MI vs PBKS: When He Took It Upon Himself To Get That Big Over Off Rabada, The Pressure Mounted" - Sanjay Manjrekar On Suryakumar Yadav's Tactical Blunder

Published - 14 Apr 2022, 01:53 PM

Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar (Image Credits: Twitter)

In the IPL 2022 match between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Punjab Kings (PBKS), former Indian batter Sanjay Manjrekar believes Suryakumar Yadav made a tactical error by taking on Kagiso Rabada instead of waiting for Odean Smith’s over (PBKS).

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Mumbai’s losing streak in the tournament extended on Wednesday when they were defeated by PBKS by 12 runs at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. With a score of 186 for nine, the five-time winners fell short of their goal of 199.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav. (Photo: IPL)

Suryakumar was hailed by Manjrekar for bringing the team back together. He, on the other hand, thought the right-handed batter’s decision to face Rabada in the 19th over was erroneous. In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Sanjay Manjrekar said:

“I believed Suryakumar had made a little blunder. With Rabada bowling and Jaydev Unadkat at the other end, he may have remarked anything along the lines of – Rabada is a tricky one to get away from. Let it be against Odean Smith if I have to keep striking for all six balls. When he took it upon himself to grab that big over off Rabada, the pressure increased.”

The runouts were a “major turning point” in the game: Sanjay Manjrekar

Tilak Varma’s run out earlier in the game, though, was a “huge moment” in the game, according to Manjrekar. Sanjay Manjrekar stated, ”

“Tilak Varma has snatched a crucial time in the game. With the 29-run advantage that Dewald Brevis (49 off 25) provided, it suddenly became extremely doable. Tilak Varma and Suryakumar Yadav had a fantastic working relationship.”

Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma. Photo- IPL
Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma. Photo- IPL

“It was there for them to casually meander through, safe in the knowledge that Pollard was nearby. It was a gift to be run out at that point and to make matters worse, Pollard was also run out.”

Mumbai Indians (MI) lost their fifth game in a row on Wednesday, putting them at the bottom of the points chart in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL).

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