Krunal Pandya, the Mumbai all-rounder has not featured in today’s match for Mumbai Indians against Rajasthan Royals. He is one of the main all-rounders for Mumbai Indians so his absence is kind of surprising to netizens.
This match against Rajasthan Royals is must-win for Mumbai Indians. They are struggling this season but yet not out of Playoffs race mathematically. So Mumbai are expected to do all possible things to win the match. Krunal Pandya who has not been in good touch has been kept out of the Playing XI for this fixture. After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma said, “We are going to bowl first. We have tried everything in this UAE leg, we have tried batting first, we have tried bowling first. The wicket here doesn’t change too much, so we thought let’s have a target in front of us when we bat. We know where we stand at the moment. Every individual knows what they need to do. We have done enough talking, we have done the preparation, it’s about coming here and executing. We need to read the situation, not to worry about what is happening elsewhere, not to worry about the table as well. If we play well, the results will take care of itself.”
He then added, “Two changes: Ishan comes back for de Kock and Neesham for Krunal. We looked at how the game is being played here. The pacers have done well with their change-ups, the pitch tends to get slower and slower. It was unfortunate, Quinton is a very key player for us, so is Krunal. Unfortunately we have to do those changes and these guys have to miss out.”
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult