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LSG vs MI: Rohit Sharma upset with irresponsible batting after MI suffer 8th successive defeat

Mumbai Indians’ (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma reckoned that his team couldn’t perform to expectations in their game against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). On Sunday, April 24, the Mumbai-based team faced a 36-run defeat at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and stayed winless in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Having lost the game, MI kept tottering at the bottom of the table with eight losses on the trot.

The 34-year-old Sharma admitted that the pitch didn’t have any demons and MI batters should have focused on building partnerships. The Mumbai skipper also stated that poor shot selection didn’t allow his side to chase down 169 against a potent LSG bowling unit.

‘Irresponsible shots’

“I thought we bowled pretty okay. It was a good pitch to bat on but we didn't bat well enough. We should have chased that down. When you have a target like that, you need those partnerships which we couldn't do. Some irresponsible shots including mine,” Sharma was quoted as saying after the match.

“They bowled well in the middle. We haven't batted well in the tournament. You have to ensure one of the batters bats long, but we have failed to do that in this tournament. Some of the opposition players have done that and that has hurt us,” he stated.

Back in the mega auction, MI secured the services of Singapore batter Tim David, but the right-handed batter has had to warm the benches after a few games. On David’s inclusion in the eleven, Sharma said that he doesn’t believe in chopping and changing way too much.

“Looking at how the tournament has gone, every player has come into the discussion. We want to make sure whoever gets a chance, they get a run in the XI. So we try not to make too many changes. Whoever plays should get enough opportunities, that's how I look at it,” Rohit added.

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MI are next scheduled to lock horns with Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Saturday, April 30 at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai.

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