“Are Hardik and David so bad that they can't strike earlier? »: 'Baffled' Sehwag wants 'stern action' against MI stars after KKR defeat


Mumbai Indians faced another defeat in IPL 2024 at home as Kolkata Knight Riders registered a 24-run win on Friday to further boost their playoff chances. MI are virtually out of contention for the top four spots as this was their eighth defeat in 11 matches; apart from winning all their remaining matches, Mumbai Indians would also need favorable results from other teams to ensure their playoff qualification.

Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya plays a shot during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match (AFP)

THE Riders were bowled out for 169 while batting first, but made a strong comeback in the innings after struggling at 57/5 at one stage. MI's batting order, however, has yet to be met; except Suryakumar Yadav (56), no other batter has been able to cross even 30 in a run chase. Additionally, some batting order decisions have raised eyebrows among some, with captain Hardik Pandya and Tim David coming in at 7th and 8th in the lineup, respectively.

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Hardik arrived on the 11th with MID reeling at 70/5 but failed to make his mark as he was dismissed on 1. David showed some intent but also fell in the 19th over, scoring 24 off 20 deliveries. Former India opener Virender Sehwag was baffled by MI's tactics during the run chase and urged strong action over the decisions that led to the team's eighth defeat in the campaign.

“KKR saved Andre Russell; he only played two balls. Mumbai Indians saved Hardik Pandya and Tim David. What did you achieve by doing this? There were many deliveries left and they all went out. You could have come earlier, or maybe you could have finished the game earlier too. I don't know what happens to them when they chase…Hardik Pandya at seven and Tim David at 8. I just don't understand what they did. Are these players so bad that they will be out if they arrive early? Sehwag said Cricbuzz.

“Hardik Pandya used to bat regularly at 4 when he was GT captain. What happened here? It puzzles me that experienced players come in so low.

I can't think about the future if you're not qualified

When the anchor suggested that MI might already be thinking about the 2025 season and thus promoting Naman Dhir and Nehal Wadhera at the expense of its experienced international players, Sehwag said the franchise cannot plan for the future if it barely wins matches in the present. .

“If you think about 2025, you should ask yourself who should strike where today. How to think about the future now? If you were qualified (for the playoffs), you might have experimented. You barely win and you experiment with the batting order,” Sehwag said.

“I’m baffled by this. The management must take stern action towards the players and ask them what is happening. Or, players should explain why their batting positions were changed. The captain, batting coach, bowling coach and support staff are at fault here. Owners should ask strict questions.

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