Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar opined that Mumbai Indians (MI) might have to make a decision whether to play Suryakumar Yadav in their crunch game against Delhi Capitals (DC) on Saturday. He has been struggling for form in the second leg of the IPL 2021 season being held in the UAE.
Suryakumar has registered sorry scores of 3, 5, 8, and 0 in the four matches played so far. He has looked completely off-character and the reason behind it is unknown. Suryakumar is part of India’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup so he will have to get going quickly.
“When we were talking about MI’s out-of-form batsmen, we were taking names like Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya. Suryakumar Yadav wasn’t scoring the runs but we were saying that he would eventually find form. However, the way he was dismissed in the last game is surely a cause for concern for MI.”
“This is a big game for MI and they can see it in two ways. Since it is a big game, they can show trust in Suryakumar Yadav that he will find form, or they can completely drop him like the way SRH dropped Warner for Jason Roy,” Manjrekar mentioned.
Sanjay Manjrekar wants Steve Smith to open if Prithvi Shaw is unfit
The DC opener, Prithvi Shaw, missed their last game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Tuesday due to an injury. If he hasn’t recovered, Aussie batsman, Steve Smith should take his place at the top. Smith scored a watchful 39 against KKR on a tricky pitch in Sharjah.
“The game is in Sharjah where the ball is turning and you need to be good against spin. In the last game, Steve Smith played really well and looked like one of the better DC batsmen. He made the least errors and so his playing is important if Shaw is unfit,” Manjrekar added.
MI will be up against the odds when they take on second-placed DC in the first game on Saturday. A loss could severely dent MI’s chances of making it to the playoffs.