IPL 2022: On Thursday, Mumbai Indians lost their 7th straight game of IPL 2022 against Chennai Super Kings. This time it was a close game as the legendary MS Dhoni finished off the game in style when 4 was needed on the last ball.
Chris Lynn, a former MI batter who was with the franchise from 2020-to 2021, in a recent conversation on ESPNcricinfo said that MI doesn’t look like a team of 11 players. He thinks that there are factions everywhere on the side.
Mumbai Indians Are Not Playing As A Team Chris Lynn
The former MI batter said that MI is looking like a team with low morale. The batter who played just 1 game for the franchise in his two years at the club said that the players aren’t looking in the best shape.
“When you are down at the bottom of the table, guys like your captain, but also Kieron Pollard – he will be normally running in from deep mid-on or mid-off, helping out, calming him down,” Lynn said on ESPNcricinfo’s T20 Time: Out show.
“We haven’t seen that with Mumbai yet because they are starting to sort of break off into little groups and they just want to get off the field. And it’s not a great sign. And I think the change room right now wouldn’t be a great place to be in.”
Lynn won the IPL with MI in 2020, it was their 5th title overall, and 2nd consecutive title. Comparing his time at the franchise with how things are right now in the camp, he said, “Flipside of that, when they won the tournament two years ago, there were conversations happening all the time – how can we get better, how can we get out of the over.
“All those little organic conversations were happening without coaching staff telling them to do that because blokes were up and about wanting to win. So we are not seeing that, we are seeing the complete opposite: it seems like instead of a team of 11, there are 11 individuals out there.”
He also mentioned that MI are in that phase where losing has become a habit for them, but he also hoped that MI would come good at some stage.
“Winning is a habit and losing is a habit, MI have got issues with the bat, with the ball, and in the field and mentally. It just seems like there are factions everywhere in the setup.
“So hopefully they can sort that out soon because when Mumbai is playing good cricket it is good for IPL, it’s good for world cricket, and they are a very, very impressive side when they are doing well,” he added.
Chris Lynn went unsold at the mega auctions earlier this year.