Cricketer turned expert Sanjay Manjrekar feels that Mumbai Indians (MI) may drop Suryakumar Yadav from their next game against Delhi Capitals (DC). One of the main reasons for MI’s struggles in the IPL 2021 has been the lack of runs from their batters. The likes of Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, who’ve been rock solid in the middle order in previous seasons, have looked completely off colour. Yadav especially is going through a lean patch, having scored just 35 runs in the last six innings.
MI dropped Kishan from their previous game against Punjab Kings and they might do the same to Suryakumar Yadav against DC. Manjrekar said MI can show trust on Yadav and stick with him in a must-win game or can drop him and give another player an opportunity.
“When we were talking about MI’s out-of-form batsmen, we were taking names like Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya. Suryakumar Yadav wasn’t scoring the runs but we were saying that he would eventuallly find form. However, the way he was dismissed in the last game is surely a cause for concern for MI. This is a big game for MI and they can see it in two ways. Since it is a big game, they can show trust in Suryakumar Yadav that he will find form, or they can completely drop him like the way SRH dropped Warner for Jason Roy.”
Meanwhile, Manjrekar also feels that DC should stick with Steve Smith at the top if Prithvi Shaw is not fit for the game. Smith replaced injured Shaw in the last game and did well by scoring 39. Manjrekar feels Smith could be an asset for DC on a spin-friendly wicket of Sharjah.
“The game is in Sharjah where the ball is turning and you need to be good against spin. In the last game, Steve Smith played really well and looked one of the better DC batsmen. He made the least errors and so his playing is important if Shaw is unfit,” Sanjay Manjrekar concluded.
MI need to win all their games to stay in contention for playoffs. DC, on the other hand, just need a win to qualify but will be keen to carry on the momentum and finish in the top two.