Former Indian player Virender Sehwag opined that Suryakumar Yadav was accountable for West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard’s runout against Punjab Kings on Wednesday. Mumbai Indians were drubbed by Mayank Agarwal & co in IPL 2022 after their 12-run loss at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Punjab Kings openers Mayank (52) and Shikhar Dhawan (70) scored vigorous half-centuries to propel their team to a huge score of 198/5 in the first innings. At one stage, Mumbai Indians seemed to accomplish the chase with utmost ease as young guns Dewald Brevis (49) and Tilak Varma (36) almost set the tone with an 84-run stand for the third wicket.
MI vs PBKS: Suryakumar Yadav was involved in a couple of run-outs
Brevis was the aggressor as he slammed four boundaries and five sixes in his 25-ball 49, he pummelled 28 runs against Punjab Kings spinner Rahul Chahar in the ninth over. The South African youngster missed his maiden IPL fifty by a whisker as he couldn’t pick the short ball off Odean Smith.
In the 13th over, Tilak Varma was run out by Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh at the non-striker’s end after a miscommunication with Suryakumar Yadav. Three overs later Kieron Pollard got run out despite being reluctant for the second run insisted by Suryakumar.
Suryakumar clobbered a couple of sixes to Vaibhav Arora but couldn’t finish the job for Mumbai Indians as he fell to Kagiso Rabada in the penultimate over. MI needed 22 runs in the final over. Jaydev Unadkat smashed Smith for a six on the first ball but the latter picked three wickets to defend the score.
Suryakumar Yadav might also have been under some pressure thinking that he caused the runout: Virender Sehwag
Sehwag pointed out that Suryakumar lost confidence after being involved in the twin runouts. The former Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) skipper said Brevis and Tilak should deliver consistently and enhance themselves in the coming matches.
“The game changed with Varma’s wicket. SKY might also have been under some pressure thinking that he caused the runout. Sometimes it happens, even though when you are in form, if you affect a runout, you go back into a shell. In the Tilak Varma case, it was 50/50, but he was certainly at fault for the Pollard runout,” Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.
“Brevis and Varma are great prospects. But, they will have to be consistent and keep learning and keep improving. They will have to meet the expectations and deal with their weaknesses,” he added.
Mumbai Indians have recorded their fifth straight loss in IPL 2022 and they are the only team yet to find a win this season. The five-time IPL champions will play Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on April 16 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.