The defending champions of the IPL and only three-time winners of the tournament Mumbai Indians (MI) were looking for a comfortable defense of their title. With most of their core retained, MI was looking forward to their campaign.
However, they started on an inauspicious note, as CSK defeated them by 1 wicket in the last over of the first match of IPL 11 and a pattern was formed, as MI kept losing matches in last over, either defending or chasing totals. They won just 2 matches out of their first 8 matches, and though they mounted a big comeback by winning 4 out of their last six matches, they lost their last must-win match against DD and crashed out of the tournament.
One of the biggest reasons was nonperformance of two of their core players in Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard. The ever unsolved puzzle of why Rohit doesn’t open for MI in IPL went unanswered this year too, as he fought for form.
MI fans might have hoped for a late revival, something that they got, but this time, they failed to take it all the way and fell at the last hurdle.
Team COC looks at the performance of the MI players and presents the player ratings for IPL 2018