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Former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha said Mumbai Indians should maintain an undisturbed dressing room environment despite suffering six losses in a row in IPL 2022. The Rohit Sharma-led side suffered an 18-run loss against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on Saturday at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

Mumbai Indians surpassed its worst record of losing the first five matches in IPL 2014 in UAE.  LSG skipper KL Rahul’s magnificent century guided LSG to a creditable 199/4 in the first innings. In its response, MI could manage to put up 181/9 in a lacklustre fightback led by Dewald Brevis’ 13-ball 31.

It is important is how Mumbai Indians navigate the dressing room atmosphere: Pragyan Ojha

Ojha, who played 38 matches for Mumbai Indians in IPL, said the team management must ensure that no harm is caused to the dressing room atmosphere.

“It is important is how you navigate the dressing room atmosphere. I’m saying this because Mumbai Indians have always kept it good. They have lost six on the trot for the first time and I would like to stress that as a champion team, keep the dressing room environment in good shape,” Ojha said on Cricbuzz. 

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Pragyan Ojha
Pragyan Ojha (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I would like to add is when you have lost so many games, the big thing is their dressing room atmosphere brought them back. It’s vital to keep it healthy because there should be no differences in there,” he added.

Mumbai Indians have done several things without finding the right combination: Pragyan Ojha

Ojha also pointed out that the Mumbai Indians think-tank failed to place the right combinations in the team and they must ruminate on it if at all they stand any chance of turning things around in IPL 2022.

“If there is even a little chance of a comeback by beating the odds, the dressing room environment must be good because you lose a game there, execution happens on the field. Winning and losing are within the dressing room,” Ojha said. 

Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credits: Twitter)
Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credits: Twitter)

“It’s a massive wall and to break it, they have to ponder a lot. Mumbai Indians have tried everything. We have seen Unadkat has played at number 7, today Fabian Allen, previously Tim David. They have done several things without finding the right combination,” he added. 

Mumbai Indians will next face arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings on April 21 at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai.

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