggie Yuzvendra Chahal.

In opposition to a power-packed RCB facet – with the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers having already discovered kind – Sharma main from the entrance will likely be essential to Mumbai opening its factors tally.

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