With four points from five games, Mumbai Indians have struggled with the bat at the Chepauk, where scoring runs has been difficult. The five-time champions will now play their next four matches at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi. West Indian legend Brian Lara claims that Rohit Sharma‘s squad will face challenges to adjust to a new venue.
Brian Lara is worried about Mumbai Indians, believing that the defending champions are missing commitment and that the additional responsibility of moving from one stadium to another for a stretch of games would only add to their burden. MI has won two and lost three of their five matches at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium.
“I mean, it’s such a tournament that it’s so hard to say. I think the teams that are winning, like RCB, will go to every venue with confidence. I think teams without confidence will see venues as a problem, they would see pitches as a problem,” said Brian Lara on Star Sports.
Arun Jaitley Stadium similar to Chepauk, can trouble MI – Brian Lara
The former West Indian also pointed out that the wicket at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi is similar to the wicket at Chepauk which would be an issue for Mumbai Indians.
“I’m worried about Mumbai Indians. They are now going to another venue, which again, is a bit sluggish. How are they going to perform? I’m very, very worried about the double champions,” added Brian Lara.
MI’s campaign in the 14th edition, who are aiming for a hat-trick of IPL titles, has gotten off to a shaky start, with the middle-order failing to score runs. All of the batsmen have looked out of sorts, except for skipper Rohit Sharma and Surya Kumar Yadav.
Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard are yet to demonstrate any form with the bat, and the team will be hoping to make the most of their experience.
Mumbai Indians will face off against Rajasthan Royals today at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi