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IPL: Why are Mumbai Indians in crisis?



Mumbai Indians (MI) have had the worst possible start to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season.

They have lost all the six matches they have played so far, which is impossible to digest for any MI fan.

Some people are consoling themselves that MI are known to be slow starters before revving it up and launching themselves in the latter part of the season.

But that kind of thinking shows an ostrich mentality. It’s important to analyse why MI are under-performing so that corrective steps can be taken.

So let’s look at 4 big reasons for the slide.

The obsession with Ishan Kishan

There is no doubt that Ishan is a great talent.

In full flow, he is a sight for sore eyes and a proven match-winner.

Yet, he is also young and is relatively inexperienced in handling extreme pressure.

The pressure comes from 2 sources. One, by playing for MI which is probably the most watched and followed team in IPL where the spotlight is always on the players.

Every action is observed with a microscope and every failure is analysed and discussed, so the players have no option but to perform from the first moment.

The second source of pressure is the 12 crore price tag that can put a huge mental burden on a young cricketer like Ishan.

Without the maturity to handle these kind of expectations, the talent can shrivel up and wither under the harsh scrutiny of the media and cricket fans.

Too many changes

MI had a core of a successful team which they dismantled this year.

Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult and the Pandya brothers were highly experienced IPL performers who could ensure that the wicket-taking burden wasn’t left only to Bumrah.

In their absence, Bumrah’s performance has also dipped.

They’ve persisted with Tymal Mills and Daniel Sams who haven’t been successful in plugging the runs.

Quinton de Kock was another vital peg of the MI batting line up.

In his absence, the land of Ishan and Suryakumar has increased disproportionately.

The result is an imbalanced squad with too many young faces and lack of experience which is impacting performance.

Rohit’s form

The MI skipper has struggled to get going in the tournament.

He’s batting with so many inexperienced batters around him that he feels he has to shoulder the added responsibility of scoring the bulk of the runs.

This is resulting in lapse of concentration and the wrong shots, leading to an early dismissal.

Brittle middle-order

Mumbai has suffered in their first two matches due to a weak middle order.

Hardik and Krunal Pandya, to handy performers with the bat are no longer part of the team.

Suryakumar Yadav did not feature in the first two games due to injury concerns and the losses put further pressure on the inexperienced middle-order in the subsequent matches.

Tilak Varma looks like an outstanding talent but he hasn’t been getting much support from the other batters.

Due to Kieron Pollard’s bad form, MI really don’t have a proper finisher.

It’ high time MI get over their obsession with Kieron Pollard and try someone like Tim David who can be explosive in the final overs.

Pollard is a passenger in the team as he is not performing with the ball either.

Dewald Brevis looked good in his first IPL outing and He should be given a long run.

Time to rebuild

MI have been a great IPL team but it’s now the time to start afresh.

Brevis, Varma, Suryakumar and Ishan are 4 amazing talents they can build on.

What MI needs are 2-3 solid all-rounders who can also perform the role of finishers.

Bumrah can’t be expected to shoulder the bowing attack on his own and urgently needs reinforcements.

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WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo storms off pitch after throwing his runner’s-up medal into stands




Cristiano Ronaldo and his AL-Nassr side lost the Riyadh Cup to AL Hilal on Saturday. It was a clinical performance from the Al-Hilal side as they won the match 2-0. It was a frustrating night for the Portugal legend as he was heckled by the fans in the crowd.

The cameras panned to Cristiano Ronaldo who was swarmed by his teammates. There were chants cheering on Lionel Messi from the stands. Already peeved after losing the game, Ronaldo lost his cool and threw his medal at the fans.

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During the game, Ronaldo was seen showing disgraceful actions towards the AL-Hilal fans. A scarf which was thrown his way saw the Portugal superstar rub it in the most inappropriate area. The 39-year-old earned the ire of the fans after this incident came to light.

AL-Hilal down AL-Nassr to win Riyadh Cup 2024 –

The 2024 Riyadh Cup final saw some amazing football being played. Cristiano Ronaldo was all smiles as WWE Superstar The Undertaker came out to place the trophy. Once the action began it was an end-to-end encounter as both teams went hard at goal.

Serbian star Sergej-Milinkovic Savic opened the scoring in the 17th minute of the game. It was two-nil 13 minutes later as Salem Aldaswari scored an amazing goal. That was the end of the contest despite an hour left in the game to be played.

There was no way back for the Al Nassr side as they looked clueless in front of goal. Not many chances were created by Ronaldo and his team. Al Hilal’s defense held their own against a rampaging Al Nassr side in the last few minutes.

There was pandemonium in the stands as the final whistle was sounded and the Al Hilal fans celebrated. There was a chorus of Messi chants which visibly irked Ronaldo at the end of the game.

Ever since his move from Manchester United in late 2022, Cristiano Ronaldo has changed Saudi Football. The likes of Karim Benzema and N Golo Kante are currently playing in the Saudi Pro League. AL Hilal themselves signed noted Brazilian sensation Neymar who sic out injured. With the veteran star in the twilight of his career, this kind of behaviour is least expected from Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Sandeep Lamichhane convicted of molestation, jailed for eight years



Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has been convicted of raping a 17-year-old in 2022. During the case, he kept playing for the team, notably during the Asia Cup 2023 and ODI World Cup qualifier in June last year. After the case was filed, he was playing for eventual winners, Jamaica Tallawahs. The leg-spinner was released from the team and was taken into custody.

“I know I am facing a difficult time of conspiracy and wrongful allegation and the ramification of its effect is something unimaginable. I am sure there must be some mechanism of compensating to the accused who proven to be innocent in our legal system,” he wrote. “I will soon seek legal support against wrongful prosecution and allegation made against me and I am sure I will get the justice and will return to the cricket ground soon to make the name and fame of my beloved country and I pray for speedy trial.”

After landing home, the former Delhi Capitals player claimed that the allegations made against him were baseless.

“All these things affected me mentally on one hand and on the other hand, I had to go through illness, and due to mental stress and ill health I kept myself in isolation. I have been mentally and physically affected by the portrayal and I have reached a state of imbalance and I have been bringing myself back to a normal state under the advice of doctors. My health is gradually improving, and I am planning to return to Nepal as soon as possible to defend against the false complaint against me,” the leggie wrote on Facebook in September 2022.

Talking about the current status, the bench also slapped him with a fine of Rs 300,000 (USD 2255 approx) and ordered him to pay Rs 200,000 (USD 1500 approx) in compensation to the victim. Lamichhane’s lawyer, Saroj Ghimire, told AFP that he “will appeal the decision in a higher court.”

Sandeep Lamichhane’s career at a glance

He is the first Nepal player to play in IPL, PSL, CPL, and several other leagues. He made his international debut at the age of 18

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WATCH: Gautam Gambhir makes endearing comment while answering question related to Virat Kohli



Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir is believed to have a personal dislike for former India skipper Virat Kohli. Over the years, Gambhir has been critical of the 2008 U19 World Cup-winning captain on a lot of issues. Not to forget, Gambhir has been vocal about not the media should be worshipping individual players.

During a talk show on Star Sports, the two-time World Cup winner was asked about the bowler Kohli faced while completing his 50th ODI hundred. As Gambhir gave the right answer, he also mentioned that his rivalry is with Kohli which stays on the field only.

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He replied:

“Lockie Ferguson.”

Gambhir then smilingly went on to add:

“Ye aap baar baar dikhana, mujhe sab kuch yaad rehta hai. Ladai meri sirf on the field hai (Please show this clip again and again, I remember everything. My fight is only on the field)”

I want Virat Kohli to bat with the same intent he is known for: Gautam Gambhir

In another conversation. Gambhir said that Kohli must bat the same way against South Africa in the two-match Test series the way he does. Notably, the latter won’t play the practice game as he has come back to India for personal reasons. However, the right-hander will be available for the series.

“It will be in Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s minds that Shreyas Iyer, who is on his first tour, will be batting after Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul, if he plays, will be playing as a wicketkeeper for the first time. However, I want Virat Kohli to bat with the same intent he is known for.”

India’s squad for Tests: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KL Rahul (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Prasidh Krishna, KS Bharat (wk)

Tuesday 26-Dec-23 to 30-Dec-23 1st Test Centurion
Wednesday 03-Jan-24 to 07-Jan-24 2nd Test Cape Town
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