Hyderabad: Defending champions Mumbai Indians have been a disappointment so far in IPL VII.
With a squad boasting of quality players like Rohit Sharma, Corey Anderson, Michael Hussey, Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh they were expected to put up impressive performances. But that hasn’t been the case.
As a result, they have won just two games out of eight and should they lose one or two matches more, the defending champions will be in the danger of missing a play-off berth.
On Monday, when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, in Uppal, all eyes will be on how the Pollards and the Malingas perform against a team who are high on confidence.
Apart from going through good form, the Sunrisers also have an impressive record at their homeground after making their debut last season. They have won seven out of eight matches at the ground.
Mumbai Indians’ bowling department suffered a blow after the experienced Zaheer Khan was ruled out of the meet with an injury. Much will therefore depend on Malinga, Harbhajan, Pragyan Ojha and Praveen Kumar, who has come in place of Zaheer.
Praveen, who took two wickets in his IPL VII debut, against the Chennai Super Kings, is eager to prove himself after the snub in the players’ auction earlier this year.
“I was very disappointed when I was not picked at the auction. It was a shocking moment for me,” Praveen told IPL’s official website. “There came a point at that time when I actually stopped stepping out of my house, thinking what people would talk about me and feared if they would ask me different kinds of questions. But slowly the negativity faded. “