Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody has enlisted the team, which is the firm favourites to lift IPL 2020 trophy. A total of six matches have taken place so far, which has seen some exciting match-ups, battles, and close finishes. Following Mumbai Indians bouncing back against KKR in their second game, Tom Moody revealed why the defending champions are firm favourites to win the fifth title.
After going down to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the tournament opener, Mumbai Indians put up a clinical performance against Kolkata Knight Riders. Captain Rohit Sharma top-scored with 80, guiding his side to an imposing 195 in 20 overs. The seamers performed well to restrict the opposition to 146 in their stipulated overs to snap Mumbai’s six-match losing streak in the UAE.
Tom Moody took to his official Twitter handle and wrote that Mumbai Indians have got the bowling depth and quality along with batting skill and the firepower combined with tons of experience. Tom Moody stated that they displayed why they remain in the mix to lift the IPL trophy.
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) September 24, 2020
Tom Moody questions Dinesh Karthik’s timing to bring Pat Cummins to bowl:
The former SunRisers Hyderabad coach stated that instead of giving Pat Cummins the fifth over, Karthik should have given him the new ball to make a statement. The South Australian underlined that being the highest-paid overseas player, the keeper-batsman must have handed him the new ball to shake off the pressure of the price tag. KKR, who shelled out a mammoth amount of INR 15.5 crores on Cummins, leaked 49 runs in three overs, comprising of three fours and four sixes.
“I was a bit surprised to see Pat Cummins bowl his first over in the 5th over. Having an experienced spearhead like him, I’d give him the first use of the ball, be it the first or the 2nd over purely to have an impact in the game, just to make a statement. He came into this year’s IPL as one of the highest-paid players, just to shake the pressure off him, give him the ball, let him run in bowl quickly and give him the instructions to try and get wickets and not bowl conservatively in the 5th over,” the 54-year old told ESPN Cricinfo.