Ending as the bottom-placed side in the ten-team points table(Cricket Exchange News)
The dip in Mumbai’s performance was mainly due to their big guns failing to fire, almost throughout the tournament. One among them was their skipper and premier batter Rohit Sharma, who could only manage 268 runs from 14 encounters at a poor average of 19.14. He also finished the campaign without hitting a single half-century, with 48 being his highest score in the tournament.
Opening about his struggle, Rohit remained optimistic about regaining form and feels a “minor adjustment” can rectify the error.
Sharing his views on the campaign, Rohit added: “It was a bit disappointing season for us as we couldn’t execute our plans at the start of the tournament. And we know that in tournaments like the IPL, you have to build that momentum.
“Initially, when we kept losing games one after another, that was a difficult time. For us, what was important was to make sure that whatever we had planned, we came out and tried those things. It didn’t happen exactly the way we wanted to.
Despite a disappointing season, Mumbai finished the campaign on a high and defeated Delhi Capitals by five wickets, which saw the later crash out of the play-offs race.
“But it happens sometimes when you have a new team as some players take some time to understand their roles. Certain guys were playing for the first time for this franchise. And they play different roles when they play for their country, for their state, or in different leagues. And when they come here, they get different roles. So it takes a little time to get adjusted.”