Mumbai Indians (MI) pacer Trent Boult has said that team’s middle-order must not be pleased with how things have gone for them in the tournament so far. The left-arm pacer has added that the defending champions will ‘obviously’ like to have a few more runs on the board.
Notably, Rohit Sharma’s MI have failed to put up a total of more than 160 runs in their first 4 matches of the IPL 2021 season.
Playing on the slow and tricky wickets of Chennai, Mumbai Indians have batted first on all the 4 occasions and have managed to win two of them. In their last match against Delhi Capitals, Mumbai failed to defend 137.
The middle-order consisting of Ishan Kihsna, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard are yet to score big.
“I am sure the middle-order is probably not too pleased with how things are going so far but I know the guys are hungry and desperate to put in the performance in our last game here in Chennai tomorrow,” Boult said ahead of the team”s game against Punjab Kings.
“We have not had an ideal start, obviously like to have a few more runs on the board. But one of the strengths of this side is fighting till the end and the bowlers have managed to do that. Hopefully, we put runs on the board,” added the New Zealand pace ace.
Wickets are hard in Chennai
Further, the 31-year-old stated that Mumbai batsmen will look to give themselves more time in the middle before playing their shots on the hard wickets in Chennai.
“I think it is very hard for me to talk from a batting point of view. They (Hardik and Pollard) are key ingredients to our team, things have not gone to plan as yet. Wickets are hard here.
“They must be thinking about giving themselves some extra balls. Yeah, hopefully, we can take advantage of the good starts we are getting in the power play,” Boult said.
Dew part and parcel of games in India
The dew factor has played a massive role in the season and bowlers have found it difficult to bowl with the wet ball. Talking about the conditions not so familiar to him, the New Zealand quick said dealing with it and finding a way out was the only option.
“I think it definitely gets tricky when the ball gets wet. We have the experience of playing in Chennai and the other night (against Delhi Capitals) was probably the worse it has been.
“For a foreign player coming to this country, it is something definitely different to what we used to (have) back in New Zealand and it (dew) is part and parcel of the game here and as a bowler, you simply have to find a way to able to execute some sort of deliveries.
“But ideally you want to see an even contest between bat and ball,” the left-arm pacer added.
Punjab Kings batsmen are incredibly dangerous
Mumbai Indians face Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their last match of Chennai leg on Friday. Boult has termed the batsmen of the opposition team as dangerous and called their captain KL Rahul one of the classiest batsmen in the world.
He also said that it will be a challenge to bowl to the Punjab Kings batsmen, whom he rated as dangerous.
“They (Punjab Kings batsmen) are incredibly dangerous. I have bowled to KL Rahul a few times and I think he is one of the classiest batsmen in the world when he gets going. So, 100 per cent we need to be on our game as a bowling unit.
“Chris Gayle, the Universe Boss, is a very experienced player, it is going to be a great challenge, we are coming off a defeat and we would be firing,” he said in reply to a query by PTI.
The speedster also rated England’s top-order batsman Dawid Malan, who is with the Punjab Kings, as a “dangerous player”.
“I have barely played (against) him a couple of times, the last time I played, he got a hundred, obviously a very dangerous player.
“Hard to tell the make up of the Kings’ side but one thing we have in our favour is the experience of playing four games on this surface already and understanding that it is a tricky surface,” Boult signed off.