Poor form of Ishan, Suryakumar is a big concern for Virat & Shastri – Former player

Mumbai Indians have struggled in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League in the UAE. The defending champions defeated Punjab Kings in the last match but they are still in danger of missing out on the playoffs berth.

The reason behind Mumbai’s patchy form is the performance of Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, who have been found wanting. While SKY has not passed double-digit scores in the four matches so far, Ishan was dropped from the playing XI.

Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri are under pressure due to the performance of the duo ahead of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Cricketer-turned-expert Ajit Agarkar feels Ishan Kishan and Yadav’s form must be a worry for the Men in Blue.

“It was nothing shot from Suryakumar Yadav (when he got out). Everyone goes through bad patches. But you still want to try and bat a few balls. Just look so short of confidence, Suryakumar Yadav at the moment. This must be a worry for them. He needs to spend some time on the pitch,” Agarkar said on Star Sports.

“If you bat a certain number of balls, and if you have the ability, the rhythm might come back. Today was a great chance because the other pitches have been a lot tougher. So, it is certainly a little bit of worry because he has looked way short of form and confidence,” he added.

The team management has time to change the already announced squad till October.

“Suryakumar has been in so good in form for India, and in past few IPLs, it’s just surprising how short he has looked in form and confidence. Ishan Kishan was also, rightly left out in my opinion by MI. Yes, he has been part of the Indian team, but Saurabh Tiwary has looked good. And Mumbai had to win this game.

“So they needed a couple of players in good form because Mumbai’s middle-order has looked quite fragile. But it is certainly a little bit of worry for India because they have invested in these two guys, and at this point, they do not look great,” Agarkar signed off.