Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Poor form of Mumbai Indians (MI) continued in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as they suffered another disappointing defeat against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their last match on Saturday.

In a rain-curtailed 16-over match, MI failed to chase down a 158-run target. They were restricted to 139/8 despite a blistering start to the innings. Star batters Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav failed to make a mark resulting in MI’s miserable show.

Rohit struggled throughout his innings and could manage to score only 19 off 24 deliveries. The former captain was eventually dismissed by Varun Chakravarthy in the eighth over of the chase. Explosive Suryakumar followed suit after scoring 11 off 14 balls. The situation left MI in a tricky position in the chase.

In response, former India explosive opener Virender Sehwag wasn’t too pleased with the way Rohit and Suryakumar gave their wickets away in the game.

“Whoever bowls good, just play him out. If two wickets hadn’t fallen, Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav could’ve finished the match an over before. Vaibhav Arora, Mitchell Starc, Andre Russell and Harshit Rana had to ball anyway; if they played out the spinners and didn’t lose the wickets, they would’ve won the game,” said Sehwag during an interaction.

“You could be Rohit Sharma or Suryakumar Yadav, but at least respect the delivery if you can’t respect the bowler. The ball on which Rohit Sharma got out wasn’t a weak ball. No doubt Rohit and Suryakumar are great players, but that doesn’t mean you should hit the good deliveries, too,” the former great added.