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4 reasons for Mumbai Indians' slow start

Why Mumbai Indians have started slowly in the IPL yet again.

Top 5 / Top 10 15 Apr 2018, 16:19 IST
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Mumbai are off to yet another bad start in IPL
Mumbai Indians are off to yet another bad start in IPL.

Mumbai Indians have lost all three games they have played this season, and as a result, find themselves at the bottom of the points table yet again, at the start of a new IPL season.

The Mumbai-based franchise is among the most successful franchises in the IPL. MI have won the IPL title three times, along with two Champions' League triumphs.

Although MI boast a win percentage of 58.27% in the last 10 seasons, they have often been found guilty of being slow starters. Mumbai have failed to win their opening game for 6 seasons now and their record at the start of the season remains dismal.

Let us have a look at the possible reasons for Mumbai Indians' slow start in this years' IPL.


#1 Rohit Sharma's form

Rohit has been out of form in the first three games.
Rohit has been out of form in the first three games.

Rohit Sharma is known for his sublime batting and a textbook-perfect technique. He has, time and again, demolished bowling line-ups single-handedly.

However, the Mumbai batsman is often found vulnerable at the start of his innings. He is known to take time at the start of his innings to get into the groove.

Similarly, it takes him a few matches to get going in the IPL. This rustiness of the captain rubs on to the other players as well. Historically, MI's IPL campaign has been like a typical inning of Rohit Sharma. A slow start followed by firing on all cylinders.

In the three games of this season, Rohit has scored mere 44 runs at an average of 14.67.

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