Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene backed out-of-form Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan, who is consistently disappointing with their bat in this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL). However, Jayawardene believes in his battes and opines that a comeback is possible from the two talented openers.
MI skipper Rohit Sharma hasn’t been his usual self lately and the destructive batter who used to pummel the opposition attacks to submission has fallen consistently in the opening 7 matches of the season so far. Rohit, who could not open his account against CSK on Thursday night, has managed only 114 runs from seven innings this season.
“It has been up and down. To be honest, Ishan batted really well in the first couple of games, and then a bit of a slide. Ro (Rohit) has been hitting the ball really well, he gets good starts, 15-20 runs, looking good and then not being able to convert,” Jayawardene said after his team went down by three wickets to Chennai Super Kings on Thursday (April 21).
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Ditto has been the case of Ishan Kishan, whom Mumbai bought for Rs 15.25 crore, making him the highest buy of this year’s auction. But the left-handed batter, who also perished on zero against CSK, has managed only 191 runs from seven games.
“When that happens, and when you get out early, you feel that nothing is going your way. I have been a batsman (and) that is part and parcel but I will be concerned if they are not hitting the ball well or if they don’t have that confidence, but both of them have been batting well out there in the middle as well in the nets,” added the former Sri Lankan batting great.
He said it was necessary to back their abilities and if the two work hard and go through the processes, a turnaround was on the cards. “You need to back the ability, the confidence, these are the guys who have played a lot of IPL cricket, understand what needs to be done and just need to get in, work hard, go through the process and it will turn around,” the Mumbai Indians coach added.
Mumbai Indians are winless this season so far, having suffered seven defeats on the trot.