Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma updated on Suryakumar Yadav’s availability for their next game of IPL 2022. Suryakumar sustained a hairline fracture on his thumb during the T20I series against West Indies in February and was subsequently ruled out of the Sri Lanka T20I matches.
Mumbai Indians’ Director of Cricket Zaheer Khan had said the 31-year-old batter would be part of the team against Rajasthan Royals (RR) but that wasn’t the case as the player hadn’t recovered completely.
We want to give Suryakumar Yadav time: Rohit Sharma
MI lost their second game in a row after being thumped by the Royals with a 23-run loss on Saturday. After the match, Rohit said Suryakumar will be available for the selection only when he attains complete fitness and the team won’t rush after him.
“He (Suryakumar) is a key player for us. Once he is fit he will come straight back. These finger injuries can be tricky and we want to give him time,” Rohit said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
MI vs RR: Happens when you come up against a quality batter like Jos Buttler: Rohit Sharma on MI’s defeat
Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler displayed a fine exhibition of power-hitting to register his second century in the IPL. Buttler scored 100 off 68 balls, including 11 fours and five sixes, at a strike rate of 147.06. Buttler hammered MI pacer Basil Thampi for 26 runs in the fourth over.
The England swashbuckling player’s spectacular knock was ended by MI’s bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, who picked 3/17 from four overs where his other colleagues conceded more than 30 runs in their respective spells. Tymal Mills was the second-best bowler for MI with figures of 3/35.
Despite the fifties from Ishan Kishan (54) and Tilak Varma (61), the five-time defending champions fell 23 runs short of the target. Rohit appreciated the efforts of his players in the game against RR and also acknowledged Buttler’s classic performance.
“Bumrah bowling well, Mills too, Tilak’s batting was exceptional and so was Ishan’s. I think one of those two should have batted through. The other side is big and we wanted to make the batters hit to that side, but it happens when you come up against a quality batter like Buttler,” the MI skipper said.
MI will play their next game of IPL 2022 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on April 6.