When nothing fell in place for Mumbai and capitals were hit with injuries, illnesses and inconsistencies

Bombay Indians

where they ended
Tenth in a group of ten teams, a lower net run rate than Chennai Super Kings, who also finished with four wins and eight points, keeping them bottom of the table.

The seasoning in a nutshell
Everything that could go wrong, went wrong.

Rohit Sharma finished the season without a half-century. Ishan Kishan, their most expensive purchase, struggled for races and top form. Injured at the start, Suryakumar Yadav was unfortunately injured again towards the back. Kieron Pollard, one of their MVPs over the years, didn’t shoot. He hit under 110 while managing all 144 runs in 11 innings. The loss of form also led the team to sideline him for the last three games.

Tymal Mills, who they hoped would be a bowling partner of death for Jasprit Bumrah, was injured after five games. In the games he played, he conceded runs at 11.17 and above. They lacked a reliable wrist rotation option once M Ashwin lost the trust of team management. By the time they introduced left-arm spinner Kumar Kartikeya and leg spinner Mayank Markande at fullback, their playoff hopes had been dashed.

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Mumbai captain on major takeaways of the season and struggling bowling attack

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Leaving aside their big signing Tim David after a few bad outings. When he finally got an opportunity at the back, their campaign was done and dusted off. Still, he played a big part in winning three of their four games – something that Royal Challengers Bangalore benefited from; his whirlwind ten-ball 34 in Mumbai’s last game knocked out the Delhi Capitals. Overall, he hit his 186 runs in eight innings at a 216.27 strike rate, showing enough to be worthy of the finisher role next year and beyond.

Find of the season
Tilak Varma, the top notch left-handed big hitter, has been applauded by Rohit, who believes he will soon be an “all-around player for India”. The praise came following a consistent season where Varma played the role of a mid-order enforcer, hitting 397 runs to 131. His fearlessness, shooting range and composure stood out.

Dewald Brevis transitioned from Under-19 cricket to the IPL seamlessly. His aggressive mid-order striking with Varma bodes well for the team as they look to bounce back in 2023. Brevis cannot yet be judged on impact, even though he hit his runs at 149. However, his enthralling stroke game which has drawn comparison with AB de Villiers has everyone wanting more.

Notable mention
Hrithik Shokeen proved to be a practical offspinner with excellent intelligence, while Kartikeya, a left-arm bowler, showed he wasn’t intimidated by the big stage in the handful of matches he played.

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Capitals head coach sums up his team’s season

Capitals of Delhi

where they ended
A heartbreaking fifth after missing the playoffs following a loss in their last league game against Mumbai.

The seasoning in a nutshell
Covid-enforced quarantines, isolations, canceled training sessions, venue changes, key players injured or ill – have all contributed to the Capitals having to mix and match their combinations at different times, leading to a lack of continuity. If they were patching up opening combinations for one game, in the next they were looking to plug a mid-order hole or their bowling attack.

Prithvi Shaw’s poor health at a crucial moment caused a stir, as did Khaleel Ahmed’s absence for four games in the middle phase. Rishabh Pant’s form was spotty at best, while Lalit Yadav, who they were counting on to go big, disappointed. It all contributed to not being able to string together more than two straight wins at any stage.

Questionable movement
The rotation of fringe Indian players, especially hitters, has done them no good. They started with Mandeep Singh, moved to Sarfaraz Khan, then Ripal Patel and KS Bharat before returning to Sarfaraz. This game of musical chairs may have also affected the players.

Find of the season
Mitchell Marsh has shown he’s no longer the injury-prone all-rounder teams were hesitant to pick. Two impact shots with the bat at No. 3 and practical contributions with the ball helped him achieve his best season in 11 years – qualitatively, of course. Kuldeep Yadav has regained his mojo after an indifferent last three IPL seasons, going for 21 wickets in 14 games.

Notable mention
Back to where it all started in 2009, David Warner returned seamlessly with 432 carries to the top of the leaderboard at a 150 strike rate. brought with him the promise of greater things as a finisher.

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