Mumbai cricketers in IPL 7: Hits and misses
Zaheer Khan: The biggest blow for Mumbai is that Zak has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a shoulder injury. With age clearly not on his side, Zak has looked a shadow of his former self since his comeback to international cricket. He has been providing valuable tips to young quickies like Jasprit Bumrah in the Mumbai Indians side, he has no match winning performances to show for himself. Although economical, he picked up only 5 wickets in the six games he played.
Ajinkya Rahane: He has been one of the most prolific scorers in for the Mumbai Ranji side and announced himself with a test hundred as well. Rahane, a part of the Rajasthan Royals has had a decent outing in the IPL so far with 224 runs in eight matches, including a match winning 72 against KKR in the match that ended through a super over.
Dhawal Kulkarni: Playing for the Rajasthan Royals, Kulkarni has been a part of the playing XI in 5 matches but has bagged only three wickets. A disastrous 27 run over against Kings XI in Shrajah cost him his place in the side and has not been a part of the team since. He made a comeback in the last game against the Sunrisers, without much use as he only bowled two overs for 19 runs
Iqbal Abdulla: From being one of the most sought after U-19 cricketer, Iqbal Abdullah has just fallen off the radar. After a couple of decent seasons with the Kolkata Knight Riders, Iqqi now plays for the Rajasthan Royals. He falling off the radar is evident from the fact that he has played only one game this season and has bowled only two overs, going wicketless
Rohit Sharma: He was an inspired selection to lead the Mumbai Indians last season. However, he has had a quite time with the bat this time around. However, he came good in the crunch match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he scored a breezy half-century, took 24 runs of Varun Aaron's last over as well as bowled an economical over to earn the award for man of the match. He now has 182 runs from seven matches at a strike rate of 125
Suryakumar Yadav: Sidelined for most of the time he spent at the Mumbai Indians, he has come into his own this season while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Coming in at number 7 or 8, Surya has provided the much-needed impetus towards the end of the innings for KKR. 127 runs in eight games and an impressive Strike Rate of 133, he is the finisher KKR looked upto in Yusuf Pathan. He has also taken a couple of good catches to highlight his value as a fielder as well
Abhishek Nayar: A genuine middle order batsman, the decision to make Abhishek Nayar open the innings for the Rajasthan Royals has backfired big time. The all-rounder has had a disappointing season so far. With only 43 runs in four games, Nayar has lost his place in the side, which has now been cemented by the young Karun Nair
Aditya Tare: He played an impressive cameo in Mumbai Indians’ first victory this season against the Kings XI Punjab. Apart from that six ball 16, Tare has had a blow-hot, blow cold season so far. He has had only 95 runs from the seven games he has played. A reason behind this could be his instability in the batting order. He has opened the innings, batted at No.3, 5 and even at 8, which has not given him the opportunity to have a settled frame of mind while batting
Pravin Tambe: For all those who cite age as a reason for not performing, this case will put you to shame. If a cricket-based fairytale ever gets made, Pravin Tambe would surely be its hero! At the age of 43, Tambe has been the leading wicket taker for the Rajasthan Royals with 12 wickets in seven matches. With a hat trick to his name as well, PT (his nickname in the Royals camp) has won the hearts of every cricket lover in the country who would surely now dream of seeing him play for Team India at some stage!